Community Conversations

Delaware Humanities is Seeking Conversation Leaders for our Community Conversations program!

Formerly known as our Facilitators programs, we have reworked and refocused this program’s community focus for 2024.  

We’re looking for individuals who are good listeners, comfortable in groups, and passionate about facilitating learning opportunities to become trained Conversation Leaders. 

What is a Community Conversation?
Community Conversations bring people together. In a Community Conversation, people explore why they think what they do, share stories with one another that build trust, and find common ground. Community Conversations look at important issues we face today, but are reflective and open-ended. Rather than reaching a consensus or a single solution to a problem, participants in a Community Conversation learn from one another and create community. 

A Community Conversation might explore, for example, deeply personal topics such the idea of family or the experience of grief. Or, a Community Conversation might approach polarizing issues such as homelessness or climate change. Conversations are 90 minutes in length. For examples of similar programs from other state humanities councils, please see here and here.

A Conversation Leader leads a Community Conversation on a topic of their choosing. Conversation leaders do not seek to convince participants of one way of thinking; rather, they guide participants as they listen and learn from one another. 

How it Works?
Delaware Humanities trains Conversation Leaders to lead reflective conversations on topics of their choosing. Organizations then request to host these conversations in their communities, for a small fee. The Conversation Leader travels to the host site and leads the conversation in their space. Delaware Humanities pays the Conversation Leader’s honorarium and mileage. 

How to Apply?

 To apply to become a Conversation Leader, please email us with the following information. You will then be sent an application, which will be due by February 15, 2024. 

  1. Name
  2. Brief Bio (no more than 120 words)
  3. Desired topic to facilitate
  4. Please see examples here, here and here
  5. Why are you interested in becoming a facilitator? (no more than 120 words)

Your desired topic only needs to be an idea—we will work with you to hone these ideas into a successful conversation throughout the application and training process. 

Selected applicants will be required to attend a training session on Saturday, March 9th, at Killens Pond State Park.