What does a Prosocial facilitator do?
Currently, Prosocial is designed to work with groups with the help of trained facilitators, who guide group members through the three steps of the Prosocial Path and optimally stay in touch with the group over the long term. Facilitators can be physically present with the group or can participate remotely through the Internet.
A six-week online course (two hours per week with approximately 2-3 hours of homework between meetings) is taught on a regular basis. We are also starting to run workshops all around the world. Please check the dates of our upcoming courses and events.
There are no requirements to becoming a facilitator. Anyone who has experience working with groups, or who wishes to gain experience, can become a Prosocial facilitator. The more experience and training in other change methods, the better. We seek to compare, complement, and assess rather than compete with other change methods. Some Prosocial facilitators already had highly successful consulting practices and still found that Prosocial added to their toolkit of methods.
Since our goal is to spread the use of Prosocial as far and wide as possible, we are avoiding narrow certification procedures. At the same time, we recognize the need to give credit for training and experience working with groups. We are in the process of developing a competency based system for recognition of learning.
Payment and revenue sharing
Our goal is for Prosocial to support itself on the basis of the value that it produces, without having to rely on sporadic philanthropic dollars. We want to create a sustainable network of facilitators and creating websites as well as administering all the events we run and the materials we produce takes a considerable amount of time.
To that end we charge relatively modest fees for the course to learn to be a Prosocial facilitator. We have higher rates for corporate clients than more community-based organisations to reflect our desire to make this work available to everybody. Although we do not currently charge license fees to use the name Prosocial or the materials that we provide you in the training, we require that you:
- Give appropriate Creative Commons attribution to Prosocial.World as the source of the method when you are talking to your clients, and
- Wherever possible, you administer the research surveys using The Prosocial Path or another method and then share your data with us so that we can continue to improve the method.
Our community and support
We are building a worldwide community of developers, researchers, facilitators, and groups to spread the use of Prosocial as far and wide as possible. We encourage entrepreneurship and experimentation, while at the same time maximizing the benefits of cooperation, including:
- Online resources for facilitators to work with their groups (The Prosocial Path).
- Advanced training and mentoring opportunities.
- A directory of facilitators that can increase opportunities for working with single groups.
- Collaborative research and implementation projects for working in multi-group “cultural ecosystems.”