Virtual Workshop Overview

Facilitating Breakthrough, with author Adam Kahane

Facilitating Breakthrough: How to Remove Obstacles, Bridge Differences, and Move Forward Together  

Join the author Adam Kahane with Marco Valente for a 90-minute fireside chat on Adam’s latest book FACILITATING BREAKTHROUGH: How to Remove Obstacles, Bridge Differences, and Move Forward Together.

Registration includes a PDF version of the book.


In the face of increasing complexity and polarization, it is becoming harder for people to move forward together. Facilitation is supposed to help people collaborate, but the two most common methodologies —getting participants to subordinate their interests to the good of the whole, or enabling everyone to do their own thing—don’t really work.

This book describes a new approach: transformative facilitation. It doesn’t choose either the bossy top- down or the collegial bottom-up approach: it cycles back and forth between them. And rather than pushing people to collaborate, it removes the obstacles that stand in the way of everyone contributing and connecting equitably.

This book is for anyone who helps people work together, be it a facilitator, executive, manager, consultant, coach, organizer, mediator, stakeholder, or friend.

About the author

Adam Kahane is a Director of Reos Partners and a leading organizer, designer, and facilitator of processes through which business, government, and civil society leaders can move forward together on their most important and intractable issues. He has worked in more than fifty countries and in every part of the world, with executives, politicians, generals, guerrillas, civil servants, trade unionists, community activists, United Nations officials, clergy, and artists.

Adam was the head of Social, Political, Economic, and Technological Scenarios for Royal Dutch Shell in London. He has held strategy and research positions with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (Paris), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Vienna), the Institute for Energy Economics (Tokyo), and the Universities of Oxford, Toronto, British Columbia, California, and the Western Cape.

Adam and his wife Dorothy live in Montreal and Cape Town.