GNH Community

nonprofits,local leaders & Grt.New Haven business sharing information

Facilitation is a powerful tool to work with groups to reach their goal. It’s largely group-driven, while the facilitator manages the process so the group can focus on content. Think of the facilitator as the oil for the machine — the oil makes it easier for the pieces of the machine to work together, but the oil doesn’t do the machine’s job.

A facilitator can guide a group from brainstorming and idea-gathering to concrete action steps and results. By managing interactions between group members as an impartial party, he/she creates a space for the participants to explore possibilities and reach solutions through collaboration and dialogue. So, quite literally, a facilitator is:

Someone who makes a process easier.

An impartial party that helps a group of people have a productive discussion or conversation about complex and — potentially — controversial issues.

Having an impartial party facilitate your meeting has several advantages:

  • It enables the participants to focus on the issues and take ownership of the dialogue and its resulting actions.
  • It levels the hierarchy of the group because the person usually ‘in charge’ can step down and be part of the creative process and not worry about running the meeting.
  • By keeping an eye on the process, the facilitator can bring the group back on track and keep the meeting from being derailed.
  • Using conflict management skills, the facilitator can help the group address conflicts and problematic issues in a safe space and assist the group in resolving them.
  • The facilitator can find creative ways to help groups get "unstuck," for example by using visual methods like relational maps.
  • Last but not least, the facilitator does not have a stake in the outcome. He/She is impartial about the content, but not about the process.

When would you use a facilitator? Essentially, almost any group can benefit from being facilitated by an impartial party for one or even several sessions. You can use a facilitator to help you gather information and feedback from a group of community members or to discuss and resolve internal conflicts in your agency. Or you can work with a facilitator in team building sessions or story-telling circles, board retreats or staff meetings — facilitation is a very versatile field and we are happy to work with you to tailor and facilitate a session or meeting to your specific needs. In addition to the facilitation our services also include consultation & planning meetings, as well as a debriefing after the event.

We facilitate anything from decision-making and problem solving processes that can last several sessions to community conversations with 100 or more participants.

Groups and agencies we have worked with include: New Haven Health Department, Hill Youth Action Team, New Haven Police Department, Evergreen Family-Oriented Tree Sober Homes, ElmCity Vineyard Church, Havens for the Future, Yale New Haven Hospital, Planned Parenthood, Whalley-Edgewood-Beaver Hill Neighborhood Management Team, The Consultation Center, Teach Our Children, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, and Green Haven Co-Housing.

If you are interested in becoming a facilitator yourself, check out our regular training schedule or contact Brenda Cavanaugh (brenda@cmediation.org or 203.782.3504) to organize a training at your agency.

Views: 22

Comment

You need to be a member of GNH Community to add comments!

Join GNH Community

Now available in multiple languages

Welcome (Bienvenido, Benvenuto, Powitanie, Bonjour! Willkomme,歡迎, ברוךהבא أهلا وسهلا, Bonvenon) to GNH Community

traducción, traduzione, tłumaczenie, traduction, Übersetzung, 翻译, תרגום أهلا ترجمة, traduko

                    

Imagine. Inform. Invest. Inspire.

Working together to build a stronger community - now and forever

 

 

Neighborhoods: What is Working

Open Street Project

An Open Streets Family Reunion: Reflections from the 2018 Open Streets Summit

By Ryan O’Connor, Director of Programs, 8 80 Cities Recently 8 80 Cities wrote a blog post about open streets being a labour of love. That being the case, the 2018 Open Streets Summit in New Orleans felt like a family reunion of sorts. It was rejuvenating to see old and new friends who share our passion for open streets and are working tirelessly to create healthier, happier, and more connected communities across the world. The event, which took place on September 15-16, brought together more than 50 leaders who currently organize open streets programs or are interested in bringing the...

The post An Open Streets Family Reunion: Reflections from the 2018 Open Streets Summit appeared first on Open Streets Project.

Open Streets Summit Draft Agenda

We hope you are getting ready and feel excited about the Open Streets Summit in Gretna/New Orleans! Taking place from September 15-16, 2018, the Summit will feature tours, presentations and networking opportunities with open streets champions and organizers from across the continent. Attendees will learn about the nuts and bolts of starting or scaling up open streets programs, including: Route design and planning Partnerships with business and officials Social inclusion Safety and logistics Marketing and promotion Program evaluation through measurable goals and metrics If you haven’t done it yet, click here to register for the Open Streets Summit only or...

The post Open Streets Summit Draft Agenda appeared first on Open Streets Project.

Open Streets Summit Speakers Announced!

The Open Streets Project is proud to announce that Ed Solis from Viva Calle (San Jose, CA), Romel Pascual from CicLAvia (Los Angeles, CA), Jaymie Santiago and Charles Brown from New Brunswick Ciclovia will join us as speakers for the 2018 Open Streets Summit in New Orleans and Gretna! Taking place from September 15-16 2018, the Summit will feature: Behind the scenes tour of the City of Gretna’s inaugural open streets program. Workshops, presentations, and networking opportunities with open streets champions and organizers from across the continent. Training and inspiration for both -novice and experienced- open streets organizers and supporters...

The post Open Streets Summit Speakers Announced! appeared first on Open Streets Project.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Putting Faith in a Local—and Ingenious—Solution for Affordable Housing

LISC’s New York Land Opportunity Program is helping churches and other mission-driven groups scale the steep learning curve that leads to developing affordable housing on their land. Three years in, the effort is making promising inroads into the city’s affordable housing crisis, and inspiring similar initiatives in communities across the country.

The Good Word on How Faith-based Groups Are Turning Land into Homes

An in depth feature on Curbed.com details how mission-based groups, especially churches, are skilling up to turn their under-used land into affordable housing and other facilities their communities desperately need. And LISC initiatives in San Antonio, New York and the Bay Area are leading the charge. “Churches really feel the impact of the displacement issue in their communities,” says LISC Bay Area’s Laurel Engbretson in the article. “There’s a higher level of energy to get involved in this, because they understand the larger market context.”

We Got Next: Playing Hoops and Transforming Lives

This weekend’s NBA All-Star Game is a reminder of the transformational power of basketball, and the many ways that LISC promotes a game that can spark opportunity and help heal communities all across the country.

© 2020   Created by Lee Cruz.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service