Archive for the ‘Facilitation’ Category


The best from my blogroll

If you’re wondering who are these people listed on my Blogroll … here’s a snapshot of great posts from some of the Yes!AndThinkers: Viv McWaters and Anne Pattillo launch the Facilitating with Confidence website – Viv has been my teacher and mentor for 5 years now. Anyone wanting to learn about facilitation and themselves … do this course! Johnnie Moore and Robert Paterson have a great podcasting site known as The Phoric – In episode 8 they interview Chris Corrigan and explore living systems. In YouTube Video #2 the traffic is just remarkable to watch!    Mark Earls puts me onto my …

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Space Invaders, Holding Space and Improvisation

Posted by  admin —April 28, 2008
Filed in Being Present, Facilitation, Space, Yes!And Improv

Today is Sunday and I was involved in a community engagement event with a government department and a community adjoining a newly announced National Park. The draft plan was the focus and topic and conversation. Learning #1 – The surf was pumping … the surf is always going-off when I accept weekend jobs! Note to self … say no to weekend work in future 🙂 I was involved in 3 of these Community Engagement events which were wonderfully orchestrated by Carla Rogers using her version of the Open House (aka iForum) event. I was in the wonderful position of being …

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Do we make a difference?

Posted by  admin —April 25, 2008
Filed in Facilitation, Sustainability

That is a big question for me! In my work as a facilitator and I rarely see concrete example of how my work changes people. Does what I do have an impact?  In March I spent 4 hours with a group of teachers who shared 1 thing in common … they were all “change agents” for sustainability in their school communities. Simon Groves from the Barwon Regional Waste Management Group (BRWMG) invited me to share some stuff to help these teachers engage with students and colleagues about sustainable practices.  I found them all to be passionate and fun to work …

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More about Improv and Yes!And

Posted by  admin —April 17, 2008
Filed in Facilitation, Uncategorized, Yes!And Improv

Ok … so I’ve borrowed a principle from Improvisational Theatre to name my blog and apply to life. Here’s a short selection blog posts that capture what Yes!And and other Improv principles are all about:  My own story about Improv in action – posted by Viv McWaters Want to join an Improv Network? – Read Johnnie Moore’s comment here Improvised Facilitation … what is it? – another posted by Viv! Improv and Small Business Yet Another Yes!And insight from Viv. Geoff      

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My Favorite Online Communication/Thinking Tools

Posted by  admin —April 14, 2008
Filed in Facilitation, Vizual Thinking

Like most people … I think in pictures. Our visual system is on all the time, every time we step into a room and negotiate an obstacle in our path. We often make intuitive decisions based on what we see. So, I am a convert to online visual thinking tools. Here are my favs … 1. Sketchcast – I tend to use this on the fly when needing to quickly communicate something visual to a person at the end of an email. Words alone just don’t do it and it’s duplication to write words and scan/email a picture. Here’s a …

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