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Upcoming events

    • 08/24/2017
    • 09/29/2017
    • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, room 2N30
    MAFN’s signature DC Facilitators Workshop Series consists of 10 interactive three-hour sessions on various topics related to the practice and business of facilitation.

     

    Download the description of our new program of DC Workshops for 2017-18.


    Register for the whole series of 10 DC workshops and save!

     

    By registering for the series, you have a guaranteed place in every workshop.  And you will save from 25% or more of the cost of registering for individual events.

    Early-Bird discounts for Members are available until September 15.


    The regular series price for Members will be available from September 15-29, when the opportunity to purchase the DC Workshop Series will end.


    The regular price for Non-Members applies until September 29.


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    • 09/29/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9

    Group-level intervention has the power to improve dysfunctional group norms and organizational behaviors more than any collection of individual interventions. Organizational development’s (OD) emphasis on human systems is what makes it the most powerful technique that exists for managing change. Human systems is the power of organizational development.


    In this workshop, you will learn to improve your group-level interventions through gaining a deeper understanding of human systems and how to use that understanding to make interventions intended to create healthier group norms. Workshop participants will receive a copy of “A Basic Understanding of Human Systems” and “Two Ways to See Human Systems.”

     

    About the Presenter

    Michael F. Broom, Ph.D. is an organizational psychologist and author of Power, The Infinite Game, co-authored with Dr. Donald Klein and The Infinite Organization. He is CEO of the Center for Human Systems that sponsors the Dragon Principles Intensive developed with Edie Seashore. His third book The Dragon Principles of Organization Development is under development. In 2015, Dr. Broom was honored by the national OD Network with their Lifetime Achievement Award.        

     

    If registrant pays for an individual MAFN workshop session and contacts info@mafn.org to cancel before the registration deadline, MAFN will either credit the full registration fee towards a future workshop or process a refund, less a processing fee of $10. No refunds after registration deadline has passed.


    If registrant pays for a MAFN workshop series and contacts info@mafn.org to cancel before the date of the September workshop, MAFN will process a refund, less a processing fee of $10. No refunds on or after the date of the September workshop.

    • 10/13/2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online using Adobe

    You’ve nailed down your topic. You’ve rocked your facilitation game plan. And now… the obligatory PowerPoint presentation.


    PowerPoint is often an afterthought, and occasionally an effective torture device. However, used properly, PowerPoint can be a powerful tool to visually enhance your communication, guide your facilitation, and engage your audience.


    Join us for this fun and interactive experience as we explore various techniques for leveraging the power of PowerPoint, and add additional powerful tools to our facilitation toolkits.


    Objectives:

    • Develop a revolutionary approach to presentation design
    • Explore various ways to leverage PowerPoint to engage your audience
    • Learn to convey your message more effectively through visual storytelling and metaphor

    Presenter:


    Steve Cherches is the co-founder of BigBlueGumball, a NYC-based professional development firm that helps people become more effective thinkers, communicators, and leaders. With their motto "We make training entertaining" as their foundation, Steve and his brother Todd are on a mission to make the world a better place by ridding the planet of bad bosses and painful presentations. At the heart of Steve’s approach to training, coaching, and facilitating, is the idea that learning and growth should be innovative, interactive, experiential, and fun.

    www.BigBlueGumball.com






    Additional Information:

    • Approximately 2-3 days prior to this workshop, you will receive additional, more detailed instructions for joining the live session. 
    • The workshop will begin promptly at noon Eastern Time, but we strongly recommend you log-in to the website at 11:45 am to address any connection issues.
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    • 10/27/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9

    What is a personal boundary?

    • A limit.
    • A line not to be crossed.
    • Something that separates what is acceptable from what is not.

    Setting boundaries is about setting our limits. By doing this we are taking responsibility for ourselves and promoting fairness and respect in relationships. Boundaries reflect our right to say “no” to those things that aren’t good for us. Boundaries are about learning to take care of ourselves, regardless of the circumstances. They emerge from a deep sense of our personal rights, especially the right to be ourselves. Effective boundary setting promotes our safety and self-respect and can also be beneficial to those with whom we set boundaries.   This workshop will help you set and maintain successful boundaries.  Participants will:

    • Discuss how boundary issues show up when facilitating.
    • Learn approaches and tactics in establishing boundaries.
    • Explore difficult boundary setting situations and how they might be managed better.
    • Practice setting boundaries in small group exercises.

    Participants will be provided a copy of “Getting What You Want: Setting and Maintaining Boundaries with Others.”


    About the Presenter


    As an organizational consultant and executive coach for more than 15 years, Mark Sachs has often noticed how organizations and their people underestimate their potential. In his organizational consulting practice, his areas of expertise include improving open communication among staff, developing productive teams, assessing organizational strengths and challenges, planning and managing change, and facilitating meetings and retreat.


    Before opening his consulting and coaching firm, Mark was director of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Management Consulting Service. He earned his MS degree in Organization Development from the American University/ NTL Institute, where he currently serves as an adjunct faculty member. Mark is a graduate of Coach University and is an International Coach Federation, Professional Certified Coach (PCC).  Mark is certified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Bar-On Emotional Quotient Inventory, Drexler/Sibbet Team Performance Inventory, Hogan 360, and Culture Transformation Tools.

     

       

    If registrant pays for an individual MAFN workshop session and contacts info@mafn.org to cancel before the registration deadline, MAFN will either credit the full registration fee towards a future workshop or process a refund, less a processing fee of $10. No refunds after registration deadline has passed.


    If registrant pays for a MAFN workshop series and contacts info@mafn.org to cancel before the date of the September workshop, MAFN will process a refund, less a processing fee of $10. No refunds on or after the date of the September workshop.

    • 11/17/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9

    So what is improvisation? Well it’s a form of live theatre in which the plot, characters and dialogue of a game, scene or story are made up in the moment. Often improvisers will take a suggestion from the audience, or draw on some other source of inspiration to get started.


    In this workshop you’ll learn a wide variety of improvisational techniques designed to help you punch up your presentations, accelerate learning, deepen retention, and engage your audience both more effectively and more confidently. By learning some of the basics (and intermediates) of improv, you’ll be more comfortable creating on the fly, responding to unplanned topics or hiccups, and able to turn your presentations into dynamic and captivating performances.


    Workshop participants will engage in role-play trying out a range of improv games and scenarios. Participants will receive a list of improv games with instructions and resources for future training.


    About the Presenter


    Strother Gaines is a business and personal coach for creative entrepreneurs and those who want to become one. He is a multi-passionate entrepreneur with a background in theatre, public speaking, education, sales, management, leadership and segway-tour-guiding. His private practice is called "But I'm a Unicorn, Dammit!” and he is passionately working to help as many people as possible own up to the fact that they're a unique. He is the event director for the DC Chapter of Network Under 40 and he recently spoke at the 2016 TEDx MidAtlantic Festival on the topic of storytelling.

     

       

    If registrant pays for an individual MAFN workshop session and contacts info@mafn.org to cancel before the registration deadline, MAFN will either credit the full registration fee towards a future workshop or process a refund, less a processing fee of $10. No refunds after registration deadline has passed.


    If registrant pays for a MAFN workshop series and contacts info@mafn.org to cancel before the date of the September workshop, MAFN will process a refund, less a processing fee of $10. No refunds on or after the date of the September workshop.

    • 12/15/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9

    This workshop will discuss how current breakthroughs in neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology, newly emergent insights from quantum field theory and the hard sciences, and the application of a western scientific lens on practices from traditional wisdom sources can change can change the way we design, engage and facilitate workshops, trainings and interventions.  More specifically, this goals of this workshop include:

    • Reviewing five current breakthroughs in applied neuroscience and their implications for our facilitation;
    • Exploring the “Physics of Facilitation”©  as applied to the movement of group and team energy;
    • Analyzing a U.S. government client case study focusing on the application of neuroscience design constructs, quantum physics metaphors, and somatic training activities to long term enterprise wide leadership development; and
    • Engaging in an experiential activity built upon principles of attachment theory, emotional contagion, and the creation of “group mind”.

    About the Presenter:

    Jim White’s experience over the past 35 years includes work as an OD consultant, leadership trainer, facilitator and/or program manager in 17 countries and with 10 US Government organizations, 7 academic institutions, 3 non-profits and 2 trade associations. He has a Master of Arts degree in Transformational Leadership and Social Change from the Maryland University of Integrative Health.

    Jim is currently facilitating leadership development workshops for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, designing and facilitating leadership courses for John’s Hopkins School of Education and the University of Maryland Baltimore County, training law enforcement officials for the Department of State at the West African Regional Training Center in Ghana, and co-facilitating workshops in “Designing and Facilitating Transformational Workshops” at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.  In addition, he is currently collaborating on a book on “Why Mind-Body Experience Matters” with Dr. Ken Nelson and Lesli Lang of Kripalu and drafting a book on the “Physics of Facilitation” which focuses on harnessing and focusing group and team energy in service of transformational contributions to organizations.

    If registrant pays for an individual MAFN workshop session and contacts info@mafn.org to cancel before the registration deadline, MAFN will either credit the full registration fee towards a future workshop or process a refund, less a processing fee of $10. No refunds after registration deadline has passed.

     

    If registrant pays for a MAFN workshop series and contacts info@mafn.org to cancel before the date of the September workshop, MAFN will process a refund, less a processing fee of $10. No refunds on or after the date of the September workshop.



     
    • 01/26/2018
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9
    Whether you work as an internal facilitator or have your own consulting firm, developing your personal brand is critical to your success. You are your own Chief Marketing Officer and your #1 client is YOU.

    This session will provide an opportunity to reflect on the background, skills, and talents that make you uniquely qualified in your organization and industry.  You will explore actionable tools and strategies to effectively package your talents, leverage your capabilities, differentiate yourself from your colleagues, and heighten your visibility.  After all, it doesn’t matter how great you are, if nobody knows who you are.  You won’t get that call and will subsequently miss out on opportunities. You will also examine how to position yourself as a Thought Leader, sought after by others for your unique expertise and perspective. 

    Come prepared to roll up your sleeves and learn how you can craft a personal brand which enables you to memorably emerge in your organization or industry.

    About the Presenter

    Jennifer Ransaw Smith is a nationally sought-after Personal Elevation strategist, leadership development mentor and Personal branding consultant. As the founding CEO of Brand id|Strategic Partners, the nation’s only full-service personal elevation agency, she works with entrepreneurs and executives from coast-to-coast to help them leverage their expertise to become game changers within their organization and industry. People call her when they want to "make a name for themselves." 

    Called a True Visionary by her clients, Jennifer is on a mission to empower her clients and audiences by providing them with effective strategies that can be implemented immediately to make significant changes in how they are currently being perceived. Her goal is to teach people to become the Chief Marketing Officer of the Brand Called You, Inc. She divides her time between speaking, training, and coaching clients on how to become the person to know in their industry.  Her tips, tools and strategies have appeared in a myriad of places including ABCThe Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun and been taught at leading organizations like Microsoft, Duke Energy and Deloitte.

     

     

     

    If registrant pays for an individual MAFN workshop session and contacts info@mafn.org to cancel before the registration deadline, MAFN will either credit the full registration fee towards a future workshop or process a refund, less a processing fee of $10. No refunds after registration deadline has passed.

     

    If registrant pays for a MAFN workshop series and contacts info@mafn.org to cancel before the date of the September workshop, MAFN will process a refund, less a processing fee of $10. No refunds on or after the date of the September workshop.



     
    • 02/23/2018
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9

    When might conflict inhibit creativity, and when might conflict enhance creativity? How can we be maximizing creative tension while at the same time, minimizing interpersonal anxiety?

     

    Dynamic Facilitation is a particularly useful way for working across silos and with multi-stakeholder groups – wherever we want to tap the creative potential of differences. This highly relational and multi-partial approach to facilitation creates effective conditions for collaborative decision-making in complex situations. It is currently being used in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, in both business applications as well as in participatory public policy contexts.  This workshop offers an experiential taste of how groups can explore highly-charged issues in an emotionally safe and creative manner. Participants will:

    • Gain an experiential understanding of how a relational and multi-partial approach to facilitation allows us to maximize the creative tension of divergent perspectives while minimizing interpersonal anxiety.
    • Learn how to create emotional safety for both creative and critical thinking, by offering relational listening space to each participant.
    • Practice techniques in fostering psychological safety, emergent process, and flow states in groups.
    • Develop more comfort in relating to conflicting perspectives, as a potential source of creative energy.

     

    About the Presenter

     

    Rosa Zubizarreta is the Principal of Diapraxis and works with leaders and groups to catalyze creativity and collaboration. She specializes in developing organizational capacity for strategic conversations to facilitate group learning, shared systemic perspectives, and effective action. Rosa presented a MAFN 2015 Webinar on “From Conflict to Collaboration: An Overview of Dynamic Facilitation.”

     

    Rosa brings deep content expertise in working with engaged empathy to evoke collaborative sense-making, group flow, and energetic alignment within highly diverse groups. Author of From Conflict to Creative Collaboration: A User's Guide to Dynamic Facilitation, she teaches this work internationally. Trained in organization development and action research, Rosa works with variety of dialogic practices to co-create customized participatory processes with clients. In addition to her experience with a broad portfolio of dialogic processes, including Future Search, Open Space Technology, World Café, and Appreciative Inquiry, her listening work is grounded in decades of personal practice with Focusing, Internal Family Systems, and Inner Empathy.           

     

     

    If registrant pays for an individual MAFN workshop session and contacts info@mafn.org to cancel before the registration deadline, MAFN will either credit the full registration fee towards a future workshop or process a refund, less a processing fee of $10. No refunds after registration deadline has passed.

     

    If registrant pays for a MAFN workshop series and contacts info@mafn.org to cancel before the date of the September workshop, MAFN will process a refund, less a processing fee of $10. No refunds on or after the date of the September workshop.



     
    • 03/23/2018
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9

    Participants will be immersed in learning Liberating Structures, a set of facilitation techniques that quickly fosters lively, meaningful participation to mobilize groups of any size. Liberating Structures create a safe space to amplify all voices and unleash innovation. These tested techniques are being used all over the world, in hospitals, universities, nonprofits, and corporate settings, for better outcomes. In a quick-paced and energetic session, participants will engage in Liberating Structures practices to reflect on their own work while learning more about what these techniques are and how they engage and energize participants.  Through this workshop, participants will:

    • Learn to integrate Liberating Structures into their practice;
    • Gain the ability to explain the philosophy behind liberating structures and where to find more information;
    • Share challenges around energizing and engaging groups; and
    • Identify techniques to engage a group of any size based on the goal of their discussion

     

    About the presenters:

     

    Erin Stock is a D.C.-based nonprofit communications professional with a passion for helping groups perform better. As a facilitator, she uses techniques that include and unleash everyone, and designs purpose-driven meetings that enable teams to achieve more together. A Liberating Structures (LS) practitioner, Erin has been using the methodology in her work since 2012, when she studied at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. She has designed and facilitated meetings for various groups, including teams at The World Bank, USAID, and YNPNDC. In addition to her Master of Public Service degree, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University.

     

    Mae Cooper is a trainer and facilitator with a focus in collaborative and interactive approaches to learning and meeting design. Using experiential learning practices, Ms. Cooper harnesses the experience, diversity, and knowledge of a group to address strategic challenges. Currently, she manages training, professional development, and team retreats for the George Washington University Division of Development and Alumni Relations. Ms. Cooper holds a Master of Education in Community Development from Vanderbilt University, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Communication from George Washington University, and is certified in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and Strengths Finder.     

         

     

    If registrant pays for an individual MAFN workshop session and contacts info@mafn.org to cancel before the registration deadline, MAFN will either credit the full registration fee towards a future workshop or process a refund, less a processing fee of $10. No refunds after registration deadline has passed.

     

    If registrant pays for a MAFN workshop series and contacts info@mafn.org to cancel before the date of the September workshop, MAFN will process a refund, less a processing fee of $10. No refunds on or after the date of the September workshop.



     
    • 04/27/2018
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9

    Many facilitators have some tools for dealing with disruptors and are always on the lookout for more, to maintain professional competence and reputation. But many lack a framework for identifying gaps in their ability to respond ahead of time and for picking the right tool in the heat of the moment.  This workshop will help the participant to:

    • Learn and understand the Respect participants/Protect the process/Sustain long term engagement (RPS) framework for dealing with disruptors.
    • Apply the RPS framework in the moment during a meeting or process to take in the situation, understand it, and respond appropriately.
    • Learn ways to give yourself more “room to work” in the moment when it becomes necessary to deal with disruptors in your facilitation work.
    • Use the RPS framework to assess the facilitation tools and skills already in your toolkit, especially those you use to deal with disruptions, and identify any significant gaps where additional tools or approaches would be useful.
    • Learn additional disruption handling techniques, drawing on three provided by the workshop leader, and others provided by fellow participants.
    • Identify lower risk opportunities to practice the application of the RPS framework and new skills for dealing with disruptors in upcoming work.

     

    About the Presenter:

     

     

    Christoph Berendes is a senior consultant with Public Engagement Associates. His expertise covers online and social media engagement, IT project management, and communications, based on more than twenty years of work with government agencies and non-profits. He is the publisher and editor of the Facilitation Analytics series, concise e-books providing simple analytical tools for mapping, planning, and facilitating conversations on complex issues. The second book in the series, Dealing with Disruptors, shows readers how to channel the messiness of democracy to energize participation. Dealing with Disruptors is the primary source for the material in this workshop. 

     

    If registrant pays for an individual MAFN workshop session and contacts info@mafn.org to cancel before the registration deadline, MAFN will either credit the full registration fee towards a future workshop or process a refund, less a processing fee of $10. No refunds after registration deadline has passed.

     

    If registrant pays for a MAFN workshop series and contacts info@mafn.org to cancel before the date of the September workshop, MAFN will process a refund, less a processing fee of $10. No refunds on or after the date of the September workshop.



     
    • 05/18/2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9

     

    Looking for strategies to enliven your facilitation style? We will explore how you can engage and energize meeting participants on the journey to achieving key objectives. From ice breakers to wrap up, we will experience techniques you can use in a wide variety of sessions.

    The hands-on, interactive workshop will walk the talk: begin with a series of openers and ice breakers, follow with techniques for reaching different facilitation goals, and conclude with debriefing activities. You will participate in each activity, deconstruct its template, and discover how to use it for reaching your group’s goals in your own context.

    As a result of this workshop, the participants will recall and implement appropriate principles to achieve these facilitation goals:

     

    • Conduct openers, icebreakers, and jolts to kick-off the facilitation session with appropriate focus and format.        
    • Select and conduct facilitated activities for strategic planning, data collection, decision-making, goal setting, generating ideas, evaluation, and sharing best practices.
    • Conclude the facilitated session with suitable debriefing and after-action activities to generate lessons learned and action plans.

    About the Presenter

    Sivasailam “Thiagi” Thiagarajan has worked as an independent facilitator and trainer for the past 40 years. He has facilitated groups from corporations and non-profit organizations in 25 countries around the world. He has also taught core skills to facilitators. As an author of 30 books on different aspects of facilitation and training, Thiagi is currently the Resident Mad Scientist at the Thiagi Group. He has served as the President of the North American Simulation and Gaming Association (NASAGA) on five different occasions. He was also elected as the President of the International Society for Improving Performance (ISPI) on different occasions, 25 years apart (in 1979 and 2006).

     

     

     

     

    If registrant pays for an individual MAFN workshop session and contacts info@mafn.org to cancel before the registration deadline, MAFN will either credit the full registration fee towards a future workshop or process a refund, less a processing fee of $10. No refunds after registration deadline has passed.

     

    If registrant pays for a MAFN workshop series and contacts info@mafn.org to cancel before the date of the September workshop, MAFN will process a refund, less a processing fee of $10. No refunds on or after the date of the September workshop.



     
    • 06/22/2018
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9
    Back by popular demand!  As facilitators, we enter every meeting with a certain level of uncertainty. We can do our research, create an agenda, and equip our toolbox, but we never quite know what is going to happen. Most of the time, we can work our magic and help our participants reach their goals without many problems. Sometimes though, we hit a wall. For whatever reason – participant behaviors, unclear direction, changed circumstances – we get off track, loose our cool, or get stuck. In this peer-learning event, we will explore participant’s darkest facilitation moments, assess lessons learned, brainstorm ideas and approaches that could help others navigate similar situations in the future, and figure out how to take care of ourselves in these difficult moments.  Specifically, participants will:
    • Share a challenging or distressing facilitation moment, or share a dilemma they are confronting in a planned meeting.
    • Explore how they handled or are handling the situation – what worked, what you would do differently, what cues you may have missed, etc.
    • Get feedback from fellow facilitators about tools and techniques for how to handle these types of situations in the future.
    • Discuss how you coped with the situation and how, as facilitators, we might deal with stress in the moment.

    Based on the discussions, MAFN will produce a short toolbox documenting key challenges and describing potential tools and techniques for addressing these challenges that emerge from the discussions.

    More experienced facilitators will have the opportunity to share their experiences and gather insights and input from colleagues. Less experienced facilitators have an unprecedented opportunity to learn and grow from other’s challenges.

    Workshop Leads

     

    Although this session will be participant driven, Patrick Tallarico, Bill Yoder, and Laura Holbrook will provide context and move the group through the workshop exercises.

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    If registrant pays for an individual MAFN workshop session and contacts info@mafn.org to cancel before the registration deadline, MAFN will either credit the full registration fee towards a future workshop or process a refund, less a processing fee of $10. No refunds after registration deadline has passed.

     

    If registrant pays for a MAFN workshop series and contacts info@mafn.org to cancel before the date of the September workshop, MAFN will process a refund, less a processing fee of $10. No refunds on or after the date of the September workshop.



     

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