Aftab Erfan

Aftab Erfan teaches at the School of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia, and consults as the principal of Whole Picture Thinking. She specializes in helping groups work through conflict and come to decisions, whether around the boardroom table or in large public forums. She draws on several schools of facilitation including graphic facilitation. Her go-to approach for working with conflict is Deep Democracy, a psycho-social method developed in post-apartheid South Africa. Aftab’s PhD research, defended in 2013, is a pioneering scholarly effort to apply Deep Democracy in the context of a small Indigenous community on Vancouver Island. She is one of a small handful of master practitioners and teachers of Deep Democracy in North America, and is the author of many articles and book chapters.