Difficult Conversations

To solve the crises of our times, we’re going to have to speak with people who disagree with us. Join the next public series or organise a private group
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To solve the crises of our times, we’re going to have to speak with people who disagree with us. Start dismantling your echo chamber and join an intimate 6-part series to inspect, reflect and practice difficult conversations. 

  • Do you feel passionately about an issue but avoid talking about it with family and friends?
  • Do you notice yourself getting frustrated at people or headlines with other viewpoints?
  • Do you get excited about a new piece of news, a development or a new practice but when you share it falls on deaf ears?

6x 75 minute workshops
or 2 half-days


Online of offline- Covid-19 depending



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Difficult Conversations Series

Over six weeks, in a small safe group, this programme will pick apart what makes up a conversation and what we each take into our conversations without knowing it. We’ll be building on research from Climate Outreach and The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence as well as TED talks and the Oatmeal.
Whilst the principles of the Difficult Conversations programme can be applied to any sensitive topic, we’ll base most of our examples on the climate crisis. The series covers the following topics:

  1. Your story | Truth and Imagination
  2. Listening and Feelings
  3. Tactics | What makes a good conversation?
  4. Being wrong | Calling out
  5. Learning | Changing our minds | Sharing our new knowledge
  6. Keeping the conversation going | Making a commitment to difficult conversations

At the end of the programme you will:

  • Have a draft of your story: a script you can use all the time
  • Reconnect with the importance of listening and have the opportunity to practice
  • Explore the emotions you take into conversations and build your emotional granularity week on week
  • Have a toolkit for future conversations
  • Have explored what it’s like to be ‘wrong’ in a safe space
  • Have re-inspected how we like to learn and know how it can help us talk with others
  • Make a commitment to having difficult conversation and pull together the pieces you need to feel supported
  • Stay connected with your cohort and spur each other on

What others have said

I work with environmental issues, so I thought I knew how to talk about the climate crisis, but these talks opened my eyes to new ways of approaching difficult conversations, especially in my everyday life.
It turns out that I’m a bit hard headed when I think I’m right. Sophia’s workshop was a kind and gentle reminder to stay open to new ideas. I learned tools to recognize when I’m digging my heels in on an idea and how to counter that impulse to keep an open mind.
Now I know I can frame conversations in a different way. I can embrace those kind of conversations more in the future.

Pricing – Public workshops

With Many Roots adopts a sliding scale fee and 10% of your fee goes to Climate Outreach.
Prices are per person.


Includes £9 donation.


This is the cost of the course to make it sustainable. Includes £15 donation.


Support With Many Roots longer-term by contributing more. Includes £21 donation.

With Many Roots is part of the Giving What You Can Pledge; on top of the 10% donation on this course, 10% of annual profit is donated to charity as well. With Many Roots is a living wage employer and all team members have access to physical and mental health wellbeing support and an annual training budget to further their learning.

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Who will be running your workshop?

The workshop is facilitated by Sophia Cheng, the founder of With Many Roots. She is the UK Co-ordinator of Climate Fresk; she heads up communications at If Not Us Then Who?; and co-ordinates Green New Deal UK Bristol Hub, amongst other climate change related activities. 

With a decade of communications experience across the for profit and nonprofit sectors, agency and in-house, Sophia has made a habit of making ‘the hard stuff’ more accessible. Since 2018, she has reorientated her life around the climate crisis. She has forged her decade of communications experience into offering workshops, mentoring, blogging, and more, on the biggest issues of our time. 

Sophia has delivered Climate Fresk to more than 300 people across 30 countries, from remote teams to new groups of volunteers. She is comfortable working across cultures and time zones and learns something new every time she plays.

You can find out more about Sophia on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sophiacheng/ 

Pricing – Private groups

Based on groups of 10.
10% of the fee will be donated to Climate Outreach.

Reduced / Grassroots

For grassroots groups

< £1000
Standard / SMEs

This is the cost of the course to make it sustainable.

Generous / Corporate

Support With Many Roots to run free workshops and support us long-term by contributing more.

≥ £3500

Please contact us directly if you’d like to organise this series for your team. We can tailor sessions according to your specific needs.

Next steps

Book in a call with us to discuss your needs and aims for yourself or your team.
Together we will identify if we’re a good fit and map out the right program for your organisation.