Thursday, July 17, 2008

Romania - training facilitation methods 14th - 15th July 2008

Hi Everybody,


On the 14th and 15th July, 2008 members from 4 Romanian NGO's working on the implementation and promotion of Eco-San Toilets and Water Safety Plans participated in a training on community mobilization and facilitation methods. This training was organized by WECF who are currently implementing a programme on sanitation and clean water in poor rural areas of Romania. Areas are based around Bucharest, Alexandria and Timisoara. For me it was the first time to work in Romania, and I enjoyed it very much to work with 11 dedicated people working together at a school in Alexandria.











In the training members from NGO's, who are guiding the implementation process of these water and sanitation projects, and teachers participated in the training. Both groups showed an immense motivation and enthousiasm on learning and practising the facilitation methods. As one of the participants stated "The facilitation process is necessary at work and in everyday life and being a "facilitator" is a human quality first of all.











Other commented that is was an efficient course, and a useful one for developing the capacities and qualities in facilitation.











Regards,











Simon

Friday, July 4, 2008

Strategy Meeting WECF, 1 - 2 July 2008

Hi Everybody,



On the 1st and 2nd July 2008 I facilitated a strategy meeting for WECF (Women for Europe and a Common Future) who have their offices located in Netherlands, Germany and France. The event took place in Benediktbeurn, Germany.
















WECF strives for a healthy environment for all using women's potential in balancing environment, health and economy. WECF implements solutions locally & influences globally. Overarching goals for 2020 are 1. Healthy environment, 2. Safe chemicals, 3. Safe energy, 4. Safe food production & rural development, 5. Safe water and sanitation for all. Focus areas are the Pan European countries.


During the strategic planning 4 working groups connected to each of the 2020 goals formulated programme and milestones they want to accomplish within the next 5 years. Some dreams that came up were connected to "Toxic free toys", "Sustainable energy production and consumption", "Ecosan as a leading and accepted standard for schools" and "model villages having an integrated and environmental friendly approach".





During the strategy meeting we used a lot of creative working methods, such as "knowing by walking around", the dream cloud and the strategic thermometer. Beniktbauern was an excellent place to discuss and sit outside in some of their magnificent gardens.








Regards,

Simon
e-mail. faccom@xs4all.nl