Facilitation tips for improvisers

Viv Mcwaters

There’s also jargon around facilitation. One of my big insights at this year’s Applied Improvisation Network Conference in San Francisco was about how to explain some facilitation concepts to improvisers, especially those who are mainly theatre improvisers, and maybe unaware of some of the traps of taking what works well on the theatre stage onto the corporate or conference stage. The same is true of facilitating. Learn about the bones of facilitation.

New emerging practices for trainers and facilitators

Joitske Hulsebosch

I'm currently facilitating two learning trajectories, both starting online. Both experiences made me reflect on how big the shift is for trainers and facilitator who embrace social media and integrate in in their practice. This means taking a relational approach into account.

What makes Facilitating With Confidence different?

Viv Mcwaters

After 13 days facilitation training with my mate Johnnie Moore I’m excited by what I’ve learnt. We focus on who we are as facilitators – presence, commitment, curiosity, noticing – rather than what we know – processes, techniques, activities. Facilitation

Various ways to use social media as a facilitator or trainer

Joitske Hulsebosch

This is a blogpost written for a half-day workshop for facilitators with Sibrenne Wagenaar. 2) Integrated model: social aspecten are integrated with the content of the training. Social media form an integral part of the learning trajectory.

2011 229

[KMers] Training Community Managers and Facilitators


It would also be rather helpful to go through for those folks who may be interested in online communities in general and who would want to learn a lot more about how they operate them and what it is like being a community facilitator / builder. For others it is sufficient to facilitate.

My KM World Notes: Evolve From a Tactical E-Discovery Approach to Search and E-Discovery

Portals and KM

    It is titled:  Evolve From a Tactical E-Discovery Approach to Search and E-Discovery   by  Brian W. Lacking an end-to-end approach to gather and filter information, few enterprises report having a holistic approach to e-discovery. Formalized, cross-functional e-discovery programs that facilitate internal communication, encourage standardized methodologies, and provide a “big picture” view will help drive results.

10 Strategies for Integrating Learning and Work (part 2)


In my last post I listed ten strategies for integrating learning with work. 10 STRATEGIES FOR INTEGRATING LEARNING AND WORK. Use social media to facilitate informal learning. However, from the perspective of integrating learning and work, social media is a technical platform (like none before it) for sharing, collaborating and communicating while work is being accomplished. I think the convergence is good for further integration of learning and working.

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Tapping the Network to Facilitate Innovation « emergent by design

John Tropea - Delicious Social Network

Tapping the Network to Facilitate Innovation February 21, 2010 tags: design thinking , folksonomy , human capital , influence , innovation , knowledge management , learning , reputation , social business design , social capital , social network analysis , whuffie by Venessa Miemis A few weeks ago, I noticed a contest on Stowe Boyd’s site to receive a free entry to the Social Business Edge conference coming up in April in NYC, and a chance to share the idea on stage.

Presentation: Highlights from my dissertation


Most of what I was talking about is in the weblog: Slides 2-3: An overview of the PhD approach. Slides 9-12: Facilitating adoption of weblogs in knowledge-intensive environments with PhD cover art story as an metaphor for slide 9 (the photo on it is A Topography of Woman by Arlee Barr ). Integration PhD process blogs in business Knowledge work PhD technology adoption

2009 114

Overcoming Knowledge Loss: Key Knowledge Retention and Transfer Approaches - KM Edge: Where the best in Knowledge Management come together

John Tropea - Delicious Community

Sign In Home KM Topics KM Overview Case Studies About Us Search Overcoming Knowledge Loss: Key Knowledge Retention and Transfer Approaches Page 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 In APQCs most recent research on knowledge retention and transfer (KR&T) approaches, the primary lesson is that variety is key. Instead, they leverage an array of KR&T approaches designed to fit specific business situations and the unique cultures of their respective organizations.

10 options for implementing a KM strategy

Chris Collison

This is the traditional “someone at the top has said this needs to happen” approach, usually accompanied by a cascade, a change initiative, communications and engagement plan, brown-bag presentations, training programmes, mugs and mouse mats.

Appreciative Inquiry and Knowledge Management? No problem.

Chris Collison

The video below sums it up nicely when he describes the conventional approach to improvement as viewing the organisation a “problem to be solved” –and how over time, a problem-resolution mindset can sap energy, goodwill and enthusiasm from the workforce.

2014 52

Full Circle Online Interaction Blog: Updating my basic article on online facilitation

John Tropea - Delicious Community

Home About Full Circle Resources Contact Us Full Circus Full Circle Associates connections for a changing world, online and offline… Sunday, April 29, 2007 Updating my basic article on online facilitation OK, what do you think should a) come out of this article, b) is missing and needs adding in, and c)needs to be better reframed for the current context. Facilitating Online Interaction Originally from: [link]. Last updated 4/07 From Websters: Facilitation Fa*cil`i*ta"tion, n.

2007 28

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. Integrate Community Into The Fabric of the Organization. I’ve worked with some form of community my entire career.

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SIKM community presentation

Digital Habitats

I know it took a while to gather around a question, to get someone to facilitate it. Nancy White: tolerance for ambiguity (a value that comes from online facilitation) applies to tech stewardship, as well. Nancy White: facilitators find themselves as TS’s.

2010 159

Conference networking at Online Information 2008: report and lessons learned

Platform Neutral

This is a brief report and things we learned about the experimental ‘knowledge networking’ and ‘social reporting’ facilitation work done at Online Information 2008 , co-authored between David Wilcox and Emma Wallace and me. Approaching and chatting to people is critical for success.

2008 116

Lessons from the field

Viv Mcwaters

After eight days of facilitation training in Indonesia, what did I learn? The remaining people stayed to learn more facilitation and prepare to debrief the simulation - which also included local staff, bringing the numbers on the day up to 100+. For many years I refused to even entertain the idea of including a slideshow (aka powerpoint presentation) in any facilitation. Doing beats all other approaches. Even the most basic facilitation skills can make a difference.

2009 100

Discovering common ground in European social innovation projects: Mapping the BoostInno network collaboration

Making CommunitySense

URBACT is an EU programme that aims “to enable cities to work together and develop integrated solutions to common urban challenges, by networking, learning from one another’s experiences, drawing lessons and identifying good practices to improve urban policies.”

2017 193

Thinking alone – crowd sourcing – tapping into the group brain?

Net-Map Toolbox

That makes it possible to integrate more diverging views, knowledge from more different domains and something we vaguely call collective wisdom. But then, a lot of crowd sourcing is actually facilitated by mechanisms that help us pile our individual thoughts on top of each other, compiling contributions of single minds in front of computers (or cell phones or whatever). exploring new ideas facilitation musings Organizational Learning Uncategorized

2011 104

Mapping the World: the INGENAES Global Symposium and Learning Exchange

Making CommunitySense

Knowledge and learning exchanges as well as network building are key components of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Integrating Gender and Nutrition within Agricultural Extension Services (INGENAES) project.

2017 130

Mapping the World: the INGENAES Global Symposium and Learning Exchange

Making CommunitySense

Knowledge and learning exchanges as well as network building are key components of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Integrating Gender and Nutrition within Agricultural Extension Services (INGENAES) project.

2017 130

Lessons from a Crazy MAFN Multi-Sensory Webinar

Full Circle Associates

For the last few years I’ve enjoyed presenting a 90 minute synchronous session for the Mid Atlantic Facilitators Network , or MAFN. Another year Any Lenzo, Nancy Settle-Murphy and I co-led a session about technology and facilitation (2015).

2017 56

Net-Mapping the Water-Food-Energy Nexus in the Upper Blue Nile in Ethiopia

Net-Map Toolbox

Given how one influences the other, it is, however, not focus which is needed but integration – of issues and also of those people dealing with them. When dealing with the challenges of a country like Ethiopia, focusing just on water, or food, or energy is a tall order already.

Discovering common ground in European social innovation projects: mapping the BoostInno network collaboration

Making CommunitySense

URBACT is an EU programme that aims “to enable cities to work together and develop integrated solutions to common urban challenges, by networking, learning from one another’s experiences, drawing lessons and identifying good practices to improve urban policies.”

2017 130

Designing with introverts in mind

Chris Corrigan

Facilitators by definition bring people together. She is also a long time process designer and facilitator nd she knowns her stuff. The core of her message to me was this, quoting: “Please consider integrating some introvert work into your designs.

2013 102

Art of Hosting beyond the basics: a new offering

Chris Corrigan

Being skillful facilitators of dialogue is obviously not enough to make shifts in systems, although dialogue is a powerful place for people in a system to start to understand the complexity, diversity and challenges that we are dealing with.

2013 93

Trying to make developmental evaluation easier

Chris Corrigan

When we are evaluating work there is a mix of these two types of approaches at play. A facilitated sensemaking process to bring together multiple perspectives to interpret what is happening. Evaluation is such an influential constraint in organizational and community life.

2016 46

Performance improvement mindset and taking it for granted


Reading Charles Jennings discussing relationships between learning and work (see also Jane Hart ) reminded me of a discussion with a friend where I tried to explain my approach to education articulating relationships between learning and work cultural practice in a similar way. articulate relationships between integration of learning into practice and the models for facilitating learning and organisational forms behind.

2016 89

New High Performing Teams Simulation Game from Bioteams Ken Thompson

The Bumble Bee

The simulation integrates best practices from Informal Learning , Game-based Learning and Business Simulation. The game concludes with the delegates applying the HPT approach to their own teams using the templates and checklists from the simulation.

2014 142

Moderating for development


During a feedback meeting in October 2008, Koenders will indicate which aspects of the report will be integrated in a new policy document for civil society that will be drawn up by the Ministry. Phone facilitation The online discussion didn’t start very spontaneously, the first week less than a handful of people contributed. Tags: online facilitation online events

Don’t Underestimate the Value of Your Community Managers


Never mind the community facilitators. “To assess, reconcile and coordinate the ‘social’ approach across a wide range of enterprise functions. To set up enterprise-wide governance processes and regularly coordinate efforts and approaches globally.

2012 242

Social Connections VI – Prague

Michael Sampson - Currents

It’s always good to hear current case studies, learn about adoption approaches, and how to make IBM Connections work in organizational life. Here’s the overview of the workshop: What if instead of “driving” adoption within your organisation, you could inspire and facilitate adaptation instead? As you may know, I’m heading to Europe at the end of next week for a two week workshop tour.

2014 132

Enterprise Social Software Will be Pervasive by 2016 - Perhaps

Portals and KM

If social software is outside the workflow and not integrated with traditional apps then it is facilitating coffee room conversations. You have to integrate the new social tools with the traditional apps. You have to link the new school systems of engagement with the old school systems of record (see - Integrating the Interactions with the Transactions and Maybe Enterprise 2.0

2016 169

Love and power, holons and process

Chris Corrigan

This dynamic approach to love and power invites us to become skillful at both. The approach is fundamentally Taoist! Love in this case is the holon’s drive for connection and integration and power is the holon’s drive towards self-realization and differentiation.

2011 61

The changing role of the online teacher

Jenny Connected

It was thought that teaching online would require a different approach, but what should that approach be? She pointed us to her University’s Online Teaching Manifesto , where one of the statements is that online teaching should not be downgraded into facilitation.

2015 246

So many learning style tests, so little time.

Joitske Hulsebosch

I thought a learning style test was a nice ramp up for an exercise where people had to blog about their own facilitator style - from the idea that it is good to know your own preferences and biases as a trainer/facilitator. And how to work with this as online facilitator?

2011 227


Jenny Connected

It was introduced by Rose Luckin, and facilitated by Joshua Underwood, Yishay Mor and Katerina Avramides. OLDSMOOC Facilitation. My hat goes off to the facilitators. From the facilitator perspective, Cloudworks is thought to be an excellent platform for sharing resources as OERs and for commenting on these resources (assuming you can find them), but has limitations and in this MOOC is definitely being stretched to a scale which hasn’t been used before.

2013 131

Social Innovation Meetup: “Exploring Labs for Social Change” – presentation notes

Making CommunitySense

We bring in eight people for “deep collaboration” We use a “Noah’s Ark” approach: you can’t talk to everybody. Integrated approaches are key, and an HDL Studio is a good way to start. Design approaches.

2013 182

When are we going to get serious?

Viv Mcwaters

We were at a workshop in country Victoria with about 20 of us learning the skills of facilitation. We could have discussed it, a more traditional approach that might have been safer and kept the issue abstract.

2011 158

Rhizomatic Learning – A Pedagogy of Risk

Jenny Connected

I think we probably still need a clearer view of what happens or can happen, in terms of learning, in the open space for learning that will be created by taking a rhizomatic approach. In #rhizo14 the creation of open space has been an integral part of the course design.

2014 200

How helpful is journalism for People Powered Change? Further thoughts.

Social Reporter

It will provide every sort of social media tool, and both stands on its own as a system and integrates with external sources. In later posts I hope to have more ideas on what might be a useful role for social reporters in helping facilitate sharing, and generating the know-how we need.

2011 188

Introducing Lobbi – with bold aims to change politics locally and globally

Social Reporter

Steven is particularly informative on the hard slog of achieving an inclusive approach , which may come more by knocking on doors and using email lists than new social tech functions. Second, take an asset-based approach nationally.

2013 192

Deep conversation needed on BIG’s Ageing Better community platform. How about asking people in for a coffee?

Social Reporter

The issues are particularly important – as I’ve argued in more detail in this paper – because the knowledge-sharing and innovation challenges faced by the Ageing Better programme typify those of competitive, centralised, big-spend approaches. David has even produced a tip sheet on how to run a Cafe yourself – though I know it will be best if he facilitates.

2014 143