How facilitation can lead to exclusion

Net-Map Toolbox

I was totally thrilled to go to the first Liberating Structures Global Gathering in Seattle last month, to play with my facilitation superheros. Liberating Structures are a set of facilitation tools, gathered and curated based on a strong philosophy. Their aim is to allow anyone (whether trained as facilitator or not) to facilitate better meetings, with just the right amount of structure (not too chaotic and not too rigid) and giving everyone equal opportunity to contribute.

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Announcing Rosviz19 July 11-12

Michelle Laurie

Join us for a creative skills building retreat in Rossland, BC, Canada July 11-12th, 2019. Effective meetings graphic facilitation Uncategorized agile communications complexity creative Facilitation Visual Thinking Workshops

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Tool of the month: interactive video

Joitske Hulsebosch

I also experimented with Vialogues to facilitate a conversation around a video source. This time the tool of the month is not one but no fewer than five tools. I co-organized a meetup about interactive video in the Netherlands.

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Meet Beau, a reflection chatbot

Joitske Hulsebosch

Have a look at this workshop I may facilitate for your organization. Working in a small group to design a blended training I felt very annoyed. I had the feeling we were investing too much energy in defining the goals and was worried that the team was not going in the right direction. Usually I can put my finger on what we need to do, but this time I did not know exactly where it had gone wrong. I decided to use our own " Beau the reflection chatbot ".

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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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Archeology and legitimate peripheral participation

Mathemagenic

Uncategorized apprenticeship facilitating unschooling legitimate peripheral participation unschooling highlightsIn October I went with the kids to join as volunteers for recent excavation in Katwijk. Yesterday there was a follow-up opportunity to join the team, this time to help with identification the findings. We came into the room, there was a team of people working at a big table, moving around piles of found little fragments.

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Differences are real; divisiveness is a choice

Chris Corrigan

Art of Hosting Complexity Culture Facilitation Featured Power

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Helping kids learning to move around confidently

Mathemagenic

Unschooling facilitating unschooling independence parentingBeing able to move around without an adult is part of growing up. As the kids grow, their space also grows, from house and garden, to familiar spaces and parks, and then to the town, the country and the world. And, since I do not really enjoy the logistics of bringing theree kids back and forth to where they have to be, helping them to move around without me being involved is a process that I’m happy to speed up.

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How Can We Prepare For an Unknowable Future?

How to Save the World

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Unschooling myself: traces through time

Mathemagenic

And I do less focused facilitation than I’d like to. 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. Over the years it made me face my worst fears and imperfections, to see and accept things as they are and to learn from that point.

2019 89

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. A version of this post appeared on LinkedIn in February of 2019. I’ve worked with some form of community my entire career.

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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. 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. Art of Hosting Chaordic design Facilitation Featured Open Space Power World Cafe

2019 61

My personal year of learning about evaluation

Chris Corrigan

I’ve connected with Art of Hosting practitioners like Rita Fierro (with whom I’m developing a course) and Nancy Fritsche-Eagan who are really curious about how to do deep participatory facilitation work in the service of good evaluation.

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Why it’s hard to talk about dialogic containers in English

Chris Corrigan

Art of Hosting Chaordic design Emergence Facilitation Featured First Nations Organization PoetryOn the Art of Hosting list today there has been a very interesting conversation about some of the Japanese words that are used to describe space and container.

2019 56

Planning in pure dialogue

Chris Corrigan

As skilled dialogue facilitators, we are also skilled dialogue practitioners and we have a refined practice of hosting and harvesting our own work. There was no facilitation tool used beyond the ability to listen carefully and address the need and purpose of our work.

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“But what about naysayers?”

Chris Corrigan

Complexity Facilitation Featured OrganizationPerhaps I need to curate a series of posts called “The Whatabout Chronicles.” ” When I’m teaching participatory leadership or sharing complexity tools, folks who are wedded to traditional linear mind and tool sets often raise objections. “Complexity would be nice, but we haven’t got the time. We have to get this problem solved now, and we need a plan to do it.”

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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. 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.