CONFERENCE FOR THE FACILITATION COMMUNITY

CONFERENCE FOR THE FACILITATION COMMUNITY

The 2018 Australasian Facilitators Newtwork (AFN) conference will reflect the organisation’s intention to to reflect on and celebrate the journey and legacy of its facilitation community.

Join facilitators from Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia and the Pacific for a celebration of diversity - diversity of people, perspectives and practices.

CRITICAL THINKING: IAP2A RESEARCH AWARD (+ FREE RESOURCES)

CRITICAL THINKING: IAP2A RESEARCH AWARD (+ FREE RESOURCES)

We’re very pleased to announce that, together with partner Dr. Lyn Carson of Deliberative Designs, we have won the 2018 IAP2 Australasia Core Values Award for Research. We feel very honoured to have had this exciting work recognised in this way.

To celebrate, we’re providing everyone with all the digital resources and materials that have been produced to date as a result of this work. Providing these resources to others is in line with our commitment to enhancing the quality of deliberative processes, and our aim to encourage quality engagement practice everywhere.

(continue to the bottom of this post to access all the resources).

BEHIND THE SCENES OF PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING

BEHIND THE SCENES OF PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING

Thank you to the panellists and participants who joined us for a brief journey behind the scenes of Participatory Budgeting (PB) at the 2018 IAP2 Australasia Conference this week. Delegates took part in a mini PB process before engaging in conversation with the panel and exploring lessons learned from recent projects across Australia and the UK.

We’ve provided some free PB resources at the bottom of this post - these resources are available to both participants from the conference and anyone who couldn’t make it to the session.

#MONTHLYMYTH: PREP THE PLAN FIRST

#MONTHLYMYTH: PREP THE PLAN FIRST

Want to get the best possible value out of the consultant or facilitator you engage?  Hoping to minimise wasted time, money and resources?  Seeking to deliver an engagement process that’s as effective as possible?  Our tip: don’t develop a detailed engagement methodology before you appoint your consultant. 

This month’s myth explores the potential consequences of this all too common error and provides 4 steps to achieving the best possible return on your consultant investment and delivering an effective process.

VIDEO: DELIBERATION JOURNEY - PARTICIPANTS' PERSPECTIVES

VIDEO: DELIBERATION JOURNEY - PARTICIPANTS' PERSPECTIVES

This one has been a long time in the making.  Finally, we can announce that our latest 'Deliberation Ready' video is here.  This edition is particularly exciting because, for the first time, we've interviewed participants from across multiple deliberative processes

Together, these 10 citizens share their unique perspectives and provide candid, first hand reflections on their journey - the challenges, the surprises, the highlights and more. 

A YEAR IN REVIEW: MOSAICLAB PROJECTS

A YEAR IN REVIEW: MOSAICLAB PROJECTS

Where did the last financial year go?  Time flies by when you're busy, and it seems there's never a dull moment for the MosaicLab team.   

When we looked across a year of MosaicLab projects and collated the numbers, it was surprising to see just how many hours we had facilitated, people we had worked with and projects we had undertaken. 

#MONTHLYMYTH: MORE IS MORE

#MONTHLYMYTH: MORE IS MORE

Often, the purpose of an engagement process (or one phase of an engagement process) is to cast the net wide, capturing as many views and voices as possible.   Often, this is a good approach, particularly at the beginning of a longer engagement process.  What you generally don’t want to aim for, however, is the highest possible volume of feedback and data, with no regard for how useful or informed that input is.

Today we’re highlighting why you might get an overload of responses – many of which aren’t relevant to the issue at hand, why this is a problem, and how you can avoid it for your next process.

#MONTHLYMYTH: EMCEES & FACILITATORS

#MONTHLYMYTH: EMCEES & FACILITATORS

Sometimes, as facilitators, we find ourselves in awe of a skilled Master of Ceremonies (emcee).  Some emcees can really bring an event to life, confidently engaging the audience and seamlessly pull an occasion together with effortless flow and poise.  Where appropriate, the best MC’s will also inject humour and entertainment and make an event ‘sparkle’.

The reason we’re so impressed is that this isn’t our core skill set! Contrary to popular belief, these two roles aren't interchangeable.  To address this month's myth, we interviewed a professional emcee and professional facilitator, gaining first hand insights into these two unique worlds. 

BEHIND EVERY GOOD TEAM ...

BEHIND EVERY GOOD TEAM ...

MosaicLab is a small, busy, tight-knit team of facilitators and engagement practitioners.  We’re always dashing off to meet a client, run a session or plan a process.   Behind the scenes, however, are the unsung heroes of MosaicLab - the essential people that make us look good and keep the wheels turning. 

We are very proud to introduce our wonderful, global,  'behind-the-scenes' team of superstars! 

7 TEAM TIPS: ENHANCE YOUR ENGAGEMENT PRACTICE

7 TEAM TIPS: ENHANCE YOUR ENGAGEMENT PRACTICE

A minute with the MosaicLab team! Each of our team members provides their number one tip for enhancing and improving your community engagement practice.

7 ways to improve engagement outcomes from our team of experienced facilitators and engagement practitioners.