The Session Design Lab

During this workshop, you will get a grounding in designing participatory and interactive sessions that support learning, knowledge sharing, and empowerment. On the first day, we will dive into adult learning and explore a participant-centric session format called ADIDS (Activity, Discussion, Input, Deepening, and Synthesis). For the second day, you will design a session utilising the methods you were exposed to on the first day and have an opportunity to review your design with other participants.

We will also cover facilitation best practices and tactics for engaging participants pre and post-session.

By the end of the lab, you will have the following:

  • A peer-reviewed session design ready for implementation.
  • Increased expertise in facilitating practical workshops and convenings
  • An understanding of how to build collective power through meaningful and purposeful connection

You will also get to work with The Session Design Canvas and connect with others on a similar journey who can support your growth as a facilitator.

This lab is designed for people working with NGOs, non-profits, civil society organisations and charities.

Really great session that gave me some practical tools and more confidance to facilitate workshops in my work.

Session Design Lab Participant

The Session Design Lab is facilitated by Dirk Slater, who has spent the last quarter of a century finetuning his training and facilitation techniques. He is the Facilitation Support Coach for MozFest & RightsCon.

Dirk is very attentive and helpful in giving me the resources and insight I needed to make my campaigning session a reality. He taught me some things that seem so obvious but things I never considered before. Incredibly beneficial!

Session Design Lab Participant

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