Facilitation Model for Leading the Climate Change Conversation


Climate change and biodiversity loss is rapidly advancing on our planetary civilization. Global warming and species extinction are outpacing present climate models calculating the risks to our living systems. In this course, participants will discuss the challenges at all levels of governance, from local community leaders integrating climate migrants, to Aboriginal Affairs to Agriculture, from Human Rights to Global Affairs to the Canadian Armed Forces.

This course is designed to train leaders to facilitate inclusive meetings, including civil society institutions and local leadership, that navigate potential policy solutions addressing the future possibility of living on a flourishing planet. We will summarize the latest climate research, providing a baseline for learning about a new facilitation model that powerfully addresses both the threats and strategies for transforming the present crisis.

Participants will also dialogue deeply about the potential for a sustainable future in global relations and within local communities. Drawn from Complexity Science and Integrated Peacebuilding, the Adjacent Possible (TAP) facilitation process uncovers and collects breakthrough ideas waiting to be discovered. These ideas provide unprecedented and scalable actionable policy initiatives that anticipate and prepare for the unknown and increasingly uncertain future on an altered planet.


Learning Outcomes

  • Understand a new model for facilitating the unprecedented dilemma of our climate future.
  • Describe the latest climate data, along with some of the most important new ideas for assuring a sustainable future.
  • Identify new challenges to global security and sustainability that require multilateral agreements and political will at every level of government.
  • Understand the risks to daily life from the scale, pace, and outcome of intense weather
  • Help themselves, family, and friends implement new ideas for a more livable future in their communities.



  • Government employees, NGO leaders, community activists who want to learn more about how to lead meetings and get actionable consensus, as well as anyone interested in this topic.



12 hours



  • $1095 (plus tax)


Featured Instructor

Merle Lefkoff, Ph.D. is Founding Director of the Center for Emergent Diplomacy, working internationally testing a new facilitation process for reaching climate change solutions. Lefkoff has decades of experience as a consultant to the leaders of many U.S. government agencies, including the White House and Department of Energy. She held an appointment as Guest Scientist and Affiliate at the Center for Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory and was a workshop presenter at the big United Nations climate meeting in November in Scotland.