Technically complex projects significantly benefit from experienced technical facilitators
Today's environmental challenges often require integrated solutions that involve multiple stakeholders working within complex technical, regulatory and economic constraints and opportunities.
The kind of technical debate that usually arises from such complex systems requires a facilitator with an in-depth knowledge of considerable technical nuance. Simply moderating a discussion is not enough. One must also have an unfettered knowledge of the rules of the game (i.e. the science and engineering skills), and the ability to objectively engage and enroll others into a design process.
A good environmental facilitator must also be capable of educating stakeholders about how natural systems work, and how project teams can develop integrated solutions. A facilitator who is an expert in restoration and natural sciences is more likely to dispel myths, eliminate confusion, clarify opportunities and focus teams toward productive outcomes.
Sound Watershed staff are qualified facilitators, trained in group communication dynamics, negotiations, education, and public participation processes. We have proven experience in bringing together common agreements in even some of the most contentious settings.