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Writing Prose from Consensus Workshop Results

Often cards in a column on a wall are not polished enough documentation to finish the result the group needs. It is easy and fun for a group to write prose statements from the cards, perhaps a sentence for each column. Provide a template for the prose.  Usually it includes a line for the name

Keys to Documenting Results

The first key to accurate documentation of what the group has said is to make sure participants’ words on the important insights and decisions are written and held visible during the session, whether on cards or flipcharts or some other means.  This does not mean capturing every word that is said in a long discussion,

Applying Appropriate Methods

Applying appropriate methods to ensure task completion and results is complex, including thorough planning of methods and executing those plans with the group. The first step is to deeply understand what results the client and the group need. The second is to create the rational aim for the session: to articulate in clear and simple

The Joy of Co-Facilitation Teamwork

At the IAF Conference in Ottawa in 2018, I had the opportunity to co-facilitate a session with two indigenous colleagues.  The topic of the session was reconciliation between settlers and indigenous people, and we needed a cross-cultural team to facilitate the event. The three of us arrived early and all pitched in to set up

ORID as an Underlying Structure for Effective Meeting Design

We teach ORID as the structure of a Focused Conversation.  However, it is much more than that.  Since it reflects the natural steps in how human beings process information, it is also useful as an underlying “meta” structural design for a facilitated event. Any appropriate facilitation tools can be used at any of the four

Orchestrating Successful Events

Have you ever had an experience of an event that seemed like a complete experience – maybe it started with some confusion, then the context became clear, the group came together, experienced or wrestled through some intense sections, then finally moved to a satisfying conclusion? A symphony, a play and even novels and great presentations

Getting to Root Issues and Insights

Getting to Root Issues and Insights Occasionally it is enough to simply get a group to come up with a simple outcome from a meeting.  But most often a group will fare better if the facilitated process allows them to think deeply about the topic they are wrestling with. Getting to the Root Issues A

Revealing Depth and Substance through ToP Methodology

Revealing Depth and Substance through ToP Methodology   One of the hallmarks of ICA’s Technology of Participation is that its use not only gets practical results, but evokes thoughtfulness, revealing the substantial insights that a group is capable of exploring and building upon.  The key to creating group insight is the application of the methodology

Expanded Descriptions of the ToP Focused Conversation Method

Brief description The ToP focused conversation method helps people reflect together on any subject. It has been used in a wide variety of situations, ranging all the way from finding the core idea for a marketing strategy to discussing the meaning and personal implications of a movie, a painting or a novel. A series process