Workshop and Course Design

Collaboration workshop handouts: 2012 All Cohort Reunion


Tools to facilitate meetings and/or collaborative project groups from 2012 All Cohort Reunion (website includes presentation slides)

  • PMI, a thinking tool devised by Edward de Bono (Plus, Minus, Interesting)
  • Design checklist
  • Facilitation tips

Database of Leopold Leadership Fellows' communications courses


A living document where Leopold Leadership Fellows can find and contribute advice and information about teaching communications to graduate students. This database was created by Mark Carr (2000), to capture fellows' responses to a query he posted to the list serve about communications courses they have developed.

Dialogue workshop handouts: 2012 All Cohort Reunion


Presentation from the workshop facilitated by Peri Chickering at the 2012 All Cohort Reunion (website includes Peri's bio and additional slides about the Flame model). Included in the presentation are the following tools:

  • 4 player system
  • Flame model
  • Ladder of inference
  • Left Hand Column
  • Container

See also

• Article and short video clips on the 4 player system

Media Communications Toolkit developed by COMPASS


This training package is brought to you by COMPASS and the Leopold Leadership Program. We hope it gives you the tools you need to lead a fun, interactive communications workshop or course for your students. The training begins with a brief overview of communications principles – things that we all take for granted but are worth reviewing. It then introduces the Message Box and the idea of tailoring your message for your audience. The training culminates with media interview scenarios. As you know from your personal experience with the scenarios, role-playing can be a powerful way to transform information into action. The package includes:

- Instructor’s Handbook
- Presentation

- The Message Box handout

- Interview Scenarios

- Interview Scenario Evaluation Forms

The content is extracted from Escape from the Ivory Tower: A Guide to Making Your Science by Nancy Baron, which provides additional context for the elements of the package.

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Opening: Ice breaker


This resource is an excellent way to get a group engaged with one another quickly.  It is easy to facilitate and is an alternative to starting or opening a meeting with introductions.  It was introduced to us by Kate Powers, a consultant who has done several workshops at Stanford.

Pitch and Post


Pitch and Post is a simple, fast, and interactive!  It involves all participants in the process of giving feedback to the presenter. Use it as a team-building activity to enable quick feedback.

PMI-OPV technique


Techniques to bring new thinking and approaches into strategy-building and problem-solving: PMI-OPV (plus-minus-interesting, other point of view). Dawn Wright learned these techniques from Martin Bloxham of Barefoot Thinking during her Leopold Leadership training and customized them to share with her colleagues. See also her blog post on this topic.

Reading list for courses in science and environmental communication


Matt Nisbet, Associate Professor at American University School of Communication, frequently presents science communications research to Leopold Leadership Fellows.  His reading list cited here is from his blog, ClimateShift.

You can find his presentations on our website:

Strategic thinking worksheets: June 2011


Handouts from the strategic thinking exercise presented during the June 2011 training by Martin Bloxham and Peter Redstone (website has presentation slides and facilitators' bios).

Handouts from the leading change sessions are also available (including HBDI, gearbox, mindmapping, and Switch).

Structured conversation


Notes and questions that offer a way to create a structured discussion on the questionHow to play (tactics, pitfalls) the “public intellectual” without stepping over the line to losing the objectivity of academia?

Andy organized this discussion for a clinic at the June 2012 All Cohort Reunion.  He posted it in the Leopold Leadership 3.0 blog as well.