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Diversity and inclusion in facilitation

Diversity and inclusion in facilitation

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Musings on momentum for sustainability

Musings on momentum for sustainability

I’ve been taking some time off paid work last week to travel to Oakland for a training to hone my consulting skills for social change. Being a consultant is an interesting role:

On the one hand, I’m 100% committed to your mission and potential – on the other hand, I will always remain an outsider, bringing a different perspective.
I’m bringing valuable expertise and experience from across movements and organizations – and […]

Hosting a workshop

Hosting a workshop

This article was originally written as guidance for workshop organisers during an open space meeting in October 2016.

This is a place where civil rights activists meet to discuss change. During our three days together, we have plenty of space for spontaneous sessions as well as for pre-organised ones. What happens in your session is up to you: a workshop, a lecture, networking, practical action… Here are a few […]

In between doing

In between doing

I wrote this in February; and it was just published in Paula’s Beyond the Field of Stars Zine. It’s on my desk at the moment – I need the reminder.

There’s a you-shaped hole in the universe, they say.
This purpose becomes a responsibility: Better live up to it.

Step in, like superwoman: This way to solve humanity’s problems.
It’s no big deal – just take on […]

Revue: Pathways to Change at #15NTC

Revue: Pathways to Change at #15NTC

So, I spent most of last week in Austin at the 2015 Nonprofit Technology Conference (also known as #15NTC). I’d been working with NTEN (the host organization) for a while on their Editorial Committee, and I was very grateful for the invitation to link up with the community live and in person.

I feel the same way Austin, but I think we should see other people. #15NTC pic.twitter.com/svV5cc1qrD

— Doug Phillips […]