Self-regulated workshops aim to deepen the dialogue between young professionals. They not only foster a common understanding and an agreement among participants regarding the “normalisation of relationships”, they also provide an opportunity to practice facilitating dialogue workshops across conflict lines.
At the Abkhazian-Georgian Dialogue and Study Visit Workshop (18-23 October, 2011) in Moldova, two Georgian and two Abkhaz Young Facilitators conducted the meeting for six plus six participants. The young team was supported by senior Berghof staff, who offered reflection and coaching sessions at the end of each working day. A similar workshop with South Ossetian-Georgian trainers and participants was conducted in December 2011.
With the introduction of the concept of self-regulated dialogue workshop, we entered into a new phase in the overall development of Berghof Foundation’s Georgian-Abkhaz-South Ossetian dialogue approach. In the past, our staff and our partners have facilitated 12 dialogue and study-visit workshops (six Georgian-Abkhaz and six Georgian-South Ossetian). Now, the role of the senior team of facilitators is increasingly shifting towards providing assistance as coaches and supporters.
Self-regulated dialogue workshops are part of the Berghof Foundation’s wider training concept in the region. Coaching serves to strengthen the heterogeneous team structures and to further empower the Young Facilitators.