So how does this relate to what I am passionate about in work (ie. facilitation and tackling sustainability issues)?
The way in which people work together, collaborate and get things done is changing more rapidly than ever before. In my facilitation work, I want to enjoy riding this exciting new wave!
As a passionate advocate of sustainability and tackling climate change, social media provide everyone with a voice and a media channel to reach millions of people. For me, I intend to use this opportunity to be a part of (and help to lead at times) real and fundamental change. Change in the way we view ourselves and others. Change in the way we use resources and care for the planet
If you were interested in this slideshows above, here’s some ‘must watch/read’ links that I think build on some of the stats and ideas presented here:
Sir Ken has a new book coming out in 2009 called The Element. It’s about how we find that place where we say, “I’m in my element”. For me at the moment, my element is playing with my kids, being in my vege/fruit garden and facilitating – being ‘present’ with a group and assisting them to do their very best thinking.
Johnnie works as a facilitator and marketing consultant. He has a strong background in marketing and is interested in the human aspects of organisations. “Some call what I do the “soft” skills… or the “touchy feely” stuff. I prefer to think I can combine a certain amount of business logic with an appreciation of the ability of humans to surprise and amaze us. My work ranges from one-to-one coaching through small teams to conferences of 300 plus participants.” Source = Johnnie’s blog
I had the pleasure of catching up with Johnnie twice during his Australian trip. Great to meet the man behind the blog, share stories and get to know each other in the offline world.
I really liked Matt’s metaphor ‘Beyond the Event Horizon‘ to highlight what happens (or fails to happen) after the event, workshop or whatever. The transition from workshop back to the real world is a dimension to my facilitation that I pay far more attention to now.
Thanks to Matt for these Show Notes: 00:00 – Introduction – Sick kids, adrenalin junkies & improvisation. 05:00 – Geoff’s camping holidays: Being Prepared vs. Having A Plan. 09:30 – Matt bounces up and down on the unscripted trampoline. 11:30 – Facilitation begins long before the event. 16:30 – Facilitation as transformation. 18:20 – What happens “beyond the event horizon”? What are the transitions? 20:00 – “Random Acts of Traction” – Before, During & After. 25:50 – The offer of support. 29:00 – Facilitators as Collective Memory.
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