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Internal and external motivations

Internal and external motivations

Why do we need facilitation?

To approach this questions we spoke about two types of motivation to work with facilitation.


Internal motivation:

  • We value a constant development
  • Team work is important to us – We want to concentrate on cooperation
  • We are looking for ways to empower ourselves
  • Because we love to work with it
  • We like to give value also to people not only to content
  • We can be more effective in this way
  • Because we want to get from “I know” to “I want” and "I do"
  • Because we don’t want to teach but to create learning environment/ create learning
  • We believe in a change as a step by step process and we believe that a dealing with change and finding your own way of adapting to life is important - facilitation can make you ready for it
  • I prefer enhancing the cooperation between existing experts/ activists/ leaders over being an expert/ activist/ leader myself


External motivation:

Society changes

  • We are knowledge society
  • There is constant competition in knowledge
  • Social media changed the way of cooperation 
  • We are not observers or subordinates but we become participants in all life [art, entertainment, communities, education, politics etc.]
  • We are parts of a system and we have to find a way to satisfy different parts of the system - facilitation can be a tool for enabling communication process between parts of the system (however we define it, on whatever level)
  • In time of globalization there is a process of including stakeholders that haven’t been counting so far and facilitation is a way to implement this new tendency on the micro level

Organizational changes

  • Knowledge is most important resource so companies/ organization expect their members to develop it
  • Organizations want to empower employees
  • People are most important factors but employees and members of organizations are sometimes not ready to work in new paradygme so they need facilitation
  • From hierarchical structure to project work
  • Need in project management to manage the people process better (right now 90% of project fails because of problems with the people process)
  • We are expected to bring people to their maximum capacity
  • We can save time for organization by better using group dynamics
  • To change from employees to entrepreneurs
  • Organizational knowledge is getting more and more important
  • Need to reduce the anxiety and fear of change - facilitation gives an indirect way to work with implementation
  • Need to take people from information-communication further to participation, engagement and personal responsibility
  • Because their is an increasing need for creative and innovative ideas/ solutions and facilitation provides a frame for these 
  • We have more and more distributed teams (working virtually) who are seeking for a way to cooperate and communicate.
  • Increaslingly diverse work situations (with people from different countries, organization, age, culture, expectations etc.) ask for communication methods that foster integration of differences - and NICO_F proofed how facilitation can be a helpful way


Helpful Questions:

  • Why do you think asks the given situation/ organization/ community for a facilitators support?

  • Is it about acknowledgment? change? creativity? democracy? developpment? diversity management? empowerment? effectivity? efficiency? equality? learning? 
  • What is your personal motivation/ idea of man/ worldview/ philosophy/ ideology/ principle of operation behind your interest to use facilitation? Does it correspond with the customer's demand (e.g. efficiency vs. acknowledgment, efficiency and empowerment)?

Last changed by Sabrina Tschiche on 07/10/2010

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