What I learned about facilitating by doing stand-up comedy

Viv Mcwaters

And I think it’s an important question for those of us inviting others to step into the unknown, whether that be learning something completely new or putting their faith in us as facilitators. Here’s what I learnt about facilitating from doing stand-up about facilitation (how meta is that?):

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Markers – ready!

Michelle Laurie

It’s always fun getting ready to host a graphic facilitation workshop and I have one coming up Aug 15-16 in Prince George (a few spaces left in case you are keen).

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How to use Net-Map in Monitoring and Evaluation

Net-Map Toolbox

Don’t just hang out with your friends and group-think. Evaluation facilitation fine-tuning implementation Social Networks technical details How M&E Network Mapping Research Methods What WhyAre you planning or implementing complex projects, that aim at social change?

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Effecting Change – the Cohesive, Larger Vision

Michael Sampson - Currents

The ability of email to facilitate business, to bring project teams together, to offer strong data protection in the new world of GDPR, to enable participation across the organisation in communities of interest and practice … just isn’t there any more.

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Links of the Quarter: March 2018

How to Save the World

It is not the only truth—capitalism has also facilitated an explosion of human life and ingenuity—but when taken as a whole, capitalism is certainly eating through the life-force of this planet in service of its own growth. image via Ulf Parczyk on Jim Newman’s Facebook Page.

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Criticisms & Cures for Facilitating in Complexity

Full Circle Associates

My friend and colleague Eva Schiffer asked the most delightful question after I wrote about Facilitating in Complex Contexts. “How do you dive into and acknowledge complexity and then get s*&% done?” … Continue reading Criticisms & Cures for Facilitating in Complexity.

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Criticisms & Cures for Facilitating in Complexity

Full Circle Associates

My friend and colleague Eva Schiffer asked the most delightful question after I wrote about Facilitating in Complex Contexts. “How do you dive into and acknowledge complexity and then get s*&% done?” … Continue reading Criticisms & Cures for Facilitating in Complexity.

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Designing nesting thresholds

Chris Corrigan

All facilitation work happens within containers and those containers are separated from the rest of the world by thresholds. My friend Christie Diamond once said “the conversation begins long before the meeting starts, and continues long after the meeting is over.”

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Short time, World Cafe to the rescue

Chris Corrigan

Helping a friend with a design challenge today. Conversation Facilitation Featured World CafeHe is running a small group process at the end of a day of presentations about energy futures in a small community.

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A beautiful reflection on the Art of Hosting on Bowen Island

Chris Corrigan

Since 2004 there has been an annual Art of Hosting learning event offered by a really solid team of my most deeply experienced and connected friends and colleagues. Art of Hosting Being Bowen Facilitation Featured LearningBowen Island is where I live and work.

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Tuesday Ryan-Hart’s work on power

Chris Corrigan

My work has been at the intersection of culture, history and power for nearly thirty years, largely moving in-between indigenous and settler communities in Canada as a facilitator and host of strategic dialogue practice. And to remind us that we have a unique opportunity this community because we are also gracefully and beautifully “called in” by our friends and mates to notice how the bigger systems of which we are a part guide our own behaviours and patterns and address them.

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Struggling to pick up the trash in the face of weaponized evaluation

Chris Corrigan

Likewise on the corporate side a singular focus on shareholder return and the pursuit of capital friendly jurisdictions with low tax rates and low wages means that corporations can reap economic benefits without any responsibility for the social effects of their policy influence. I’ll be running an online course in the winter with Beehive Productions where we look at evaluation from the perspective of facilitators and leaders of social change.

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Unschooling myself: traces through time

Mathemagenic

Some of this stuff is pretty personal and I write about it in friends-only LJ, but there are enough “tips of the iceberg” visible here as well. And I do less focused facilitation than I’d like to. Dealing with resistance and difficulties , September 2018. Something I find amazing every time I experience it – how unschooling as an educational choice for the kids turns to be a personal learning trajectory for us, as parents.

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