Category Archives: Facilitation

Visual Meetings: How Graphics, Sticky Notes and Idea Mapping Can Transform Group Productivity

Use eye-popping visual tools to energize your people! Just as social networking has reclaimed the Internet for human interactivity and co-creation, the visual meetings movement is reclaiming creativity, productivity, and playful exchange for serious work in groups. Visual Meetings explains … Continue reading

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Tools for a Movement of Leaders: OWS Facilitator Workshop

Lisa Fithian has been working for nonviolent social change since the mid 1970′s. Over the years she has been a student, labor and community organizer on a broad range of issues. From environmental justice to student and worker rights, from … Continue reading

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Advanced Facilitation Strategies: Tools and Techniques to Master Difficult Situations

From Ingrid Bens, the author of the best-selling book Facilitating with Ease!, comes the next-step resource for project leaders, managers, community leaders, teachers, and other facilitators who want to hone their skills in order to deal with complex situations.  Advanced … Continue reading

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Forming, storming, norming and performing in Groups

Even a quick glance at the literature of group development reveals a wide range of theoretical models concerning developmental processes. Most commentators assume that groups go through a number of phases or stages if they exist for an extended period. … Continue reading

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Three core practices for creative leadership

From an interview with my dear friend Peggy Holman on enhancing creative leadership: Q: What is one practice that people could start applying today to bring more creativity into their work or their business organization? Holman: If I were to … Continue reading

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Complexity and participative facilitation

Facilitated workshops are a very common feature of organisational life and are sometimes very good examples of the kind of thinking that assumes we need to design a process to have a process. This layering of process onprocess arises from … Continue reading

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Learning 2 Learn Handbook for Facilitators

Between November 2008 and October 2010, a European network of seven organisations has joined its efforts to develop, implement and analyse innovative approaches in the field of non-formal adult education aimed at the development of the competence enabling the learners … Continue reading

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Organizing Community-wide Study-Circles for Dialogue, Action and Change – A Step-by-step Guide

Organizing community-wide study circles is not an easy task, but with a little help you can be successful. Dozens of people – just like you – have organized successful community-wide study  circle programs in communities all over the country. This … Continue reading

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Maximizing Facilitation Skills Using Principles of Complexity Science

At the heart of complexity science is a set of essential characteristics of complex adaptive systems that we can directly apply to organizations and our work as facilitators. It is always risky to take scientific principles developed in one context … Continue reading

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Facilitating Community Building in Learning Networks through Peer Tutoring in Ad-hoc Transient Communities

Learning in a so called Learning Network is particularly attractive to self-directed learners, who themselves decide on their learning program as well as on the timing, pace and place of their studies. However, such learners may easily become isolated, which … Continue reading

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