Awakening the Spirit of Creative Collaboration

My writings on Dynamic Facilitation and Civic Councils


Participatory Public Policy Microcosms (2015)published in Spanda Journal, 2015, I:2, 9-17.

Co-Creative Dialogue for Meeting Practical Challenges (2013). published in OD Practitioner, 45:1, 47-53.

Deepening Democracy: Awakening the Spirit of Our Shared Life Together (2003). Commissioned by the Collective Wisdom Initiative, a project of the Fetzer Institute.

Book Chapter:

Practical Dialogue: Emergent Approaches for Effective Collaboration (2006). In Creating a Culture of Collaboration, edited by Sandor Schuman, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass / Wiley.

Listening for Aliveness (2019). In Dynamic Facilitation: Die erfolgreiche Moderationsmethode für schwierige und verfahrene Situationen. Edited by Matthias zur Bonsen and Rosa Zubizarreta: Beltz Verlag.

This piece has long been favorite of clients and colleagues, due to its many quotes from the practitioners of Dynamic Facilitation whom I interviewed for my master's project (below). It is now a chapter in the second edition of the German-language Dynamic Facilitation book; the version here is in English. 


From Conflict to Creative Collaboration: A user's guide to Dynamic Facilitation (2014). by Rosa Zubizarreta. Minneapolis: Two Harbors Press. This book grew out of the manual that I first wrote in 2002, then continued to revise and expand several times over the years. 

Dynamic Facilitation: Die erfolgreiche Moderationsmethode für schwierige und verfahrene Situationen (2019). Co-edited by Matthias zur Bonsen and Rosa Zubizarreta, and published by Beltz Verlag. This second edition  now includes six additional chapters written by European practitioners, that are not currently available in the English book listed above. 

The English translation of one of those additional chapters, "Listening for Aliveness", is above. Translations of three others are available on this page: one is Hellrigl & Lederer's chapter on Wisdom Councils in the Public Sector, based on their experiences in Austria; another is Trattnigg & Haderlapp's article on Dynamic Facilitation and Culture Change, and the third is zur Bonsen's article on Wisdom Councils in a business context. And here is the English-language version of de Bock's experiences working with Dynamic Facilitation to support a transformation process in a nursing home

There is one more chapter, zur Bonsen's insightful exploration of the use of questions in DF, which has not yet been uploaded to this site... check back soon! 

Additional writings


Puzzlements and Re-framings. This article, along with the "Listening for Aliveness" chapter mentioned above, were distilled from a much more extensive master's project, listed below. This article focuses on the theoretical implications of the practice of Dynamic Facilitation.

Empathy in Collaborative Meaning-Making.  My friend Edwin Rutsch, creator of cultureofempathy.com, has encouraged me to write more explicitly about the role of empathy in Dynamic Facilitation.

Master's Project

Dynamic Facilitation: An exploration of Deliberative Democracy, Organization Development, and Educational Theory as Tools for Social Change. This is my master's project from 2002, at Sonoma State University.

All of the articles, chapters, and books listed above have been authored by Rosa Zubizarreta, except where otherwise noted. All rights reserved.

For material by other authors, see below.

Writings on Dynamic Facilitation by other authors

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