How do I facilitate a participatory process?


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Introduction to facilitation

Published: March 4, 2017

Facilitation is a process of enabling groups to work cooperatively and effectively together and which emphasises the involvement of all participants in a meaningful way. The word ‘facilitator’ comes from the Latin –facilitas, which roughly means ‘easiness’. Thus a facilitator is someone who works to make meetings and group interactions easier. Another way of looking…

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Facilitation skills

Published: March 4, 2017

These are some of the key skills that are important in all of the six facilitator roles, but in particular for the role of intervener. These are all ‘soft’ communications skills and can be difficult to measure and define with accurately.  Indeed a key frustration for many facilitators is that when done well facilitation can…

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Facilitating tricky situations

Published: March 4, 2017

Dealing with ‘difficult’ participants While it is easy to dismiss certain people as being naturally ‘difficult’ this is not a helpful approach. By considering the needs of ‘difficult’ participants you can uncover their motivations and provide them with a role in the process which meets these needs. Here is a model with four different participant…

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