MEETING FACILITATION / GROUP PROCESS
Groups need to discover collective meaning, explore their ideas and form plans to implement strategies.
Using interactive and small group activities, as well as visual components, I facilitate groups to generate better ideas and build more understanding.
In Fall, 2019 I facilitated a series of three community conversations for the
St. Johns neighborhood about a houseless people village project moving into the neighborhood. My focus was building empathy across differences and arriving at collaborative solutions together.
Working with the same group over time builds a special level of integration between the facilitator and group.
I currently facilitate the monthly board meetings for People’s Food Co-op.
INDIVIDUAL / ORGANIZATIONAL CONSULTING
Time is precious when a group gets together to reflect and move forward on their journey. I have a multi-faceted “bag of tricks” for activities and approaches to a range of organizational needs. And I am committed to the pre-work it takes to plan a successful meeting.
A few months after a 3-day organizational retreat, this community member proudly showed me a useful meeting technology that the group adopted during our time together.
Supporting Visionary Leaders
Starting a project takes serious commitment to navigate the logistical, visionary, interpersonal and structural components of an idea. As a co-founder and leader of a number of non-profits and collective projects, I have experience and compassion for the many nuances and hard work it takes!
Throughout 2019 I worked with 4 visionary founders/leaders who just needed someone to talk to — whether it was mapping interpersonal dynamics of a longstanding group or working out how to build a new board and strategic vision, I adapt to each person’s style and needs. (Like sitting on a rooftop, pictured here!)
Simple, colorful maps tend to shift overwhelming feelings, complex relationships and nuanced ideas into something more approachable. I often take what I hear from a group and bring it back in a new visual format.
The top photo is the map of the “Layers and Players” involved in the St. Johns houseless person village project.
After listening to a conversation among white folks in arts organizations working to understand racism (and undoing it!), I drew this diagram to help organize their thoughts and next steps.
Engaging with simple drawings and colors has a magical ability to release anxiety from conversations: when people draw they tend to think/feel differently and transform emotional reactions into connective conversations. I integrate these tools into meetings.
For a set of community conversations about houselessness I created “Concern Maps” for people to explore their concerns more deeply by identifying causes and effects, underlying needs, different points of view and feelings. Insights (in this case solutions to address concerns) emerge naturally as people step one bubble at a time through a “systems thinking” process.
In this world of fancy computer graphics, sometimes it’s refreshing to work with handmade drawings.
I worked with a doctor to communicate a brand new model of her medical clinic through this fun “zine.”
TRAININGS and WORKSHOPS
We learn when we reflect! Examining our personal or organizational life stories, impactful moments, and hard questions does wonders for opening new insights and next steps.
I lead workshops on Reflective Practice, using visual thinking activities, peer learning, storytelling and creative interactions to help us mirror and witness ourselves and each other and draw out our best selves.
In 2019 I led two sets of workshops on Life Story Mapping, Skill Mapping and Vision Mapping. I created a step-by-step process for people to organize and visualize their ideas. It was fun!
Group Process Trainings
There’s nothing like a good meeting or functional organizational system! 🙂 I teach a range of group process techniques including:
*Meeting facilitation/design 101
Kids can be fantastic organizational participants! I’m happy to have kiddos at meetings, either doing their own project or helping with ours.