Facilitation Exchange February ~ April 2015

Facilitation Exchange- Advancing the practice and art of facilitation

Facilitation Exchange is a community of practice for emerging and seasoned facilitators interested in deepening the impact of their work by drawing from collaborative inquiry and aesthetic processes. The intention of the Facilitation Exchange is to share and explore ideas and practices of group facilitation at the operational, design and strategic levels. The open sessions will focus the practical application of techniques for large and small groups.

Facilitation Exchange is a partnership of Pacific Center for Leadership; Plan:Net Limited; and Leadership Development at The Banff Centre.

All sessions are open invitations; they will be hosted both in Banff and in Calgary, and will run 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Liberating Structures: Simple rules to include and engage everyone in shaping the future

Laurel Dault

February 25th, 2015   6:30-9:00pm

The Banff Centre: Professional Development Centre Room 104

 Liberating Structures are easy-to-learn microstructures that enhance relational coordination and trust. They quickly foster lively participation in groups of any size, making it possible to truly include and unleash everyone. Liberating Structures are a disruptive innovation that can replace more controlling or constraining approaches. While there are established and tested Liberating Structures available, some are currently in development. Come participate in experimentation with developing Liberating Structures, as well as experimentation with a developing rookie facilitator.

“If Your Problem Were a Crab Apple…”

 Anthony Esteves

March 11th, 2015        6:30-9:00pm

Calgary, Plan:Net office, Suite 201 – 1225a Kensington Road NW

 In this session participants will be asked to consider a problem or challenge to which they would dearly like a solution. They will be facilitated through the "Crab Apple" Creative Problem Solving technique that was created by Dr. Win Wenger.

This process involves using visual imagery and the use of metaphors to solve problems and develop ideas. It creates the opportunity to outrun your own editor and to allow real insights to surface in a short period of time.

Facilitation Exchange Open Mic Night

March 25th, 2015       6:30-9:00pm

Calgary, Plan:Net office, Suite 201 – 1225a Kensington Road NW

In response to our call for submissions for an "open mic session"  we're pleased to present the following two topics:

Brenna Atnikov:

Topic: Supporting the Newbie Designer

Summary: When working with people who have deep content expertise, it can be difficult to draw out truly creative thinking that allows for unexpected, but helpful new ideas to emerge. This session will test out and seek feedback on a "design conversation guide" - currently in development - which is being developed with the hopes of supporting people who are committed to stretching their own capacities to use new approaches for intervening in seemingly intractable problems.


 Judie and Michael Bopp:

Introducing the Himat Indigenous Leadership and Development Program; a volunteer driven "virtual" college, building human resources and transforming patterns of community life in Northern Pakistan.

The Four Worlds Centre for Development Learning has partnered with an indigenous NGO in the northern-most tip of Pakistan on an integrated rural poverty alleviation program. Over the past 4 years, the Himat Indigenous Leadership and Development Program has mobilized 10,000 people for participation in constructive social and economic development initiatives in their communities through a volunteer-driven “virtual” college.

At this time, the college consists of 7 courses that create a type of ladder through building human resources (one side of the ladder) while at the same time transforming patterns of community life (the other side of the ladder). Each course (or rung of the ladder) is designed to build concepts and skills while at the same time creating opportunities for hands-on application.

The courses have resulted in outcomes that are far beyond what we anticipated (but you’ll need to come to the session to learn more!). We will share our methodology and its philosophical antecedents, provide a peek into the materials and explore the implications for other settings. (P.S. Himat means “empowerment” or “take courage when the going gets tough”.)



The Power of Positive Affirmation and Group Works Card Deck

April 8th, 2015                        6:30-9:00pm

The Banff Centre: Max Bell Building Room 252

Sarah VanTine:

Sarah will introduce a technique to build confidence and empowerment through attribute and strengths recognition and acknowledgement. Come prepared to try this technique and help refine the process with your feedback and insights.

Ken Cameron:

The Group Works deck of 91 full-colour cards names what skilled facilitators and other participants do to make things work. Although deeply rooted in Appreciative Inquiry, this versatile tool is more specific than values and less specific than tips and techniques and cuts across existing methodologies with a designer's eye to capture the patterns that repeat. The deck can be used to plan sessions, reflect on and debrief them, provide guidance, and share responsibility for making the process go well. But because it is so flexible and has so many applications it can sometimes be confusing trying to determine where to start. 

Facilitator Ken Cameron of Corporate CultureSHIFT used the Groupworks Deck extensively while in residence with the City of Calgary’s Cultural Transformation Project. Their work was recognized by the Facilitation Impact Awards (Platinum Award) by the International Association of Facilitators and as Organization of the Year by the International Association of Public Participation (Canada). Ken will introduce us to the deck and suggest some practical applications that participants can use right away.