Appreciative Facilitation Invitation to join an on-line reflective practice set

“It has taken me a long time to unlearn the art of using questions as clubs with which to bludgeon other people.” (W. Barnett Pearce, 2007)

This on-line set is an opportunity to help you to develop your practice of relationship-centred and appreciative facilitation.  Blending the principles of action learning and appreciative inquiry, the intention is to co-create a space for slow reflection and play to support practical learning. 

As a small group of practitioners, we will reflect on the live issues we are working with and consider what action we each may take with the intention of changing the way that we work.  We will encourage each other to try things out in our own environment between sessions.  This approach recognises that people learn best when they learn with and from each other – by working on real problems and reflecting on their own experiences.  As an on-line set, this is based on the expectation that everything we do can be translated into your own on-line and off-line learning spaces.

  As practitioners that seek to support others and not do things ‘to’ people, how do we make that shift to genuinely working alongside people?   How much further can we take our so-called soft skills?  
When we are rushing around, how can we look at old issues with
new eyes?  

It is likely to be useful for people working in a wide range of public services; those working with complex change; people with a brief to develop participation or build communities; those engaged in facilitation of learning or supervision; and action researchers and practice developers.  You may not be in a formal facilitation or leadership role, but if you are interested in how to create the conditions and support change with others, then this is for you.  We will seek to share our knowledge and experience to create the conditions for sustaining and improving services, organisations and communities.

Each session will be three hours long.  We will agree a general structure for the sessions amongst us.  Participants should expect to commit to working together positively and be willing to engage in an open, honest and positive manner, within the confines of an agreement made at the first session.  There will be some limited material to read to stimulate discussion, always with a focus on how to personalise and apply the learning to the practical issues and challenges that participants are already immersed in.   

It starts in September 2020 and there are more details in the flyer here.

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