GROUP FACILITATION

Learn to work towards a common goal

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It can get tricky communicating in groups, especially if you have specific goals or targets to achieve. We also all have different backgrounds, experiences and opinions, and it takes effort and guidance to make sure we're listening and everyone is heard. I am trained in two different forms of group facilitation which are outlined below. If either method feels right for your needs, or if you have any questions, please let me know! Both can be adapted to a virtual experience if necessary.

Facilitation method:         World Café Dialogue

Ideal group size:                  10-50 people

Duration:                                  2 hours     

Ideal location:                       A big open room (such as hall or ballroom)

Price:                                         $200 flate rate    

Facilitation method:         Open Space Dialogue

Ideal group size:                  10-200 people

Duration:                                  2 hours   - 2 days   (depends on size of group)

Ideal location:                       A big open room (and multiple smaller rooms)

Price:                                         $200-$2400

What is World Cafe?
 
Modelled after a cafe, we require a big open room with ideally small round tables, butcher block paper, coloured pens and an optional “talking stick” item. There should be no more than 5 people per table.
I introduce the World Café process, setting the context, sharing the Cafe Etiquette, and putting participants at ease. The process includes three twenty-minute rounds of conversation. At the end of the twenty minutes, each member of the group moves to a new table. You may or may not choose to leave one person as the “table host” for the next round, who welcomes the next group and briefly fills them in on what happened in the previous round.
Each round is prefaced with a question specially crafted for the specific context and desired purpose of the World Café. The same questions can be used for more than one round, or they may build upon each other to focus the conversation or guide its direction.
At the end I host the 'Harvest', where individuals are invited to share insights or results from their conversations with the rest of the large group. These results are reflected visually in a variety of ways, most often using graphic recording in the front of the room.

What is Open Space?
  • a simple, powerful way to catalyze effective working conversations and truly inviting organizations to thrive in times of swirling change.
  • a tool that enables self-organizing groups of all sizes to deal with hugely complex issues in a very short period of time.
  • a powerful group process that increases productivity, inspires creative solutions, improves communication and enhances collaboration.
  • the most effective process to identify critical issues, voice passions and concerns, learn from each other, and, when appropriate, take collective responsibility for finding solutions.
The goal is to create time and space for people to engage deeply and creatively around issues of concern to them. The agenda is set by people with the power and desire to see it through, and typically results in transformative experiences for the individuals and groups involved.
Open Space can be used for strategic direction setting, envisioning the future, conflict resolution, morale building, community planning, collaboration and deep learning about issues and perspectives.