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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 […]

Questions for organisations working on momentum for sustainability

Questions for organisations working on momentum for sustainability

Originally written for the recertification process for the IAF Certified Professional Facilitator designation in 2016

How can organisations influence change in complex environments?

Most of our facilitation work is with mission-based organisations and NGOs, especially around sustainability. Our clients do important work, trying to change the world for better. However, they also know that fixed command-and-control plans do not take into account the ever-changing realities of their work. At the same […]

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 […]

Resource: Communications Planning Canvas

Resource: Communications Planning Canvas

I first heard about the Business Model Canvas a few years ago. Since then, canvasses – large posters with a framework to structure conversation, usually supported by post-its – have become quite popular. The Strategic Communications Workshop in Jordan was a great opportunity for me to experiment with a canvas for a simple communications planning process. Download it here, experiment with it and let me know what works for you!

Download the canvas

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So, what is it that you do?

So, what is it that you do?

“Momentum for sustainability? That sounds nice. But what is it that you do?”

I call myself a communications consultant and facilitator. I do a lot of things. Here’s an incomplete list:

I ask questions. I probe. I challenge you to go deeper. I help you find out what is really important for you, right now. I help you reconnect with why you do what you do, and how you are making a […]

When training is broken

When training is broken

The other day, I made an offhand comment on Facebook, stating that “‘training’ is a broken model for learning and behaviour change”. Tom immediately challenged me to explain.

Of course, this statement is a gross generalisation – and I’m convinced that there’s plenty of brilliant training in this world. So, let’s maybe consider a different question:

 

When is ‘training’ a broken model for learning and behaviour change?