Learn to Facilitate Prosocial

Learn to facilitate any group to be more cooperative and effective


Sign Up for May 2021


Americas cohort starting on the 17th May 5.30pm-7pm US Eastern Time for 10 weeks
Europe cohort starting on the 18th May 9-10.30am UK Time for 10 weeks.


Join us for the Prosocial Introductory Facilitator Training. At the end of this 10 week course, you will be able to:

Use a simple but highly effective set of tools for mobilizing deep change with individuals and groups

Help groups become more purposeful, equitable, inclusive, accountable and harmonious, even if they have experienced conflict or disengagement

Evaluate the effectiveness of any group


In this highly interactive training session, you will be supported in your learning in four main ways:

  1. Weekly consultation sessions where you can engage with new techniques being demonstrated, and share your challenges and insights with others with loads of experience bringing about change in groups and organisations.
  2. Regular team meetings with others doing the course working in a similar sector and/or region and supported by a personal coach dedicated to working with your team.
  3. An online discussion forum where you can share resources, ask questions and explore the Prosocial framework in more depth with your facilitator and colleagues on the course.
  4. Access to an online learning management system that contains videos, readings, exercises and a sequence of four main assignments to support you in your learning.

Four main assignments for the course help you improve your skills as a Prosocial facilitator.

You will get to:

  • Run an individual ACT matrix with someone
  • Run a collective ACT matrix with a group
  • Investigate how one or more of the Core Design Principles applies to your own situation and industry, and
  • Write a draft plan for how you will implement Prosocial following the training.

Of course, each step of the way you will be given all the tools and tips you need to complete these assignments successfully.


Session 1: Welcome - Building Purpose and Connection

This is our introductory week. We will do an overview of Prosocial as an idea, a community, a research effort and a process. We will do introductions to one another and explore what is in the course including meeting your team coaches.  We will also be starting to work with the ACT Matrix.

Session 2: The Prosocial Process and Using the ACT Matrix

In this second week we will be finishing off our introductory tour of the ACT Matrix and introducing psychological flexibility.  The ACT Matrix is a fantastic tool for helping people clarify what really matters to them personally about participating in the group. 

Session 3: The Core Design Principles

At the heart of Prosocial is the 8 Core Design Principles originally developed by Elinor Ostrom and then modified by the Prosocial team.  This week we introduce the principles and their role in Prosocial. 

Assignment 1 Due: Conducting a personal ACT matrix with someone 

Session 4: Introducing the Collective Matrix

The ACT Matrix tool is so useful for the Prosocial process because it can be used at any level. Just as an individual has things that really matter to them, so too do groups.  This week we will explore how you can facilitate the collective version of the ACT Matrix. 

Session 5: Some case studies illustrating the whole process

By now we have learned about some of the main components of the Prosocial process. This week we step back and look at some real examples of how Prosocial has been used in practice, so that you can get a sense of the whole.

Assignment 2 Due: Conducting a collective ACT matrix with a small group

Session 6: Setting collective goals and measuring change

The Prosocial process leads to real changes in behaviour. This week we learn about some approaches for working with groups to set collective goals. If we have time, we will also use this week to explore the evaluation tools you can use to measure progress in your group.

Session 7: A case study of Prosocial and strategic planning at scale

In this session we will explore the work of Prof Robert Styles in working with groups of groups. This case study is designed to complement the within-group cases presented earlier in the course. This session should give you a great sense of just how scaleable the Prosocial process is.

Assignment 3 Due: Exploring a Core Design Principle

Session 8: Reviewing Student Projects on the Core Design Principles

In this session, participants will have an opportunity to present and discuss what they have learned about the core design principles in their own groups.

Session 9: Engaging Groups in Doing Prosocial

Marketing is not a dirty word! If you are going to do Prosocial with groups you are going to need to get good at talking about Prosocial and pitching the benefits to funders and decision makers. In this session, we explore how you might engage groups to do Prosocial with you.

Session 10: Celebration! What will you do to make a difference?

In this last session we will work with your plans for implementing Prosocial after the course. We will address any challenges you are experiencing and help you get set up to hit the ground running after the course!

Assignment 4 Due 2 weeks after the course: Planning how you will implement Prosocial


Time Commitment

The course will involve a total time commitment of approximately 50 hours, although you can spend more on it if you wish to go more deeply.

Your learning will be supported by:

  • Online videos, readings and exercises (approximately 1.5-3 hours per week)
  • Weekly consultation sessions (10 * 90 min)
  • Reading and contributing to the online forum (30 minutes a week)

Our aim is not just to share some of our excitement with you about the power of PROSOCIAL, but also to create an environment where you can learn from your highly skilled colleagues on the course. Each week, in addition to learning the key concepts and techniques, you will have a chance to apply the ideas to groups that you know about. You can apply this work to any group - families, work-teams, sporting or community groups.

When you complete the course you will be invited to join our international community of practice where you will be able to share your ideas and get answers to your questions about how to deepen and extend this work.

Below are the starting dates for each of the upcoming courses. Each course last for 10 weeks at the same time each week. The starting times should show in your local time.  You will notice there is a choice of two times for the consultation sessions depending on where you are in the world. Although all sessions will be video recorded, please choose a course time where you can attend most or all of the sessions. 

Prosocial Facilitator Training #22 

May 2021


Americas cohort starting on the 17th May 5.30pm-7pm US Eastern Time for 10 weeks.
Europe cohort starting on the 18th May 9-10.30am UK Time for 10 weeks.
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