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Empowering Individuals, Groups and Organizations



The intent of the Facilitation Methods Collection is to give insight and access to individual, group, community and organization methods. ICA methods broaden and transform effective participation in decision making and deepen collaboration among individuals, organizations and communities. These methods were developed over 60 years by  staff and colleagues associated with the Ecumenical Institute and the Institute of Cultural Affairs. The methods create practical, applicable forms of social responsibility. Methods in this collection are intended to give you a way to help people broaden perspectives, acknowledge current reality, open to new possibilities and take steps to make necessary changes.



Currently confrontation, positionality, individualism, and promotion of falsehood point to a loss of the common good.  People are interested in developing a wide range of capacities and growing familiarity with basic participatory techniques. Organizations and sectors are rapidly developing highly collaborative work styles, teams, and ways of operating while at the same time, many institutions and sectors still seem entrenched in rigid, counterproductive approaches. 

Most of the  resources for this collection come from a 60 year “living archive” of EI and ICA colleagues who developed active networks, training systems, and courses around the world.  Thousands of practitioners, facilitators, organizational leaders and community leaders and individuals have been touched by the methods. Additionally, this collection is highly networked with other contemporary sources and approaches within the fields of facilitation, conflict transformation, and public participation.

The intent of the collection is to respond to current trends of:  

  • blending of hierarchical and facilitative approaches
  • emerging requirements for increasing collaboration
  • facilitating, implementing, leading and managing multiple teams
  • face to face and online connections
  • shifting worldviews

“The foundation of  facilitation methods is based upon natural human processes. We look at reality objectively. We step back from our observations and examine our responses. We step back again and make sense of our experiences. And then take a relationship to our lives. ”  Adapted from Getting to the Bottom of ToP by Wayne and Jo Nelson.



A comprehensive overview.  A Chronological History of the Ecumenical Institute and the Institute of Cultural Affairs 1952-1988

An Introduction to EI/ICA Methods  Transformational Methodologies 

Is a comprehensive compendium of Imaginal Education methods developed by staff of the Ecumenical Institute and the Institute of Cultural Affairs beginning in the 1960’s. The work in Imaginal Education is the  foundation of all methods developed by the ICA. See the Imaginal Education Collection. (Link to IMEd)

How developed? How used? How to learn? How methods build awareness & occasion transformation in groups and individuals. Write up development history of ORID as the basis for all other methods.

How do you do it?

Awareness and transformation