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Family Activism by Roberto Vargas

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10BE THE FACILITATOR

The most powerful skill that activists can possess is the ability to bring people together to share meaningful conversation. Every day the need or opportunity arises to assist a group to plan, solve problems, have fun, or to share caring thoughts. When we know how to convene these groups and guide their conversation so that everyone participates, we can make major contributions to their transformation. The skill of assisting groups to effectively converse and work together is called group facilitation, and it is an essential tool in family activism.

I have been facilitating family gatherings for more than thirty-five years, as a son, brother, father, and a friend to many families. The first meetings I facilitated were ...

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