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Planning is easier when visual – a plea for the Swiss german word ‘Auslegeordnung’

This is a plea for the Swiss German expression Auslegeordnung. Auslegeordnung is a funny and practical word. It means literally to display (auslegen) an ordre (Ordnung). You stop being busy and lay out all the information visually on the table,... Continue Reading →

Online communication: tools, habits and play

When you think about your online communication for purely professional purposes what is your favourite channel? Are you an ‘emailer’? Or a ‘phoner’? Or a ‘skyper’? Or a wiki-fan? Or sometimes a ‘chatter’? Or are you a ‘multi-channel user’? Our... Continue Reading →

Playful spheres; or what makes you play?

What makes you play? When are you playful? What do you need to feel ready to slip into a playing mood? Last week I co-facilitated a workshop on remote communication. We designed the workshop in a spirit of play –... Continue Reading →

Storytelling workshops are engaging

Photo: Storytelling - digging into memories Last week I was co-facilitating a digital storytelling workshop in Berne. In the 3-days workshop seven storytellers created stories about an intercultural experience. At the introduction of the workshop I promised: This will be... Continue Reading →

Why we need more playfulness in learning

Playful learning – playful facilitation

What are your memories about your last workshop or learning event? How was the atmosphere? How did you feel? When I think back to my last workshop I attended as participant I remember smiling faces. We played and experimented, we... Continue Reading →

Facilitation tip 4 : Engage all participants and make it playful

Take a moment and think back to a last conversation you had. Why did you engage? Did you care about the topic? Is it your cause? Did you have something to contribute? Did you care about the people? Were you interested... Continue Reading →

Facilitation tip 3: Conversation is input

  We learn through conversation and inquiry. When I facilitate a workshop or help others planning and designing their workshop I always go for ‘as much conversation as possible and as little input as necessary’. Making this suggestion I often... Continue Reading →

Facilitation tip 2: Design the workshop as a story with a beginning, a middle and an end

A colleague asked me for advice. She is planning a three-days regional workshop with a small group of 12 colleagues working in the field of health. After clarifying the purpose we talked about the workshop design. She had a clear idea what... Continue Reading →

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