What is at the core, the essence of facilitation? If we strip back the tools and techniques, throw out the agenda, stop the time clock, ditch any fancy collaboration platforms, what is left? What is essential and what can we dispense with? If the boat was sinking what would we retain in our facilitation liferaft?
Using Dr. Simon Priest's Essential Elements of Facilitation, I will share this model of facilitation and how to sow seeds and grow trees to apply this to virtual facilitation. I will share over 35 years of facilitation training and specifically virtual facilitation training to help participants create their own deeper experiences.
How can you be wise and ignorant at the same time? Or selfishly generous? In this workshop you will discover your own strengths and challenges, and the refreshing power that comes from combining them. Under the unprofessional guidance of Pippi Longstocking and your favorite children’s characters.
We'll inspire the participants with practices that allows them to see shame from a different perspectives. While shame is commonly perceived as something to be avoided, we would like to explore how to have a healthy relationship with shame.
Bring your case, and leave with ideas. This group session draws on skill acquisition methods from medicine, law and education. We invite participants to prepare a case of their facilitation practice which is occupying their mind. Bring it to the group. We examine the specific instance in order to improve generally. As case owner, you get to outsource your sanity.
We will go through the creative process as if it was the love making process: (1) Foreplay - sharing what's on our mind, what challenges or opportunities we're facing in our lives. Undress them and reframe them as questions. (2) Sex - With one focusing question per person, the group will have an Imagination Orgasm to generate as many ideas as possible. (3) Pillow talk - After the frenzy of activity, the clarity sets in. As a group we'll go back and discuss what was created to narrow down the solutions.
Teams that seek to create something new must stretch and grow beyond what they've done in the past. In this session, we'll explore several ways teams embed practical conflict into their meetings, then invite some serendipitous friction of our own. In other words, join this session to explore several ways teams practice constructive conflict so they can get good at it.
The Facilitation Junkyard is a session wherein Grace and Patrick will hold space for facilitators to dump into one space “junk” - that is, mindsets, tools, methods and resources that have not worked in facilitation during the past year. Then, there will be scenarios, assessments and conversations around each piece of junk brought to the table - with the key question being, “Is it really junk? Or can it be treasure?”
"Assisting Intelligences" is a type of smart and individual AI support that becomes more and more common, sophisticated and is developing very quickly. What happens when the participants' personal AI need to collaborate during a workshop, a training course or a work meeting?
I'm playing around with facilitation styles. Come along and meet the guide, umpire, crowd pleaser and dictator. How do they facilitate? How do we know if we are being one? What might we need to do to move from one to the other?
Groups are our impossible teachers (from the book 'Sitting in the Fire' by A. Mindell). As groups can create in the facilitator a sense of being dominated, judged or shamed. In this session, we will experiment with strategies to switch from being umcomfortable to tuning in and listening to the message the feelings are telling us. How might we create new narratives and path as a facilitator and encourage the group to do the same?
A simple exploration towards finding more joy, purpose and ease. Experiment, reflect and interact to find how less is more in life, work and workshops. By providing plenty of experiments and interaction possibilities for participants to reflect/experiment with simplicity in their chosen area of life.
I want to create a container using Evivve. The container will serve as a space to learn about the VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity) Model. Participants will learn the game and then use a model to attempt to apply the model to solve for the main objective in the game.
How do you create an online space that invites deep connection and conversation in a way that feels transformational? And, what does transformation even mean? How do we create online spaces and experiences that offer this kind of transformation? Over the last ten years we’ve worked with hundreds of educators, facilitators, coaches, creators, and leaders to design "transformational" experiences. BUT, in this session, we will let all that go to discover the answer, freshly, together. AND, we'll use our bodies as instruments for this inquiry. We invite you into an experimental sensing adventure where we'll work with embodied practices to discover transformation as a direct experience.
When we are kids, in addition to the culture and upbringing from our families, we are exposed to other beliefs through books and films. We would like to explore together how childhood stories might influence us as children, into adulthood. Invite participants to reflect on their childhood memories.
Facilitation is a misunderstood and underpaid profession. When we make bold offers with the aim to collect a no instead of a yes, we set the tone and stand up for our value and quality. As a community, we aimed for 1 Million Euros of Nos and will debrief our learnings: What became possible? What have we learned? How many yes' have emerged?
A well rounded sequence of meditation, sensory awareness, breath, and vocal exercises, it leaves participants feeling grounded, joyful and in charge - a state they'll be able to jump back into at any time, by simply breathing and using the voice in any way.
But for NDB we’re inviting you to a special (you guessed it) Never Done Before version of Cozy Juicy Real. We’ll be bringing in some amazing guests and seeing what happens when you mix a board game, the NDB community and a game show all together! We’re pretty sure you’ll be leaving the event feeling connected, warm and fuzzy. ☺️
What do you do when you are not inspired, energy drained and motivation does not arrive? That is a great time to recall your purposes, goals, and dreams. Don't you think? In this workshop, I will guide you through a journey to regain the motivation you need to get back on track. It is an interesting and fun approach on remembering your purposes in life and work, identifying your sources of joy and recognizing challenges, as tools for recharging motivation on moments of confusion and self doubts. But this will only happen if you dare to draw. A LOT!
Empathy is a gift. But sometimes, this gift can be poisonous to ourselves when not used appropriately. Sometimes, we feel guilt about saying no, or resentment when we say yes.
The workshop idea involves sharing—and practicing with–the framework: Levels of Scribing, based on Otto Scharmer's Levels of Listening. After a brief introduction, participants will move into trios to practice drawing and listening. Then we will all debrief as a large group and there will be time for Q&A.
This workshop is a chance for people to explore the paradoxical aspects of their nature. The bits that don't fit in boxes and the bits that we're not allowed to be. It's particularly relevant for people wanting to connect their work with inadequately met needs, including their own.
We will explore concepts of listening and thinking aloud using the framework of Time to Think and The Thinking Environment. Join us to try out Thinking Sessions: participants will run these sessions in pairs.
Applying Textile Art to the World of Facilitation. Textile Art and the Art of Facilitation have a lot in common: the concept of layering and through layering adding meaningful details & the concept of weaving and through weaving including the interests of everyone making ideas and thoughts stronger.
What kind of tree are you, as a facilitator? How have you grown in the past and how do you want to branch out or prune back in the future? Using visual language as a tool for collective exploration and connection, we will first create our uniquely personal tree ring profiles and we will then explore the forest that we constitute together. Nourishing everyone’s growth with the riches of our biodiversity!
You may have all the tools, processes to facilitate and you might be good with using games, charts, scribbling and a multitude of concepts and then you have to be with people! Having a safe and confidential space to reflect on your facilitation allows you to get perspective on the different relationships we have with our clients.
How participants selection impact on the workshop outcomes? Be inspired by archaeology. Come and dig around with us, we might found (or not) some useful Archaeo tips.
How facilitators and their groups can stretch without snapping or snapping back. Given the uncertainty of our times and the increasing pace of change, what does it take to continue to stretch productively without snapping, snapping back, or losing your shape? In this interactive and tactile workshop, we'll explore the metaphor of elasticity as it relates to facilitations and facilitators.
Dungeons are dark and mysterious places. Underground worlds simmering beneath the shining fortresses above. Spaces where skeletons lurk in the shadows and the walls whisper ancient stories. Follow us into the Facilitator’s Dungeon and explore secrets beyond the visible elements of our profession. This journey will take us to the dark side of facilitation and its impact on our work. We will explore the hidden myths and where they originate. Using different devices to make this journey entertaining, short-lived, and surprising. Our guests can expect to examine taboos, look at fundamental assumptions, and challenge each other to bring new ways of thinking into the light.
Change is loss, even if it’s for the best. Change affects our identity, pride, sense of competence, comfort, and more. When change happens we get stuck into our past narrative – how things used to be. We feel our identity is threatened. In this workshop, we will revisit the narratives associated to change and how to reframe the loss into a win.
Leveraging all our senses to cultivate psychological safety online - Learning is associated with the brain, it happens holistically through the body. The more we can tap into all 5 of our senses in a given learning experience, the more we remember, and the better overall impact, it's more fun, engaging, and interactive that way too!