Design Salon Recap: Michael Rohd

On March 19th, Michael Rohd joined us in a discussion about Process design and creative facilitation. Watch the recording here.


Facilitating creativity often requires accepting ambiguous outcomes or increased tension. Michael Rohd, founding artistic director of the Sojourn Theatre and Institute Professor at Arizona State University’s Herberger Insititute for Design & the Arts, joined us for a design salon on February 12 to share his thoughts on designing processes and facilitating creativity.

Highlights of the design salon include:

  • A discussion about the difference between leading a facilitating
  • A window into how Michael Rohd began his career with the Hope is Vital project in metro Washington D.C.
  • Questions about the role that resistance plays in facilitation
  • Thoughts on how K-12 educators can facilitate creativity in the face of resistance

For more about Michael Rohd and his work see: and

You can also find Michael Rohd’s book, Theatre for Community, Conflict, & Dialogue: The Hope is Vital Training Manual, online or at your local bookstore.

During the Salon, Michael Rohd also mentioned some other excellent reads worth listing:

Agusto Boal’s Games for Actors and Non-Actors

Dorothy Heathcote’s Drama for Learning: Dorothy Heathcote’s Mantle of the Expert Approach to Education

Adrienne Maree Brown’s Emergent Strategy

Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be an Antiracist 

Melissa also referenced a podcast in the discussion–she was talking about the Cautionary Tales podcast, specifically this episode: Martin Luther King Jr; the Jewelry Genius; and the Art of Public Speaking

Lastly, to join future design salons, check back in with our website for the schedule.

See the video below:

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