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People first, movement and joint inquiry – an after reflection from the Liberating Structures social immersion workshop in The Hague

In December 2018, I was co-facilitating a Liberating Structures social immersion workshop jointly with Anna Jackson, Qua Fisher, Ewen Le Borgne and Cristina Temmink in The Hague. Our workshop was one in a whole series of the Eurotour Anna and Fisher undertook... Continue Reading →

Facilitation for inspiration, a personal after reflection

Inspiring people In learning processes To see options and possibilities To explore, discover and notice My ambition   Framing the space Protected from daily business Including every voice Inviting everyone to look beyond one’s own nose My work   Inviting... Continue Reading →

Options for reviewing workshop with participants

Picture: Workshop review with sticky dots How do you review a workshop with participants that goes beyond the ‘sticky dots’? Well, the sticky dots can be meaningful, it all depends (as always) on the context and the purpose. The question... Continue Reading →

Creating common ground – looking for agreement on how to work and learn together is essential

If you go on a climbing tour with friends, you will have to do some preparation. Within your group you will decide which route you will take, who takes the lead, and what weather conditions are acceptable. You will arrange... Continue Reading →

Meeting rooms: not fancy but flexible

In my last blog post, I wrote that the seating order tells a story and that the room set-up is a choice. Last week I observed waiters in a little restaurant on the islands of Tenerife doing their work. The... Continue Reading →

Beyond input + Q&A – or how to design workshops the flipped way

Workshop time is precious time, let's spend it wisely. I sometimes wonder why there are still workshops and seminars in the format 'input + Q&A + discussion'? Do we lack imagination to do things differently? Or is it a question... Continue Reading →

People first! Content second – workshop time for connecting

And yet again. I was facilitating a three-day workshop. We invested the first 30 minutes into a playful and visual introduction round. Most people knew each other, either well or vaguely, and a few were new. In a group of... 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 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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