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Publication: On the Art of Moderating

On the Art of Moderating

In this booklet I share my insights into the art of moderating, based on ten years’ experience.

How do you prepare for your role as moderator? How do you create a safe setting for participants? By which means do you steer a discussion? Wat is the power of truly listening? What do you do when tensions rise? Which setting supports the goal of a meeting best? These and other questions are addressed in this publication.

I hope it provides you with inspiration. A great deal of what I can tell you has been given to me by my teachers, my students, my colleagues and by the participants of the dialogues, debates, conferences, community consultations, and participation processes that I have moderated over the years. I am grateful to all of them.

Content List


  1. On the art of moderating
  2. Preparing for an event and your role
  3. Creating a safe setting
  4. Directing content and form
  5. Listening, summarising, and questioning
  6. Reading group dynamics
  7. Helping and intervening
  8. Using space, light, and sound


  • First published in July 2019
  • Text: © 2019 Bart Cosijn
  • Size: 30 pages, 15 x 21 cm
  • Editing: Melinda Johnston
  • Price: € 7,50 (production expenditure) + postage costs


I would like to express my gratitude to SHIBAURA HOUSE in Tokyo. They invited me to Japan to give a moderation workshop in July 2019. Their request inspired me to write this booklet.

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Spreken is zilver, gehoord worden is goud

Talking is silver, being heard is golden

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