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    • 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.



     
    • 02/23/2018
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Bar Deco, 717 6th Street, NW, Washington, DC
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    Come and join the MAFN community for great food and networking immediately after our February workshop. 

    The event is open to all members and friends of MAFN so please feel free to join us, even if you are not able to make the workshop that day.

    Please register in advance, at no cost, so we can have an estimate of how many people to expect. We look forward to seeing you there!

    • 03/09/2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EST)
    • Online using Adobe
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    As facilitators we know the demands of always being ‘on’ in front of a group. We also know that our ability to manage our own energy, while also tuning into the needs of group, allows us to provide the best experience for our participants. 

    With more than 1400 days of in-class and online facilitation experience spanning more than 25 years, Drew Bird, author of The Leader’s Guide to Emotional Intelligence, and an EQ Master Trainer, will share his experience of how emotional intelligence can make you a better facilitator both inside and outside of the room. 

    Using real-world examples as a basis, Drew will explore key areas of facilitation that both new and experienced practitioners alike can apply to their practice right away.

    Presenter:

    Drew Bird, founder of The EQ Development Group, and author of the Leader's Guide To Emotional Intelligence, supports coaches, consultants, and hr/talent management professionals to integrate emotional intelligence practices, tools, and techniques into their daily work.

    In addition to his work speaking and presenting, Drew works directly with select clients from both the private and public sectors to develop effective leadership talent management practices, programs and processes. He also supports leaders from a range of organizations, and at all organizational levels, coaching and mentoring on day-to-day business issues and long-term strategic challenges. His engaging style and depth of subject matter knowledge makes him a sought after speaker, presenter, and facilitator, on a wide range of leadership related topics.

    When not pursuing his passion for organizational and individual improvement, Drew is an avid sailor, cyclist, surfer, and movie hound. His love of travel has taken him all over the world, including Canada, the US, Central America, Australia, Africa, and Europe.

    Drew can be contacted by email: drew@eqdevgroup.com, or by phone at 250 869 9577. You can also connect with Drew on LinkedIn or follow him on TwitterYou can also click here to read Drew's full bio

    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.
    • Contact for issues/questions about:
      • Admin support, info@mafn.org re: registration or membership issues
      • Director of Online Learning Programs, Megan Primeau,mpeducatefacilitate@gmail.com re: future webinar topics, general feedback, or issues connecting to the webinar the day of
      About the MAFN Facilitator Webinar Series:
      • We hope the MAFN Facilitation Webinar series will provide you with:
        • A brief overview of a topic aimed at a broad audience, but that includes some practical take-aways
        • An interactive experience where you'll be contributing and sharing with each other, while learning tips and tricks from our presenters - a true "web-seminar“
        • General knowledge and exposure to emerging ideas and techniques from various fields to help you build on your facilitation skills
        • A collaborative educational workshop that uses technology to help you connect and learn with and from other facilitators from around the world
              • 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
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              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
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              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
              • 43
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              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
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              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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