I have always believed that the facilitator role can get in the way of conversation as much or more than the role can help conversation.  Only the very best facilitators are able engage authentically and with little ego to help the conversation flow.  Inexperienced facilitators often abuse the power the position affords.

This effort by America Speaks and Face the Facts  connecting citizens in dialogue without facilitation can only help people develop the capacity to engage in conversation with people who think differently.