Flexible, focused facilitation for organisations facing today’s sustainability challenges.
You want to bring a group together to tackle complex problems, envision and embed a new future, and navigate projects large and small so that your organisation can thrive and grow.
We offer professional facilitation that makes sure that you get the right people in the room, ask thoughtful questions, and benefit from tried-and-test tools and processes to help the group break down complex issues into simple, manageable chunks. Our facilitated workshops and meetings allow groups to work together collaboratively and strategically to agree a vision for your organisation, and identify practical, motivating actions and goals to make that vision a reality.
I wanted to send you a personal note to thank you for all your support and efforts in helping us with this moderation. I admire your flexibility and adaptability to whatever curveballs we end up throwing at you, your ability to spontaneously reshuffle and reconceptualise the sessions, and your upbeat attitude and energy! It is always a pleasure to work with you, and the sessions are always extremely engaging and fruitful.
—Special Assistant to Director, Agency within an Intergovernmental Organisation
HOW WE WORK
What to expect
We facilitate groups in virtual settings around the world as well as onsite in select locations in Europe. Regardless of whether you need our help facilitating a workshop for a diverse international team dotted around the world, or for a group all based in the same location, we apply an approach that we have been testing and honing for nearly 20 years.
We design facilitated sessions that are tailored to the needs of your organisation as well as the group. It’s important that we know what themes need to be addressed from a strategic perspective, and it is equally important that that participants buy into the process from the start and feel that their contributions are heard and valued during meetings.
No matter how carefully a meeting or workshop is planned, it is impossible to plan for “the human factor”: you never know what might come up in a conversation, what participants might say, and how the group will respond. That’s why we have developed the ability to listen carefully to understand what the group is really saying, and adapt questions and activities to ensure that the group remains engaged and on track.
As facilitators, we offer a neutral stance that is safe, non-judgmental and in service to the group. Although we design processes and guide conversations within the framework of theme or objectives of the workshop, we rely on the context expertise and wisdom within the group to uncover ideas, identify problems and solutions, and craft strategic directions. This allows for a neat separation between the facilitator (us) and the group, and yields transformational results that participants can “get behind”.
In order to ensure that everyone in the group is heard and their contributions considered, we use a combination of focused conversations and active listening. With this approach, we:
- enable all participants to get their voices into the room, regardless of role or status
- explore whatever arises – whether objective or subjective, fact-based or feeling-based
- identify and manage negativity and objectives
- ensure engagement and buy-in
Continuous input and feedback
We work closely with you before a workshop to ensure that all the right components are in place. During workshops, we provide feedback and suggestions during and after each session, adapting our designs if necessary to meet the needs of the group. After the workshop, we provide a comprehensive report and offer post-session follow-ups to reinforce strategies and check in with progress.
OUR FACILITATION TOOLKIT
The tools and methods we use
We draw on a set of tried-and-tested tools and methods to design engaging workshops that yield rich conversations and results. The tools in our facilitation toolkit include those that work equally well in virtual/online workshops and onsite workshops, and a handful that are better suited to one approach or the other. We’re happy to tell you more about how one or more of these tools can be harnessed to help you create an engaging experience for your group AND get the best results out of your workshop.
(The) Art of Hosting
Creativity & innovation tools
Technology of Participation (ToP)
BENEFITS OF PROFESSIONAL FACILITATION
Our workshops can help your organisation benefit in a number of ways.
Everyone is heard
Good ideas flow freely
Decisions are made
Goals are reached
Support for initiatives
GET IN TOUCH
Think a chat might be worthwhile?
It's always good to talk. That way, we can learn more about your specific needs, and we can give you some ideas about how we might work together.