By all means, facilitation is a gentle activity. To be honest - nobody is really sure what it means to facilitate or to be a facilitator, but most certainly it has something to do with making stuff easier.
Most surely, of dictionary definitions, there are many:
Facilitation is the designing and running of successful meetings and workshops in organizational settings. Facilitation is the process by which an organism profits from the presence of another, such as nurse plants that provide shade for new seedlings or saplings. Facilitation is the increase in postsynaptic potential evoked by a second impulse in neurons. Facilitation is the tendency for people to perform differently when in the presence of others than when alone.
What isn’t said, is that facilitation is a job for the humble. Decidedly – a court jester is very present and conspicuous, but he is the last to deem himself funny. Hat isn’t said either, is that one cannot facilitate and manage at the same time. Or that facilitation does not mean leadership.
The programme of this workshop will follow a gently facilitated baseline.
1 Who are we? What is it exactly that we do? How do we handle hierarchies – if any? What is the meaning of making things easy?
2 What is the object of what we do? What is it that we facilitate? A status-quo? Processes? Transformations? Learning?
3 Which are the means for a facilitator to deliver upon her promise? Approaches? Methodologies? Techniques?
And of course there will be plenty of facilitation done. By everyone.
Making stuff easier for ourselves and for each other.
After these two days, expect to have explored a kaleidoscope of cooperative learning. Expect to have become a jester. Expect to have rung your bell and turned your mirror. Expect to have become stronger in your facilitator’s job – but also more gentle, perhaps more kind.
This workshop is in cooperation with Agile Citizen, Tobias Mayer, London, UK.
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