Collaboration is the Hallmark of Community

How to Save the World

I’ve said before that what I think are the two most important skills for the 21st century are facilitation and mentoring: Facilitation is the process of skillfully helping a group of ordinary people do their best collaborative work.

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The Value of Community Ecosystems

Online Community Strategy

The FastCo mothership gave me a list of local subscribers, a discussion guide, some facilitation guidelines and an organizer’s button. Several thoughtful methods have been formalized and documented by platform vendors and industry experts.

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“But what if our people dominate?”

Chris Corrigan

Over the years I’ve noticed a trend in consultative facilitations that goes something like this: a client calls wanting to consult with the community about something. Inviting a group into these practices helps them focus on each other as as potential experts. Making and breaking up small groups is an important complex facilitation technique that allows for people to create without getting entrained and therefore sinking into domination patterns are or other kinds of bias.

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“But what about naysayers?”

Chris Corrigan

Complicated problems (knowable problems and predictable solutions, but only with expert help and analysis). There maybe different ways to do and experts may not agree, but they can give you a plan and show you in advance how their solution is a good one. To hire an expert, give them constraints to work with (money, time, and materials) and ask for a proposal. Complexity Facilitation Featured Organization

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A decade of living and learning, hosting and harvesting

Chris Corrigan

Since then, I have facilitated literally hundreds of gatherings from two person retreats to international conferences using a variety of participatory methodologies. I have mostly survived by holding questions, opening myself to learning, and reminding myself that I don’t have to be the expert all the time. And who can know what I’ll be writing about on August 31, 2019, in my 51st year, as I catch myself surprised at all that has happened.