Design and Facilitation of Learning Processes

You are organizing a learning event.

I support you before, during and after your learning event through:

  • Advice for designing the process and making it an engaging, conversational and a rich learning experience;
  • Visual methods that help your group think jointly and reach a common understanding;
  • Creative facilitation that focuses on the need of the group and supports joint reflection and co-creation.
Great books that inspired my facilitation work:

Marvin Ross Weisbord and Sandra Janoff (2007): Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There! – Ten Principles for Leading Meetings That Matter. San Francisco: Berret Köhler.

This little book is a real treasure about the role and work of a facilitator. The big work done by a facilitator is before the meeting takes place, during the preparation and design phase.

Steinlin, Marc and Widrig Jenkins, Catherine (2010): Knowledge Sharing for Change – Designing and Facilitating Learning Processes with a Transformative Impact, Facilitation Handbook. Cape Town and Zurich: Ingenious People Knowledge. Knowledge Sharing for Change – Designing and Facilitating Learning Processes with a Transformative Impact

This excellent facilitation handbook provides the basics for the successful design of a learning event. It helps understanding and working with groups as living systems.

Johnnie Moore and Vic (2015): Creative Facilitation. Bringing Meetings to Life.
 Connecting People and Ideas.

This ebook about the art of facilitation. The book is an invitation to reflect our role and our understanding as facilitators. It is not a book about techniques; it is a book about BEING the facilitator.

Sam Kaner with Lenny Lind, Catherine Toldi, Sarah Fisk, and Duane Berger (2014). Facilitator’s Guide to Participatory Decision-Making. This book is a classic among the many facilitation books on the market; it provides fundamental insights backed with examples and practical tips of how groups think and manage to create a shared framework of understanding as basis for taking joint decisions.

Keeping the fundamentals of group thinking and collaboration processes in mind leads to better designed workshops; and helps the facilitators deal with challenging situations. Furthermore, it gives advice on how facilitators can support groups to manage themselves and build a participatory culture of collaboration.

GATHER, the art and science of effective convenings. Published by the Rockefeller Foundation jointly with the Monitor Institute and Monitor Deloitte.

Gather is a great resource for preparing your next workshop. It provides a clear process of important points to clarify. The simple and powerful questions and how-to guides inspire and guide the preparation process.

The Theory U by Otto Scharmer provides basic insights and inspiration how to work with groups for change to happen. 

In the community of Art of Hosting the facilitator is the host opening and framing the space with and for a group to have meaningful conversation.

The KS toolkit almost any methods are described.

With the structures and methods of Liberating Structure groups are immediately engaged.

The SDC Learning & Networking Shareweb is profound source of inspiration.

Advise for Networked Learning

You are setting up a Community of Practice or knowledge network; or you look for inspiration to make the networked exchange more engaging and dynamic.

I support your community of practice or your network through:

  • Introduction in network thinking: understanding networks, how information is flowing and how knowledge is exchanged and co-created.
  • Advice and support how to make network interactions relevant, dynamic and purposeful
  • Integration of storytelling for sharing and learning and for making the networks value visible
Great books that influenced networked thinking:

Anklam, Patti (2011): Net Work: A Practical Guide to Creating and Sustaining Networks at Work and in the World.

This guide provides the network basics and a language to describe and understand networks. Patti Anklam puts a lot of emphasis on the purpose and value of networks; on social weaving of networks and shared leadership.

Harold Jarche’s blogs frequently about networked thinking, networked mindset and personal knowledge mastery.

Social Reporting and (digital) storytelling

You are looking for solutions how to produce a workshop report that is light and dynamic and at the same time meaningful and relevant; you want to make it participatory and reach out to a wider audience.

You want to develop stories.

I offer you:

  • Advice and coordination for joint reporting (offline or online using social media) and facilitating knowledge transfer to practice by adding an additional layer of reflection
  • Facilitation and advice for story harvesting and oral and digital storytelling,
  • Introduction to blogging and use of social media for sharing and learning.

Inspiring sources for more storytelling and visual thinking, for more creativity and playfulness at work:

Kelley, Tom and David (2013). Creative Confidence. Unleashing the creative potential within all of us. New York Crown Business.

The Kelley brothers, founders of IDEO, wrote a book telling us that human beings are creative creatures and that we just have to leap forward and DO it.

I am inspired by Dave Grave (his squiggle birds and visual thinking school), the Tweets of @evalottchen, and the stories by Darcy Alexandra. And by many many more!