MBBI-LA and Rotary are partnering on a two-day training event which kicked off on September 23rd. Qualified MBBLA dialogue faciliators are training Rotarians on how to facilitate difficult conversations within their clubs. The sessions (pictured below) are lead by MBBI member and peace fellow Scott Martin.
Day 1 of the MBBI- LA-Rotary Partnership opened with a discussion on the key skills needed to be a good dialogue facilitator. After a few listening exercises, the group took some time to evaluate Rotary’s 4-Way Test in light of aggression and difficult discussions. By the end of these morning exercises, the participating Rotarians had a solid understanding of what it means to be a good moderator and how Rotary’s philosophies can be applied in challenging circumstances.
Following lunch, the group listened to presentations on sex-trafficking and learned about resources for victims in the Los Angeles area. In the break out session that followed, Rotarians had a chance to apply the skills learned during the morning hours and discuss human trafficking in Los Angeles in small groups. The Rotarian participants learned about themselves as leaders and have begun to foster some moderating skills that will be further honed during a second training on November 4th.