As so many organizations across the Jewish communal world began to pivot their programs to the virtual realm at the beginning of the health crisis, we saw a need for more resources for engaging participants and learners – whether they’re in a board meeting or a Jewish afterschool program – digitally. That’s why UpStart is thrilled to release a brand-new guide called “Facilitating in the Virtual World: 26 interactive exercises to engage participants at all stages of the learning journey.” Whether you’re an entrepreneurial rabbi leading a program for your community, an institutional leader navigating a team meeting, or a funder conducting a small group conversation with key stakeholders, this guide contains hands-on exercises and new ways to interact.
At UpStart, our team has been facilitating programs for bold leaders from all areas of Jewish life for nearly two decades. Over the past several months, we’ve seen how so many people need to adapt their current program from in-person to virtual. This is both a challenge and an opportunity! It’s a chance to think creatively and design an environment for your participants that is fresh and meets their current needs. With virtual facilitation, you can include more people with different learning styles, in varied locations, and with different access needs in your programs or meetings.
This guide is designed to help organizations and ventures of all types adapt and create new participant experiences, in which you can build off of your past programs and meet your participants wherever they are in their learning journeys.
You can download the guide here: https://upstartlab.org/upstarts-guide-to-facilitating-in-the-virtual-world/.