Facilitating Collaborative Groups is back. After a popular first round, we’re running this online series of drop in sessions on facilitating group meetings again.
We believe we are living at a time of unprecedented and intersecting social, climate and ecological crises. We face ‘unavoidable multiple climate hazards’, increasing wealth gaps since the Covid 19 crisis and corporate monopoly power has a stranglehold on democracy. While there is so much to be grieving or discouraged by, we believe that times of crisis hold within them potential for deep and rapid change. We are seeing a rise in protest and grassroots organising across the UK and an ongoing rise in UK trade union membership.
We believe that building collective power is key to creating social change and that to build collective power we need groups that can work collaboratively together, caring for all needs and benefiting from all voices. We believe facilitation is a practice that’s essential to the transformation of our ways of organising and to the transformation of the world we’re creating for ourselves and for future generations. We also believe that anyone can become better at facilitation with practice!
Why Facilitation? What’s its Value?
Meetings are at the heart of our groups and organisations. They are spaces where we discuss issues and get creative, put our values into practice, build stronger connections with each other and make decisions that align with our shared purpose.
Facilitation is about supporting a group’s path to fulfilling its shared purpose. It's more than a set of methods and tools to be applied. It can be a practice that fosters collaboration. It can be a way of working that develops a culture of participation which includes all voices, experiences and perspectives. It can support deep listening to the wisdom that each person has to contribute, and integrate that wisdom to inform the way a group works and makes decisions, building the group's potential for a more powerful response in the world.
These sessions will offer ways of seeing, ideas and tools for beginners and experienced facilitators alike. The sessions will offer space to practice and explore how new concepts might fit into your context. They are intended to support a life-long practice of collaborative facilitation, hearing unheard voices and disrupting power dynamics in our groups.
Who Are the Sessions for?
These sessions are for people working in groups to create social, climate, ecological or economic change. They’re for people who want to support their group to make great decisions, benefit from the wisdom of all their members, and have lasting impacts with the work they have chosen to do. They’re for people who are already facilitating and want to deepen their skills, AND for people who want to start facilitating meetings.
There is a sliding scale of £5 - £20 for each session. Please pay what you can, and if this cost would stop you from coming please contact us! We want to make these sessions as accessible as we can. If you have the means and would like to pay more, we welcome additional donations. If you’re coming on behalf of an organisation that has funding, please ask your organisation to pay for your participation, at the top end of the sliding scale.
The sessions will be recorded and shared with those who sign up to them.
We're offering three practice sessions throughout the course. While all the sessions have practical elements in them, the practice sessions are pure practice spaces. There will be exercises and scenarios that pertain to the content covered so far, and you'll have a choice about how to engage and what practices to participate in. The sessions are on:
Practice Session 1 - Fri 16th Dec, 5pm-7pm
Practice Session 2 - Fri 24th Feb, 5pm-7pm
Practice Session 3 - Fri 31st Mar, 5pm-7pm
Please contact us if you have any questions about the course, or any concerns about your participation: bookings @ navigate.org.uk
We had a great time running this series earlier in the year and we’re really looking forward to doing it again!