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Experiences with methods

The experiences with facilitation

were very distinct for everyone of us; especially the exchange about the perspectives of beginners and these of the more experienced have been very fruitful (see our stories).

Here you can find out about how a facilitation newbie learned that and in which ways Facilitation is more than just about certain tools (see toolbox), that it is also very much about the exposure to and our attitude behind its application, about the "how" to use the tools.


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Since the devil is in the details, there were lots of small big learnings around this “how” of Facilitating – of which following aspects seem to be the most significant and the most valuable ones to share in order to initiate further thinking and discussion:

  • In how far a positive idea of man as a social and sociable being is the fundament of Facilitation – because only this leads to the attitude of trusting in its natural interest to be active and to participate, in its ability to find appropriate solutions, its motivation to undertake responsibility… (vs. an attitude of controlling the man's “bad habits”);
  • How the facilitator’s attitude of non-involvement regarding content and outcome is so crucial for the successful involvement of the group members – in every step of the process, meaning also at the point of starting the process. In the moment you feel the urge to convince somebody, let go this idea and listen to the group!;
  • In how many ways a group entail diverse orientations that facilitation needs and is able to embrace: not only regarding its national affiliations and related “cultures of hosting” etc., but also regarding i.e. the need to involve individual or emotional topics vs. rational concentration on the group task, regarding the need for space vs. orientation, regarding abstract vs. practical thinking, etc. etc.;
  • How for giving the group space to develop and conclude their issues it is also important to give directions, suggest norms and frames and prescribe processes – as long their function is clear, flexible and only related to the group needs.
  • How facilitation not only premises but also forms an attitude of trusting in the group, thinking in terms of opportunities, challenges and needs rather than in terms of disadvantages, problems and reproaches, taking initiative rather than complaining, etc. etc. – at all levels of your life.
  • To be continued..


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For discussing further different beginners' and experienced people's perspectives on Facilitatation, lets think about these questions:

Which strengths and challenges of each method experienced within NICO-F do I consider most important and why?

Which for me are the most crucial strengths and challenges of facilitation in general? 

How did I experience the differnt methods?

Last changed by Sabrina Tschiche on 07/10/2010

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