Conversational Approaches to Education for Social Change

January 24th, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Jigsaw, Fairgreen, Galway
Cost: €25 to include lunch and refreshments, some bursaries are available please contact us for details.

How can we facilitate learners to really engage with local and global justice issues? How can we create conversations that really facilitate change and learning in our Communities?

These are some of the questions this one-day training seeks to answer. Organised by the Irish Development Education Association (www.ideaonline) the call for this event comes from a need to embed quality conversation and dialogue in education for social change.

Inspired by Art of Hosting approaches we will introduce and practice a number of different ways in which conversations may be hosted with different groups of people. We will consider when and why these methods can be used.

This one-day event is not an “Art of Hosting Training”, but rather an introduction to some of the core practices and methods used in Art of Hosting, a presentation of the concepts that underpin it and an exploration of their use in our practice as educators and activists (see for further info).

As a result of this one-day workshop you should feel more confident about using conversational approaches in your work, whether it is in the community centre, classroom, lecture hall or youth club. You should also have an understanding of the ideas and philosophy underpinning these approaches and where you can go to find out more.

The day will be facilitated by Alan Hayes and Eimear McNally.

Alan is the Development Education Trainer at the National Youth Council of Ireland. He is also a part-time lecturer in Youth & Community Work in the Liberties College, Dublin. Alan has been involved in facilitating conversations on Authentic Leadership since 2005 and has co-hosted two Art of Hosting trainings. He has red hair and doesn’t believe in coincidence.

Eimear McNally is Communications and Outreach Officer at IDEA. She regularly uses methods such as World Café and Open Space Technology with a variety of groups. She has attended a 4-day training in Art of Hosting in Sweden in April 2011 and was part of a team that hosted a training in the Burren, Co Clare in January 2012. See

For bookings contact the Galway One World Centre at 091 530590 /