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Four meetings have been the cornerstones of our project, during which experienced Facilitation trainers and the members of the partner organizations learned about Facilitation and created a Facilitation handbook together, by applicating the concept and tools of Facilitation.     NICO-F Kick-off Meeting: January 13 – 14, 2009 in Izmir The first meeting of the Network of Intercultural Communication Organisations on ...

This is the HANDBOOK of our Network of Intercultural Communication Organizations on Facilitation (NICO_F) Project Feel free to get inspired, to search for some ideas or insights, to remember and use what we have achieved, and to marvel at what FACILITATION can do! You can follow the dynamic collection of what we worked on since 2008 and some of us are still working on - in a very participatory and thus rather ...

Learning and skills

As we explored in our last NICO_F evaluation meeting, these are our...   Learnings Working with facilitation methods the strength of facilitation that proved itself in NICO_F project use of colours that facilitation is a process that control is usal (is what we are used to), but trust is better to give time to explore thar faciliation can be time wasting - the importance of planning that people CAN have good ...

Tool box

Various tools have been tried out by us first during the NICO_F meetings and then during the location applications. Here we list the tools in the order of project steps for which we used them. Further descriptions can be found in our colourful and detailed meeting reports.     KICK OFF MEETING Presentation of organisations based on aspects the participants want to learn about from the others' organisations ...


Needs Analysis from Berlin   Sabrina, Matthias, and Alex sat down that day to identify the situations we believe could benefit from facilitation in our daily work. We considered our main project, Germany Meets Turkey, which is a network of young professionals from Germany and Turkey interested in improving the German-Turkish relationship. We organize several events each year, including weeklong ...


Need Analysis From İzmir   Internal situations/Daily Work Followings are the routine activities of the Izmir Governorship: (a) Regular monitoring and publishing of the funds of different granting institutions: İzmir Governorship EU and Foreign Relations Center regularly monitor different fund-grating bodies’ web sites and publish them on its web site. We also have a mailing group which we use it as a ...

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 ...

5th application: Open up urban spaces

5th application: Facilitation within informal organized European Projects/ Open up urban spaces (Lena)   Concept: During one year, a group of 16 young Europeans will meeting in order to learn an train themselves about Open Space Technology and to challenge the question of participatory approaches in urban spaces. Faciliation methods are therefin used for communication within the geographically spread group and ...

10th application: Mission building

10th application: Facilitating a mission building of an informal working group (Lena)   Concept: During one week-end a group of five persons built up their mission for future cooperation within their informal working group. It was the first time that this working group has been facilitated for their work.   Tools: racing reporter, story telling, vision building, fish bowl discussion, fast information gathering, ...

Feedback models

Handling challenges at group meetings  by using sensitive feedback models   Whole Message Model The WMM works on the principle that feedback has one purpose: learning. Telling people something does not amount to them “learning” anything. The WMM separates evaluation from the situation and the person at hand by organizing feedback along the following four steps: Observation (giving my facts) Thought (what I ...

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