I am frequently asked what it takes to be an effective facilitator. It can look really easy if it’s done well. But, attempt it yourself and you may wonder why it looks so easy, but isn’t! Effective facilitation is the sum total of knowledge, skills, planning and a little luck!
by Sophie Clarke. Facilitation describes the process of taking a group through learning or change in a way that encourages all members of the group to participate. This approach assumes that each person has something unique and valuable to share. Without each person’s contribution and knowledge, the group’s ability to understand or respond to a situation may be reduced.
An incisive account of the global food crisis—and how it can be solved. Nourishing the Planet “ State of the World 2011 objectively states the hunger, water and environmental problems facing Africa and the rest of the world, and illuminates a multitude of encouraging answers that are already saving lives and livelihoods. It is an eloquent, painstakingly researched sound of warning and expression of hope.” --Rick Docksai, The Futurist , May-June 2011 The 2011 edition of our flagship report is a compelling look at the global food crisis, with particular emphasis on global innovations that can help solve a worldwide problem.
Appreciative Inquiry (sometimes shortened to "AI") is primarily an organizational development method which focuses on increasing what an organization does well rather than on eliminating what it does badly. Through an inquiry which appreciates the positive and engages all levels of an organization (and often its customers and suppliers) it seeks to renew, develop and build on this. Its proponents view it as being applicable to organizations facing rapid change or growth. [ 1 ] Stowell and West (1991) have been credited with the development of the "Appreciative Inquiry Method" (AIM). The Appreciative Inquiry method was proposed in the 1990s and arose out of the lessons learnt from research undertaken into the methods of knowledge elicitation (West,1991).