Time to sharpen my skills! And get to do what I like doing best: dreaming up creative solutions!
Since I will have to facilitate a lot of events in my upcoming function, it is a good time to think about workshop facilitation methods and approaches I have been using and might want to make use of in the future to trigger great engagement. AND I WANT FRESH STUFF!
I often come back to (among others) the following three of four methods: Open Space and related marketplace, World café and fishbowl… Oh, let’s be clear: many people and organisations still have yet to find out about the disarming simplicity and effectiveness of Open space, enjoy the rich results of world cafés or the relentless dynamic of a fish bowl discussion. But for slightly more seasoned facilitators, a certain fatigue comes with using the same methods and approaches over and over again, however open and good they are. It’s also fun to come up with new assets up your sleeve.
There are of course lots of facilitation toolkits available out there (some of them I have bookmarked on Del.icio.us). However those tend to reproduce the list of mainstream facilitation methods – or suggest combinations of methods, rather than come up with really different facilitation methods.
So it’s time to dive into the lab and re-think facilitation methods around engagement matters: what are the different types of engagement sought, what are the key factors that influence the choice of a method? And then it will be designing time, to come up with new methods…
Some initial ideas? I could better describe some keywords perhaps: dialogue, role-playing, graphic, acting, integration, building upon each other, simultaneous, critical, trust, openness, children, sing, nature, language, traducture.
What I want to come up with is three-fold:
- A list of key factors that really influence the choice of facilitation method – that would go beyond the obvious (group size, venue etc.);
- A series of properly ‘different’ methods of facilitation;
- A grid to decide which method might be good for what purpose;
The logic of it all is to ensure even more meaningful engagement. The game is on, so now let’s see where this gets us!
As ever, your brilliant ideas are always welcome