Archive for the tag: facilitation

Facilitation Training for GTZ Staff and Partners in Zambia

We are just returning from a wonderful week in Chaminuka, a little paradise not far from Lusaka. We spent three days training a group of 15 participants – about one third GTZ staff members, and the other two thirds working with GTZ partners in government departments and civil society organisations. The I-P-K training approach is […]

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Facilitating the 2nd SALGA RoundTable on Local Economic Development

On September 2nd, 2010, I-P-K has been faciliating the 2nd Round Table on Local Economic Development of SALGA, the “South African Local Governance Association”. This multi-stakeholder event gathered about 45 participants, representing in particular donor organisatgions, but also delegates from municipalities, government agencies, and some NGOs working in the field. The Round Table was hosted […]

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A Random Array of Methods or a Consistent Approach?

Over the past few weeks, two persons asked me the same question that I was unable to respond to – which was very strange: They asked me: “What is your approach then?”. I asked them “What do you mean, which approach?”. One of them pointed out that in a conversation, of more than an hour, […]

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The Enigma of Sustained Momentum – Is Community Building The Answer?

I met a consultant friend for coffee the other day. We spoke about the challenge of sustaining the momentum that a group of individuals gathers at an event aimed at coming up with ‘solutions’ in the form of ‘projects’ to achieve ‘transformation’. In other words: designing and realizing a future that is different from the […]

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My Facebook Group is my Pretext

Steve Song has started this fabulous Facebook group “Just Say NO to Crap Conferences!”. If you join the group, you take the following vow: “I vow never to attend another poorly facilitated, talking heads, not enough interaction, powerpoint heavy workshop or conference ever again.” Say YES to Bar Camps, Open Space, and Unconferences! Your time […]

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A Bit Risky…

So let’s assume we have successfully co-defined with the organisers what the intent and purpose of an event is. We would then ask them to give us “carte blanche” to do an initial design of the event. They give us some key elements to use as building blocks (ie. they tell us to include a […]

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Making Conferences Attractive through a Mix of Methods

I-P-K has been designing and facilitating the Interagency Conference on Local Economic Development, which took place in October 2008 in Turin, Italy. The conference was hosted by the International Training Centre of the ILO. More than 120 participants gathered over 3 days, shared experiences and knowledge and looked for new ways of how to address […]

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Figuring Out the Purpose of a Workshop

We often get inquiries from organisers of events of all sorts – they have heard from someone somewhere that we have facilitated events, meetings, conferences, workshops, that apparently were successful, exciting, different. They then send us their tentative programmes that they have already put together. A dear colleague of mine, Allison Hewlitt, who used to […]

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