Editorial: The tough talks...

Wednesday, May 29 2019

When it comes to difficult discussions, it helps to have a good moderator. The [most excellent] Gabriola Talks workshop this past weekend was able to come up with plenty of topics that people wanted to get on the table.

One key element groups identified, is a good facilitator or moderator can make or break a tough conversation. Those present have to agree to give that moderator the power to keep the conversation civil and on topic.

Otherwise neither side will get an opportunity to actually hear what each other is saying.

While we have moderators, good moderators, living on the island, the suggestion was made that perhaps we need to have a workshop in training moderators, facilitators, specifically for being those people who keep tough talks from turning into shouting matches.

The question now is finding volunteers to get trained.