Alchemy of Group Facilitation
Nov 20-22, 2017
by Behn, Alchemy of Group Facilitation alumnus
I attended a three-day condensed version of the workshop described below with Julian Griggs as instructor. He’s an educator, facilitator and all-around interesting and talented guy – and I highly recommend this course to MPA, MADR and law students and staff who want to focus on working in effective groups.
In particular, many of the skills and techniques Julian speaks and works on with participants complement the skills MADR students are exposed to in Gord Sloan’s mediation workshop and Jamie Chicanot’s negotiations course.
For a student (such as myself) looking to start a career in advocacy, governance and public life, Julian’s class has proved a terrific asset to work with groups in conflict in the workplace, and has helped me through tough conversations with stakeholders.
Not to mention, this upcoming event is at Hollyhock on Cortes… the three-day workshop is also coming up in November 2014 in downtown Vancouver. There may be a scholarship available through Hollyhock that students can apply for online. Continue reading Art & Craft of Effective Group Facilitation
Have you ever been a part of a group when everything seemed to click? When everything just came together and you achieved positive outcomes that you hardly believed possible? It’s a pretty rare and special gem isn’t it? For most of us, we have had only a mere handful of these experiences, seemingly as a fluke, but we yearn to recreate similar situations. With good intentions we try to have all our group and team experiences achieve such success, but the process and outcomes often fall short of what seemed possible at the outset. Reluctantly, we have come to understand that there are a great many hurdles in group work, many of which we face blindly. For many of us, it seems, if we want to realize the full potential of a group, there must be an “Art & Craft” to it.
Julian Griggs’ program, “The Art & Craft of Effective Group Facilitation”, will provide you with the tools and techniques to bring people together across lines of differences, and help them collaborate to achieve the outcomes they care about. Most of us are promoted into the role of facilitators because of strong leadership skills or our breadth of knowledge, but few of us have been trained to support collaboration or to bring the very best out of a team.
Julian has over 25 years of experience of doing just this, with a strong focus on bringing conservationists, First Nations groups, the resource industry, various levels of government and communities together to foster dialogue and to identify solutions that address each group’s needs. He has worked behind the scenes supporting groups working in coalition to protect the Great Bear Rainforest, served as the facilitator for the the Muskwa Kechika Advisory Board, has assisted in the formation and work of the North Nations Alliance, and is currently involved in brokering dialogue related to energy and climate, to name just a few of his projects. The 5-day program he teaches offers a unique small group training environment, allowing for individual coaching targeting each student’s learning needs, with lots of opportunities for hands on exercises, case studies and role plays. Julian is internationally accredited as a Certified Professional Facilitator, and his program will provide you with the practical tools and knowledge to help your own group or collaborative process deliver on its promise. dovetailconsulting.com
Join Julian for his program, The Art & Craft of Effective Group Facilitation, at Hollyhock on Cortes, May 29 – June 2, 2013