2014-2015 Facilitation Fellowship Application

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We are seeking ten individuals with the desire and disposition to engender productive communication on Israel within New York’s Jewish communities. Participation in the Facilitation Fellowship will require a significant time commitment. Fellows must:

  • Be ready, willing, and able to participate in open, direct, and inclusive conversations and ultimately to collaborate closely with the other Fellows and Conveners, who are likely to have different backgrounds, views, experiences, and assumptions than you do. This does not mean you will be asked to check your own commitments and passions at the door! Rather, it means that you must have the desire and disposition to engage across differences in the spirit of our project.
  • Be able to sustain empathy and centeredness amidst heated conversation, even in the presence of views significantly different than your own. You do not need to have any particular background or formal training to apply.
  • Participate in training for Facilitation Fellows that will include an initial 3-day intensive retreat, followed by weekly or bi-weekly skills training and coaching sessions during which Fellows will have live practice in facilitating different modalities of dialogue and deliberation. Facilitation training is equivalent to a graduate level course in mediation, facilitation skills and conflict transformation theory and practice.
  • Be available to facilitate at least 2-4 events, usually conducted on evenings or weekends from February through May of 2015. To the greatest extent possible, events will be planned around the availability of Fellows’ schedules. Nonetheless, part of the training and certification process is doing “live” facilitations and all Fellows will be expected to make every effort to facilitate when opportunities arise.
  • Cost: Participation will cost $750, though there are partial and full scholarships available. Do not let cost be an obstacle to applying.

Important Dates:

  • Sept 1- October 3: Accepting and Reviewing Rolling Applications
  • October 3: Final Applications Due
  • October 8: Candidates Notified
  • October 31- November 2: Orientation/Training retreat at the Watershed Retreat Center
  • November-March 1-2: Meetings and/or practice sessions per month, including with “live” audiences
  • March-May: Participation as facilitator in at least two Convener events with opportunities to facilitate other Resetting the Table events
  • May 28, 2014: Closing Session for Resetting the Table’s 2014-15 Convener and Facilitation Fellowship cohorts.

To be considered for the 2014-2015 Facilitation Fellowship, please send the following information by Thursday, September 10 to resettingthetable@gmail.com:

  1.      Resume/CV and Contact Information
  2.      Bio and Headshot
  3.      Roles you play/have played in the New York Area Jewish community.
  4.      Answers to the following four questions (please limit your answers to 300 words or less)
    • Why do you want to participate in the Facilitation Fellowship?
    • What experience do you have as a facilitator, either formal or informal? What do you believe are your strengths and challenges as a facilitator? How do you see the Facilitation Fellowship supporting your growth?
    • What have you found to be your greatest challenges in talking about Israel? How do you tend to react when speaking with those who disagree with you?
    • What is the conversation surrounding Israel that you most wish to facilitate? Who would you like to bring into the room? What would you like them to share with one another?