Attend 3rd Thursday Assemblies
Our online network connects thousands of facilitators, youth workers, workshop leaders, and educators around the world. PYE’s Online Assemblies provide a convenient but powerful way to gather, and share knowledge and experience in a way that bridges distance.
Each online event is focused on a specific aspect of Creative Community facilitation, and led by one of PYE’s lead facilitators. These events are free and lots of fun.
All are welcome! Anyone who works with groups of youth or adults, or wants to increase their impact and creativity, will benefit. Either join us live on Facebook or view the transcript/recording below (scroll down to end of page).
3rd Thursdays – Written Sessions
These assemblies last for 90 minutes and are entirely written, beginning with a brief check-in and a set of goals and agreements that everyone is welcome to contribute to.
The lead facilitator’s periodic posts guide the discussion, which unfolds as participants comment.
You are free to come and go throughout the assembly. Join for as long as your schedule allows, and feel free to return later to review parts of the discussion you missed!
8am Seattle / Vancouver | 11am Toronto / Bogota | 2pm Rio de Janeiro 4pm London | 6pm Cape Town | 9:30pm Bangalore.
Visit a time zone conversion clock to determine the start time in your area.
4th Wednesdays – Video Sessions – Starting September 2017
These assemblies last for 30 minutes and are a video based deep dive into this month’s assembly topic.
How to join an online event:
- Join our PYE 3rd Thursday Assembly Facebook group page
- Visit the Facebook page at the set time to join live
What people are saying:
Meet the Team:
Nadia Chaney, Director of Training
Nadia is a spoken word artist, curriculum writer and arts empowerment facilitator and trainer. Since 2002, she has facilitated over 2,000 events, workshops and trainings on four continents, helping people use the arts for personal and social transformation.
She specializes in anti-oppression, creative risk-taking, and participatory decision-making.
Peggy Taylor, M. Ed, (Ex-Officio, Director of Training and Co-Founder)
Peggy is a writer, musician, and creative development specialist with a Masters of Education in Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University in Cambridge MA, USA. She has over 30 years experience working in the fields of group facilitation and experiential learning.
Peggy is co-founder and for many years was co-director of the Power of Hope. She is co-author of Chop Wood, Carry Water: A Guide to Finding Spiritual Fulfillment in Everyday Life, and Catch the Fire: An Art-Full Guide to Unleashing the Creative Power of Youth, Adults and Communities.
Peggy is on the board of Hollyhock, a learning center/retreat on Cortes Island, BC, Canada. She leads PYE’s advanced level training, the Heart of Facilitation. More recently, Peggy co-founded Young Women Empowered, a leadership program for teen women in the Seattle area that is being incubated by PYE.
Nilisha Mohapatra, PYE Trainer
Nilisha is a social artist, creative coach and facilitator. Since 2010, she has been using visual and performing arts to build thriving communities across India and the United States. As the Associate Manager of Training & Development at Dream A Dream, a non-profit in Bangalore, India, she used experiential learning to train adults in creative facilitation and develop life skills in young people.
From social leaders, women entrepreneurs, and corporate teams, to youth from vulnerable backgrounds, teachers of low income schools, and detention center staff – Nilisha has worked with over 150 groups. She believes that expanding our creative potential enables us to make powerful yet conscious choices.
Silvia Giovannoni, International Senior Trainer
Silvia, Lead Facilitator for PYE, is passionate about social change. She spent six years supporting social entrepreneurs through Ashoka, worked as an adult volunteer and lead facilitator in the LIFEbeat camps in the UK, and has led PYE trainings in the UK, Brazil, Spain.
Silvia is originally from Rio de Janeiro and holds a Law Degree from PUC-SP. In addition to doing transformative work with young people and through yoga and movement, she enjoys cycling, theatre, dance, and engaging the business community in social change.
Ella Cooper is an award winning multidisciplinary artist, creative facilitator, photographer, emerging dance/documentary filmmaker, educator and community consultant. Ella has a Masters of Arts Education and extensive training in creative facilitation. She has created a multitude of empowering community centred arts, media and yoga outreach programs for at risk youth, women’s groups, not for profits, community centres/assistance programs, seniors and local school districts in Toronto, Vancouver, Surrey, Williams Lake and Montreal. She currently works as the Senior Coordinator of the Neighbourhood Arts Network and is excited to play an active role in helping to co-facilitate and disseminate PYE’s facilitator trainings.
Transcripts of Past Assemblies
Take a look at PDF transcripts of past topics including mindfulness in facilitation, self-love for facilitators, and the power of body and voice in a workshop environment. Click on the link to download the file.
We welcome your suggestions for 3rd Thursday Assembly topics. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.