Adam spotted aspirationtech.org’s blog on Power Dynamics and Inclusion in Virtual Meetings. This far into using online tools instead of face-to-face meetings, it would be easy to believe we’re up to speed and doing a great job. We’ve probably all read a number of how-to guides and sat through webinars on facilitating online. Still, I’d […]
Like many events, the annual Worker Co-op Weekend, Friday and Saturday of this coming week, can’t go ahead as planned. But a number of Co-ops, including Rhizome, are coming together with Co-operatives UK to deliver a programme of webinars, online discussions and workshop. If you’re a worker co-op take a look at the programme and […]
A few things grabbed my attention whilst preparing for and facilitating the World Carfree Network‘s annual general meeting. As mentioned in the report back post, it was a very international gathering. I’ve noticed that these gatherings bring with them specific challenges for participation that I don’t encounter so often elsewhere. There are the obvious ones […]
For us the key message is that people need to be involved in their own learning. As facilitators we need to bite the bullet and accept that it takes more time, but participation gets better results….
We facilitators can be as guilty as anyone of stereotyping people as ‘difficult’. We write them off and try to either ignore them or marginalise them so they cause as little disruption as possible. But if we take the time to think about what’s going on then we can see that the problem often lies with us, or with the group as a whole.