Momentum Lab: Movement in Motion

Momentum Lab: Movement in Motion

(German only)

Momentum Lab ist ein aktuelles Hilfsangebot für Aktivist.innen, NGOs und Engagierte. In leicht zugänglichen Online-Trainings wollen wir metaphorische Erste Hilfe leisten, Austausch fördern und (langsam) den Blick weiten: was tun mit der Corona-Krise? Hinter Momentum Lab steht ein kleiner Kreis von engagierten Trainerinnen, die ihr Wissen, Methoden und Werkzeuge für die gemeinsame politische Arbeit im digitalen Raum gerade jetzt weitergeben wollen. […]

Zoom conferencing power tools

Zoom conferencing power tools

Practical and technical tips for interactive online meetings

In the past days, I’ve spent a lot of time in online meetings (mostly using Zoom) – and a lot of questions came up regarding the practical set up and functionality. Here is a collection of tips and ideas based on those questions.

As a participant

You are in charge of what you see. You can switch between Speaker view (where you just see the […]

Still certified: Lessons from the world of facilitation

Still certified: Lessons from the world of facilitation

How do you know that a facilitator is good? Apart from observing them personally, you can look at the International Association of Facilitators’ Competency Framework. As a IAF Certified™ Professional Facilitator, I am required to show how these competencies are developing in my work and recertify my skills every three years. One part of that process is an essay about lessons learned in the past years.

You can find a […]

Flavours of decision-making

Flavours of decision-making

Does your organization have a defined way of taking decisions? While the need for a decision on a certain issue is easy to see, we often have less clarity who’s making what decision and how input will be handled. This can either lead to unnecessary delays – when we avoid decisions – or frustrations – when we don’t involve the wider group and miss important information.

It is thus useful […]

Stuck? Simple tools for clarity and decisions

Stuck? Simple tools for clarity and decisions

Decision making can be hard. When we’re working with a group or an organization on complex issues that really matter to us, it gets even harder: no analysis will ever be complete, and no possible approach will ever be perfect. Instead of getting stuck in endless discussions, here are a few steps that can help:

Start in your own circle of influenceWhile you might want to change the entire system, […]

4 reasons to start your meetings with a check in

Circle by Helen Titchen-Beeth

Check ins are a fundamental ritual in nearly every meeting I am involved in. I use them because:

Check ins invite presence. The ritual marks the transition from whatever came before the meeting to now, the time together. It allows us to leave our emails, our todo list, our family crisis behind and take a moment to arrive. Check ins allow connection. The ritual asks us to show up with […]

Useful resources for hybrid meetings

Useful resources for hybrid meetings

This post is part of the preparation for CoCreativeFlow’s workshop “Hosting Hybrid Meetings” on 12-13 November near Frankfurt. Are you joining? 

What is a hybrid meeting?

Lucid defines them as follows: “A hybrid meeting refers to the physical location of participants. In a hybrid meeting, a subset of the people attending the meeting is located together in the same place. Other participants join the meeting by conference call or web conference.”

Hybrid […]

Workshop: Hosting Hybrid Meetings (12-13 November)

Workshop: Hosting Hybrid Meetings (12-13 November)

Ever tried running a meeting where half of the participants were not in the same room?

In times of global teams, remote work and climate change the need for successful and impactful meetings is even more important. How can collaboration thrive when not everyone is in the same room? How do we bring groups together that are meeting in an online-onsite hybrid space? What are […]

Yes, you need a Code of Conduct.

Flickr/Transition Network

Originally published in the IAF Global Flipchart – for facilitators, by facilitators.

“Our event is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.”

— from ConfCodeOfConduct.com

Many facilitators work with ground rules, a set of […]

Diversity and inclusion in facilitation

Photo: Peter Bury

A few short notes from an Open Space conversation at the IAF EME Conference #agilefac2019 in Milan. We discussed the role of facilitation in promoting diversity and inclusion:

How can facilitators work to balance dynamics of power and privilege in groups? What’s a facilitator’s responsibility to prevent harm? How can facilitator’s help to promote equity and inclusion? 

Diversity is important. It’s also a complex topic that humans – and facilitators – struggle […]