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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.

#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.

#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. 

11 ADVISORY COMMITTEE CHALLENGES & HOW TO OVERCOME THEM

11 ADVISORY COMMITTEE CHALLENGES & HOW TO OVERCOME THEM

Advisory committees – we love them and we hate them – and we can’t stop setting them up. They're possibly the number one method of engagement in Australia.

When used effectively, these groups (also called stakeholder/community reference groups and a whole host of other titles) can provide an opportunity to gather local knowledge and input, test ideas and proposals and improve communication and relationships.  However, when used improperly, run poorly, or put in place as a substitute for a comprehensive engagement process, they can create more risk than reward.

This post will help you to overcome some of the biggest challenges associated with advisory committees, and ensure that both organisation and group benefits from the experience.

CRITICAL THINKING STUDY INSIGHTS PART 2: THE FACILITATOR

CRITICAL THINKING STUDY INSIGHTS PART 2: THE FACILITATOR

Recently, we posted an interview with Lyn Carson of Active Democracy and the newDemocracy Foundation, who is working in partnership with MosaicLab to research what happens when critical thinking skills, techniques and concepts are introduced to participants in a deliberative process. 

Today, in Part 2,  we're talking with MosaicLab co-founder Nicole Hunter, an experienced facilitator with extensive experience in deliberative engagement.  Nicole, alongside MosaicLab's other two co-founders Keith Greaves and Kimbra White, has been working to integrate critical theories into real, on-ground processes.  

Facilitating deliberative mini-publics - Real Democracy Now!

Facilitating deliberative mini-publics - Real Democracy Now!

One of our co-founders Keith Greaves was interviewed on a recent episode of Real Democracy Now! - a podcast that answers the question: can we do democracy differently?

The episode, which also features interviews with facilitators Lucy Cole-Edelstein, Director of Straight Talk and Max Hardy, Principal at Max Hardy Consulting, considers the concept of 'mini publics' (or deliberative processes) from the perspective of the facilitator.