Wikimedia CEE Meeting 2017/Programme/Submission/Facilitation Skills for Humans

Title of your proposal edit

Facilitation Skills for Humans

Name(s) and/or username(s) edit

Asaf Bartov, Asaf (WMF) (Ijon)
Wikimedia Foundation

Topic edit

  • Conflict resolution + Community health

Type of submission (Please choose one) edit

  • Workshop (work in groups)

Summary edit

Facilitation is a set of practices and a role that concerns itself with assisting (usually goal-oriented) conversations run smoothly and productively. It is distinct from leading or controlling the conversation. Facilitation relies on fairly well-understood principles in human psychology and sociology, and when done well, can transform dysfunctional conversations or situations into healthy and constructive ones. In this workshop, I will present the importance of good facilitation, and teach some basic facilitation techniques. The participants will get to practice the techniques in small groups.

Expected outcomes edit

Participants will gain practical skills in facilitating discussions, based on presented techniques as well as exercises in small groups.

Duration (without Q&A) edit

240 minutes (4 hours)

(It's a lot, yes, but that's what it would take to both teach and practice in groups meaningfully. It worked well in Berlin.)

Specific requirements edit

Ideally, seating in a U-shape or circle, rather than classroom arrangement, to facilitate frequent group discussion.

Slides or further information edit

Slides from a workshop (intended to last four hours) teaching an Introduction to Facilitation of group conversations

Interested attendees (Please add yourself, and you may indicate your questions to the presenter). edit