Academic Interests: Group Facilitation, Training, Mediation, Nonprofits, Consensus Building, Nonviolent Communication, Waldorf Education, Local Food Systems, Sustainability
Biography: Lysbeth Borie teaches facilitation at Oregon Law. In her career as a group facilitator, trainer and mediator, she has worked with a wide variety of nonprofit and government organizations, businesses, schools and community groups in the Pacific Northwest and nationwide. In recent years, she has worked particularly with Waldorf schools and with organizations in the food system.
The core of Lysbeth’s practice is in classic consensus decision-making in the Quaker tradition, which she has used with groups of up to about 80 people. To supplement this method, she has been trained in and practices several other facilitation and communication methodologies, including mediation, Dynamic Facilitation, Technology of Participation (ToP) and Nonviolent Communication (NVC).
Lysbeth has facilitated meetings of all kinds, small and large, from brainstorms, visioning and goal-setting sessions, business meetings and conventions to in-depth conflict resolution, retreats and strategic planning. In recent years she has expanded her work into more complex organizational consulting as well.
Lysbeth also served as the training and facilitation programs manager at the Center for Dialogue and Resolution and was an adjunct faculty member at Rudolf Steiner College. Lysbeth was a National Merit Scholar and received her B.A. from Haverford College.