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Creative Facilitation – an inspiring book for facilitators

November 18, 2015 | Blog-Admin1 | Methods & Tools |

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The new facilitation book by Viv McWaters and Johnnie Moore for designing and conducting inspiring and creative meetings is available online. It is a book about the art of facilitation. The book is an invitation to reflect our role and our understanding as facilitators. It is not a book about techniques; it is a book about BEING the facilitator.

By Nadia von Holzen, SDC

 

The two facilitators Viv McWaters and Johnnie Moore published their new facilities book:

Creative Facilitation.
Bringing Meetings to Life.
Connecting People and Ideas.

You can download the book for free here: http://creativefacilitation.com/free-book

creative facilitation

Good facilitation can make a difference

Facilitating a participatory learning process is truly rewarding and inspiring. As facilitators we can contribute that the magic happens and a group really advances in their reflection and is literally taking off and flying. And yes, this magic happens again and again, but not always. It needs good preparation, and engaged an organizing team willing to dive into participatory leadership adopting workshop and inviting participants in.

Viv McWaters and Johnnie Moore write about this magic:

There can be something magical about meeting in person—whether it’s a friend you haven’t seen for a long time or your work colleagues. It’s one of the reasons why conferences are so popular. It’s the human sharing, the energy, the connection that we crave. It is in these face-to-face meetings that creativity and innovation flourish, where ideas can abound, where we meet new people, make and reinforce relationships and build a platform for our own work.
Viv McWaters and Johnnie Moore

Good facilitation needs skills

It is a book about the art of facilitation. The authors know what they write about. They are practitioners. This makes this book so valuable.

They describe lively what facilitation is about; and what facilitators do for a group; and what not, which is equally relevant.

They include “workshop basics” and offer a framework for designing a workshop.

They go beyond the basics providing ideas how to invite people in to fully be present and participate.

They outline what creative facilitation means, especially in complex, and sometimes difficult, situations.

And last but not least, they offer ideas for further reflection and provide useful links, resources and other information.

Good facilitation is mastery

The book is an invitation to reflect our role and our understanding as facilitators. It is not a book about techniques; it is a book about BEING the facilitator.

So here’s a paradox: I love helping others learn how to facilitate, work effectively with groups, upset entrenched patterns, surface emotions, unleash creativity, have big and small conversations. Yet, when someone asks me how I know to do this or that when facilitating, I’m flummoxed. I often don’t know. It’s a bit like asking an artist how they knew to put that stroke exactly there, or why use those combinations of colours. How did they know? I’m guessing they just knew because it felt right, because it becomes intuitive— through years and years of practice, through trial and error, through trusting their talent and their instincts. Through taking a chance, being brave, being willing to make lots of mistakes before getting it ‘right’. By mucking it up, throwing it out and starting over. By believing they can do it, that it can be done.
Viv McWaters

Enjoy reading – and let us know what you think about it.

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