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The Facilitation Starter


 

Our mission is to help you design and facilitate great meetings and workshops through bitesize (and DIY) facilitation consulting and learning.

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The Facilitation Starter


 

Our mission is to help you design and facilitate great meetings and workshops through bitesize (and DIY) facilitation consulting and learning.

does this sound like you?


 

 

does this sound like you?


 

 

  • You need to influence and achieve impact through collaboration within your organisation but perhaps have no formal authority

  • You are a designer, a consultant, a change maker, an innovator or an intrapreneur.  Or maybe you're in a technical role but find yourself having to run workshops with diverse stakeholders.

  • You are new to facilitation and looking for a way to quickly get going on your facilitation learning journey.  Or maybe you have some facilitation experience but would like to sharpen your facilitation kung-fu.

  • You typically get in an external facilitator to design and facilitate your workshops, but you don't develop your organisation's capability to do this for itself.

  • You don't have a lot of time or budget to devote to training and prefer bitesize and DIY ways to learn facilitation, or to get help with your facilitation.

We have had designers, product managers, business analysts, agile professionals, graphic scribes, business coaches, trainers, consultants, project managers and many others learn with us. 

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what we offer


what we offer


our tiered offerings are bitesized to offer you the flexibility to learn, and get facilitation support, where and when you want

You have targeted facilitation learning needs, and/or need targeted support in designing and preparing your workshop

 

You need targeted practical support and/or coaching during your workshop with development feedback afterwards 

 

You just need someone to design and facilitate your workshop for you

 

You'd like to learn facilitation at your own pace and your own place

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About Us


About Us


John Hibble

I am passionate about designing and facilitating collaboration and sharing my knowledge and experiences in how to do this - I am definitely a facilitation apprentice myself! 

I am an engineer by training, and this is reflected in my approach which is both highly systematic and adaptive.

I began as a facilitator in ANZ Bank’s internal collaboration facilitation practice where I designed and facilitated workshops of various size and complexity. I learned the cornerstone of my approach at ANZ: the ‘MG Taylor’ method.

After 12 years at ANZ, I joined public sector innovation and collaboration consultancy, Collabforge as a collaboration designer and facilitator. In addition to developing the facilitation practice within Collabforge, I worked with many public sector clients at all levels of government across diverse topics and contexts.

In addition to my work at Collabforge:

●  I recently lead the Learning practice and co-authored a 300 page practitioner’s field guide on design and facilitation, ‘Collaboration by Design’, with collaboration and transformation consultancy, ‘wheretofromhere?’. In this role I co-designed and delivered a new design and facilitation ‘masterclass’ offering.

●  I'm currently a practitioner and educator with visualisation consultancy, Visual Friends. In just 2-days, we are able to teach anyone to draw using the highly systematic and accessible ‘Bikablo’ visualisation method. Listen to my podcast episode here!

 

Julian waters-lynch

I'm fascinated by both the changing experiences and enduring qualities of work and organisational life. I spent my early working years as a jazz musician, playing piano in lots of improvised contexts. Improvisation, or learning to ‘play’ with others under conditions of uncertainty, turned out to be a great apprenticeship to group facilitation work. The philosophy of jazz was really my starter culture and is still the cornerstone of my approach. 

I believe as facilitators we should harness all our work and life experiences in service of our craft. The uniqueness of these combinations is what gives a distinct flavour to our work. Over the past fifteen years I have found myself getting paid to play piano, translate Spanish, teach classes in primary, secondary and tertiary education institutions, mentor social entrepreneurs, run a startup accelerator, make coffee, design leadership programs, and deliver keynotes on the work futures (not in that order). However the majority of my work since returning to live in Australia in 2012 has involved scoping, designing and facilitating workshops - but I still consider myself a lifelong learner! 

I’ve also been working on a PhD for the past four years about coworking, and have written about the changing culture of work and learning for freelancers and entrepreneurs. I’m really curious about the gap many of us hold between our current experiences of work, and what we most desire for the future. I believe building our collaboration and facilitation skills are a great way to help each of us close this gap.

Why Facilitation 'Starter'?


Why Facilitation 'Starter'?


We want to share our fundamental facilitation 'starter culture' with you, with the hope that you can take this and through practice, evolve it the way that works best for you.       

In the culinary practice of fermentation, 'starter cultures' are sometimes used to inoculate a food with beneficial microbes to ensure that, under the right conditions, they have the best chance of multiplying and thriving within the fermentation. The culture evolves through generations but retains inherited traits from previous generations.

'So what' you say? Well...this was the inspiration for this idea. What we've learnt is that facilitation is an apprenticeship. We start with a source of inspiration, typically from watching and learning from a 'master', and through time we are constantly evolving our skills. But if you're anything like us you still retain the core of what you learnt in that very first 'generation'.