Yes, you need a Code of Conduct.

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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 […]

Retrospectives: a cocreated toolkit

Retrospectives: a cocreated toolkit

What can facilitators learn from agile retrospectives for our own practice and debriefings? Last week, Karen Schmidt, Edith Steiner-Janesch [1] and I co-hosted a workshop on this topic during the European IAF Conference in Milan.

Retrospectives? Why, what, how?

We first introduced agile retrospectives as part of an iterative life cycle, based on the book “Agile Retrospectives” by Esther Derby and Diana Larsen.

Next up @AgileFac2019: @wiebkehere & @overthefencePM […]

Mixing a World Café at scale

Mixing a World Café at scale

Imagine a room of nearly 200 people from five global regions and different functions across one organisation. This was the first meeting of this kind, and we wanted to encourage everyone to build relationships across the organisational silos and learn together about challenges and opportunities facing the organisation. A World Café seemed an obvious inspiration: multiple conversational rounds at small hosted tables, with participants switching tables (and groups) between rounds.

Usually, […]

Workshop: Communicating Climate Adaptation

Workshop: Communicating Climate Adaptation

2018 | ICLEI and European Environmental Agency

Successful adaptation needs well-informed and enthused citizens. How can local authorities take them along?  Amongst other issues, the 2018 Resilient Cities conference explored the experiences of cities and towns in engaging citizens on climate adaptation. ON:SUBJECT provided a training session on communication of climate change adaptation: Participants learned how to communicate about climate change without boring or scaring anyone away. The secret is in […]

10 strategies for better climate communication

10 strategies for better climate communication

Originally prepared for the training “Communicating Climate Adaptation”. You can find more materials here.

Tired of polar bears, apocalyptic scenarios and dry statistics? You are not the only one. Here are a few tips for making your climate communication more engaging, effective and fun. Never forget the context: depending on what you are trying to do, some strategies might work better than others. Mix and match – and learn and listen […]

Project: Making Certification SMART

Project: Making Certification SMART

2017 | PEFC International

PEFC, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, is an international organization dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management through independent third-party certification. Their annual stakeholder dialogue was held in Helsinki, Finland on 16 November 2017 under the topic “Making Certification Smart”.

We supported the programme design and conducted a survey of stakeholders and member organizations in the run-up of the event. We were also honoured to open the […]

Project: Sustainable Development Dialogue

Project: Sustainable Development Dialogue

2015-2016 | DFID

A “learning dialogue” is a participatory process that we used together with EdgeFX to help us harvest rich know-how from donor funded programmes on the ground – and get practical insights to use across the organisation in designing and delivering other programmes.

This learning dialogue explored: How can DFID implement sustainable development in practice?

Its aim was to help us explore and learn about how we can ensure our poverty […]

Facilitation Plan Template

Facilitation Plan Template

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

Facilitation can get complicated. There are the needs of the client and the purpose of the meeting. The room needs to be set up and material acquired. And then there are venues and breaks and participants… If I didn’t prepare my sessions well, I’d probably lose my head.

After I’ve mapped the general flow of the […]

Project: Perspectives on Standards and Certification

Project: Perspectives on Standards and Certification

2017-2018 |  Sustainability Standards Specialist Group (SSSG)

How can we work together to help sustainability standards thrive? In the specialised field of sustainability standards systems and their stakeholders, collaboration is really the only way forward: not one consultant or organisation can have all the answers. The five experts behind the Sustainability Standards Specialist Group decided to show their collaboration and expertise with a biannual newsletter. The first two issues cover topics […]