Engaging The World: Conducting Public Open Forums
October 30, 2-5pm Pacific

Our world, cities and communities need … YOU, need us! 

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  • Bill Say
  • Level: All Welcome
  • Commitment: 3 hrs
  • Recording available until January 31, 2023
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Open forums are a potent way to engage the world, and address local and social issues. 
Open Forums provide a place where people can come together to discuss and explore an issue of mutual concern and build a sense of community.  Connecting to roles that emerge in the forum may enrich your own views and sense of wholeness.

What will I learn?

This class is an introduction to facilitating process-oriented open forums. You’ll learn key ideas to help you organize, structure and facilitate such a meeting in your community.


Discover how connecting to nature spot energies can help you hold diverse stakeholders and provide a base for more sustainable activism


Learn a simple forum structure that can build participation, invite multiple perspectives and foster communication


Prepare by practicing an “inner open forum” that can help you build your diversity awareness and prepare for the “outer” event


Practice engaging in a mini open forum: to hold the diversity of perspectives and positions that are expressed and begin to integrate “other” positions that may enhance your own views and wholeness

Welcome from Bill!

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Watch an example Open Forum Facilitated by Bill Say

Short documentary about open youth forum conducted at the Richmond Public Library, CA. The forum was facilitated by Bill Say, and included dialogue between young people, the mayor, law enforcement, school officials and other youth advocates.  Produced by Doug Harris, 2012.
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Meet the instructor

Bill Say, MA

Bill Say brings over twenty years of experience to the intersection of diversity awareness training, conflict resolution, and community building, including work in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. His organizational consulting includes work with the Cities of Berkeley, Richmond and San Rafael; Alameda County Human Resources; the Highlander Research and Education Center; Sustainable Economies Law Center; UN Refugee health organizations (UNRWA); New Energy in China; and Independent Thought and Social Action in India. Bill is an adjunct faculty member of the California Institute of Integral Studies, the Wright Institute, Process Work Institute and JFK University. He is a Mindell Process Work Diplomate. Bill is Korean Japanese American; cis, male and straight identified; spiritually oriented; married to Linda and parent to his son Gabe. 
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Financial Equity
PWI recognizes the global financial disparities that unequally impact people's opportunities to participate. PWI offers equity options whenever possible.
If you wish to attend but are impacted by financial disadvantage, please use the following discount codes to enroll at the rate that is fair for you:
Rate 1 $90 - full fee
Rate 2 $63 - discount code: FinEQ
Rate 3 $36 - discount code: FinEQ3
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Important Participation Information

Privacy & Recordings

Workshops are recorded to provide on demand access and the opportunity to review and study deeply over time.   Please be aware that workshops are recorded (except for break out groups). If you speak or show your camera, you will become part of the limited time recording, available to other enrolled participants via the course site.
 Course site and workshop recordings available until January 31, 2023.


This workshop is a confidential, adult learning environment. Participant privacy and confidentiality is extremely important for everyone's safety and learning. Please ensure that you keep other participant's personal information private and confidential and do not share identifying details beyond the course participant group. 

Experiential Training

This course is a confidential, adult learning environment focused on personal and community transformation. The activities may elicit emotional and psychological stress. If you have experienced psychological difficulties either in the past or present that may impact your participation, please consider carefully if this event is right for you. While all care is taken to support individuals, each person is responsible for their own needs and boundaries. By registering for the Intensive, you agree to take personal responsibility for your experience and to seek out support if you need it. 

English Language

This course is taught in English, with an awareness and sensitivity to the experience of those for whom English may be a second (or third or fourth) language. We welcome a multilingual group and ask for shared awareness of the challenges of using English when it is a second language. Participants should ensure they are comfortable with their own level of understanding of English conversation and instruction.