Dr. Dale Hunter is a leader in the field of group facilitation and the author of the international classic The Art of Facilitation (fully revised 2009). She researches and promotes co-operative work and facilitates organisational development. Dale leads facilitator training workshops internationally, including many ground-breaking Master Classes which engage facilitators at their leading edges in their chosen field, method and practice.
Dale Hunter is a co-founder and director of Zenergy Ltd. a company providing face to face and online facilitation, mediation, and coaching services to government, business and community sectors.
The Zenergy 6-module Diploma of Facilitation, was co-designed by Hunter. 2000 people have now participated in one or more of these training programmes. Dale has led facilitation workshops in Europe (UK, Germany), USA, Canada, China, Malaysia, South Africa and the Carribean as well as in Australia and New Zealand, where she is based.
Dale Hunter is also the principal co-author of Handling Groups in Action: The Use of Distinctions in Facilitation; The Zen of Groups and Co-operacy – A New Way of Being at Work. She has also contributed chapters to the IAF Handbook of Group Facilitation (2005) and Creating a Culture of Collaboration (2006) published by Jossey-Bass.
Hunter’s doctoral thesis (2003) is entitled “Facilitation of sustainable co-operative processes in organisations” from the Social Ecology Research Group (SERG) at the University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury, Australia.
Dr. Hunter is a sustaining member of the International Association of Facilitators, a former board member and Vice Chair International (2001-2007) and was instrumental in the development of the IAF Code of Ethics for Group Facilitators. She is also a founding member of the flourishing Australasian Facilitators Network (AFN), formed in 1998; a friend of the Heart Politics Network NZ; and a Council member of the The Peace Foundation Aotearoa/New Zealand.
Recently, in 2021, Dr Stephen J Thorpe and Dale Hunter contributed a chapter called “The gift of presence in groups: An unfolding story of transformative learning” in a book edited by David Wright and Stuart B. Hill called “Social Ecology and Education: Transforming Worldviews and Practices” published by Routledge, New York.
Dale continues her work as a coach for the leaders of the Zenergyglobal online training programmes for group facilitators based around the world.