Category Archives: Facilitation Stories

Stories about Facilitation and Authentic Participation

FACILITATION: A Tool for Evoking and Creating Wisdom

Strictly speaking, this is not a story like most of the other posts.  It is an article I wrote in 2003 at the request of a journal that supports inter-cultural education.  They were using the term facilitation for participatory, experiential … Continue reading

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Organizational Transformation through Facilitation

Organizational Transformation through Facilitation Once I had a client whose understanding of their mandate and mission was to fight the oppressor on behalf of the oppressed in the inner city. This was a foundational understanding for the group, based on … Continue reading

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Debriefing a Traumatic Event

I post this for your wide sharing, especially at this moment for Nepal.  I also have it in French, and some other languages.  If you translate it, please send me a copy! We would like to offer this conversation to … Continue reading

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Working Assumptions

In the 1990’s, I had a client gig that I knew was going to be a challenging one.  Their director had spent 3 years strategically building consensus that they should have a consensus-building workshop!  So I decided that I needed … Continue reading

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Becoming a Human Being

Because Wayne and I and our family moved so often from one culture to another, and we were there to work side by side with the local people to make a difference in their community, we had to learn how … Continue reading

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Little Miss Muffet’s Legacy

Once when I was young and naïve, I was a counselor at a summer camp. (Summer of 1972, Lake Geneva.) My “class” was a group of 4-year-olds. I had been using the art-form or focused conversation method in my teaching, … Continue reading

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Inclusion — the “Jacques Story”

“We need everyone’s wisdom for the wisest result.” Sounds like a naive statement. But when the stakeholders in the results are participants in creating them, not only are the results better but the group itself has the potential to be … Continue reading

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The Making of an Ordinary Revolutionary, Part 3

While the water project was progressing, we also initiated economic and social projects. Since I had a degree and a passion for education, I was assigned to start the preschool. I spoke no Arabic, so I managed to get a … Continue reading

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The Making of an Ordinary Revolutionary, part 2

In the 1970’s, it was radical to believe that villagers had any knowledge about what they needed to develop their community. We began the project with a comprehensive participatory planning process that included a cross-section of villagers as well as … Continue reading

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The Making of an Ordinary Revolutionary — part 1

The first installment of the 3 submissions I made to the writing class on Memoirs and Travel Writing — unedited It was June, 1970, I had just graduated from university, and I was standing in the living room of my … Continue reading

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