With my friend and colleague Brenda Chaddock, for the past couple of months, we have been busy developing our exciting 3-tier “Masterful Facilitation Institute: Becoming an Inspired Facilitator” (download overview PDF flyer).
Last July, we offered “Facilitating Wise Action for Lasting Impact” at Rivendell on Bowen Island in BC. It was sold out and a real success. Wise Action was initially conceived as a practically focused skill-building program for people who want to gain greater confidence in the process of convening, designing, and facilitating the engagement of communities or organizations. It is for people who are in positions where they are already asked to be the guide in the overall process of engagement, and to lead in a whole journey from the call to the plan for action. The program in particular was for facilitators and practitioners who had already attended previous AoH programs and attended Nexus for Change conferences, and wanted to understand more about the bones beneath the experience of hosting inquiry and conversation, to the methods, the principles, guidelines that often are tacit knowledge to a skilled facilitator.
We examined issues such as how to select the right process for different challenges and opportunities, and provided ideas for mixing and matching methods for effective outcomes around existing issues. Wise Action was a blend of formal teaching, action learning, experiencing, understanding the key elements of each methodology, of design principles, and of blending methods to achieve a desired result.
From last July’s experience, we realized that in order to build even greater facilitator competence and confidence, we needed to add two additional tiers, hence this year’s Institute which starts with building essential skills for guiding groups through “The Confident Facilitator” offering October 6-8, 2008, and “The Inspired Facilitator” October 27-29, 2008, which goes on to provide more opportunity for deep diving into the ‘moments of truth’ that inevitably arises – opportunities for group emergence. The difference between “Facilitating Wise Action for Lasting Impact” and “The Inspired Facilitator” is that the former focuses more on the engagement process and the blending of conversational methods for engaging communities and organizations in non-adversarial processes (in 1-day or several day engagements), whereas the latter picks up on ‘what do you do in the moment, once the engagement is underway, when things go awry, and/or when opportunity shows up? – either way, how do you facilitate emergence of group wisdom and dynamics? The two programs complement one another, with “The Inspired Facilitator” picking up where “Facilitating Wise Action” leaves off. Participants who took “Facilitating Wise Action” last July are telling us they are coming to “The Inspired Facilitator” this October. In a nutshell then, depending on existing knowledge and proficiency, the three Institute programs build and enhance confidence and skill at designing and facilitating successful meetings, retreats and sessions through these tiers:
- The Confident Facilitator: Essential Skills for Guiding Groups - a three-day experiential program (October 6-8 2008), focused on the foundational level of practical facilitation theory and practice at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, SFU in Vancouver, BC, Canada. If you or your staff regularly lead meetings in any setting, whether at work or in the larger community, solid facilitation skills are critical for obtaining successful outcomes. This facilitation workshop is a three-day experiential program that will give participants a practical foundation in facilitation theory and practice. As a competent, capable, and confident facilitator, participants will be able to use their skills and knowledge to achieve effective results in guiding and enabling groups to move towards their goals and find their own answers. Participants will know how to create participative environments, and use a variety of approaches to help groups achieve their objectives and desired outcomes. Participants will be able to honour and recognize diversity, support groups to higher performance and creativity, leverage different learning styles, and minimize tension and conflict. The regular registration rate for this program varies according to corporate or social profit sector. Learn more or register.
- The Inspired Facilitator: Achieving Mastery in Engaging Organizations and Communities - a deep dive into the principles, theories, practices, and processes for understanding, designing, and facilitating complex group dynamics and multi-stakeholder situations scheduled October 27-29, 2008 the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Using different theoretical frameworks as useful constructs, participants will dialogue, analyze, experiment and practice how to transform (and as needed, rescue) design and facilitation situations, nurture the emergence of group creativity and wisdom, while remaining centered, authentic and present.
- Facilitating Wise Action for Lasting Impact: Engaging Groups in Meaningful Conversations Around Complex Issues – a unique in-house learning intensive scheduled January 18-21 2009 (Bowen Island, BC) on how to facilitate conversational methods in communities and organizations for more cooperative and sustainable results. This program combines theory and practice around proven participatory methods used around the world (e.g., World Café, Open Space, Dialogue, Appreciative Inquiry, Deliberative Dialogue, etc.) for breakthrough thinking, decision-making and collaborative action.
INFORMATION: All three of these highly experiential programs are designed to help enhance facilitation performance to produce extraordinary group results. For more information, visit our website, download the full Masterful Facilitation Institute brochure, send me an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call me at 604-943-9133.
REGISTER: To register, please download the Registration Form and return completed to me by email at email@example.com.