Hosting and Facilitation

0 0 25/03/2014

I’ve been working as a group facilitator for many years.  I love working with a group of people to design a process that will enable their purpose to be met in a participatory way.  I almost always work in teams.  There are a number of roles that are important in facilitation – host, space holder and harvester – and it is easier to fulfill these roles in a team.  The more participants, the bigger the hosting team required.  Usually between 2 and 4 people is ideal.  I have hosted small groups alone, such as working for WWF, Scope and Common Purpose in Sussex.  Examples of larger workshops and conferences I’ve supported include Food Sovereignty Conference and Nourish Scotland (with Pete Bryant), Scope Conferences, Harrogate Council and JCRT (with Linda Mitchell and Valerie Menelec), Scope Campaigns team (with Simone Tiesinga-Poutnik), Living Soil Forum (with Kajsa Balkfors, Anne Madsena and James Ede), LiveWell Conferences (with Rod Sterne and Lucy Young from WWF).

Originally I trained in stakeholder engagement facilitation, followed by training and practicing the Art of Hosting approach to facilitation and group support (from 2009). This has meant that over recent years, I’ve moved more towards using approaches such as Open Space, World Cafe and Appreciative Inquiry in order to support meaningful conversations.  I’ve also worked with others, such as Simone Tiesinga-Poutnik from Natural Innovation, who are expert in innovation and design and we’ve used techniques such as model building to represent ideas, problems and solutions.

Today I mostly work in a hosting and facilitation team with Linda Mitchell and Sarah Whiteley, together with graphic recorder and facilitator, Jeraldene Lovell-Cole.  If you are interested in learning more about our approach to facilitation or if you have a project or event in mind, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

TTf 2 ListeningFraming (bit blurred)Sarah&Niamh

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