Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Creative facilitation in overcoming a lunch dip!

Imagine your organisation is searching for an effective facilitator, who can facilitate and deal with learning and change processes in your organisation. Three practising facilitators of ICCOenKerkinActie guided their colleague participants in identifying the key competencies of an effective facilitator. Challenged by a task, participants were asked to interview some of their colleagues outside the training room. After 30 minutes the competencies of an effective facilitator were presented and shared.

This session provided us some space to move and get outside the training room, expressed one of the participants. The whole session was composed of a diversity of creative methods; the bloopers, statue theatre, interviewing outsiders and a smily evaluation. Creative methods are very helpful in overcoming a lunch dip. It is energizing!

The creative sessions were part of the training Basic Facilitation Methods, which was held on 20 - 21 September, 2010 at ICCOenKerkinActie. ICCOenKerkinActie aims at supporting development initiatives in the South aiming at Improving Basic Services (education, health, water, food), Fostering market & economic development and Building Peace and Democracy in fragile states. Through this the organisation aims at contributing towards the Milenium Development Goals.
The training, led by Simon Koolwijk, was focused the first day on learning the Technology of Participation Techniques. These are basic techniques, developed by the Institute of Cultural Affairs, which stimulates people to give direction to their own lives. The second was focused on practising and getting feedback.
The training appeared to be a fruitful occasion of exchange. Additional methods such as the 'Experiential learning cycle', 'Rich picture' and 'Back casting' were shared and further elaborated. It was a fruitful course for learning trics and tips!

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