Welcome to the IAF Chicago Chapter!
The purpose of the IAF Chicago Chapter is to foster the growth of the field of facilitation and all related practitioners, processes, technology, and research, by providing a mechanism for networking, exchanging, and sharing best facilitation practices.
The purposes of the IAF Chicago Chapter is to support and further, to the best of IAF Chicago's ability, the purposes of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF), to include:
- Giving credibility to and furthering the work of the field of professional group facilitation.
- Providing a network to foster interchange between practitioners of facilitation.
- Developing appropriate opportunities, methodologies, models, tools and modes that support the practice of exemplary participatory facilitation.
- Promoting international support and interchange among practitioners of facilitation.
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IAF Chicago Chapter CONVERSATIONS:
Every other month the IAF Chicago Chapter holds conversations discussing a variety of subjects related to facilitation. Each conversation is hosted live at multiple locations in the Chicago area.
7th CHAPTER CONVERSATION
Topic: Using Indirect Questioning Methods to Facilitate Difficult Discussions
Facilitated by: David DeWitt
Please join the IAF Chicago Chapter as David DeWitt presents Using Indirect Questioning Methods to Facilitate
When conducting group interviews or facilitated workshops it is helpful to be able to crosscheck the information
provided for accuracy, completeness, and value to the team’s goals. It is also helpful to take steps to avoid eliciting
“cookie cutter” or “party line” responses.
But, crosschecking statements made during a group discussion has a drawback: Asking direct questions about the
accuracy of their remarks can be threatening or confusing, even to willing participants. Just asking someone to
elaborate their ideas further can put them on the spot, make them defensive, and cause resistance to the overall
process of the group discussion.
Moreover, as facilitators we often need to push our participants beyond the “party line” or academic answers.
This can be difficult due to the usual participant fear of providing the wrong answer or not believing that their own
observations or suggestions can matter.
In this interactive discussion participants will explore the use of indirect questioning and discussion techniques.
Explore the Pros and Cons of using direct versus indirect techniques for facilitating group work.
Review the use of some indirect group process techniques.
Learn a few basic ways to transform direct questions into indirect questions to remove the threat of the direct
Practice use of a brainwriting technique to develop a problem statement indirectly based on group input during a
workshop of focus group.
6th CHAPTER CONVERSATION
Topic: "Participative Action Research" & "Appreciative Inquiry"
Facilitated by: Dan Heck
Please join the IAF Chicago Chapter as Dan Heck presents an overview, as an experienced facilitator but a novice
user, of PAR and AI (see below). Some of you attending may be well versed in these disciplines and some may not
be. Everyone come, participate, and expect to grow! All are welcome!
“Participative Action Research” [PAR] is an approach to inquiry that involves the very community or group
that will benefit by acting on the insights obtained.
“Appreciative Inquiry” [AI] compliments PAR as an exploratory approach that establishes a positive context
while searching for subjective and objective data from which to draw learning and act to improve the
It is NOT simple, it is not prescriptive and outcomes do NOT satisfy traditional scientific expectations! But both
disciplines require the researcher to engage with people and that demands effective facilitation.
The "Thinkubator Innovation Center" at 312 N. May Street, Suite 6D, Chicago, IL 60607. The Thinkubator is a 15 to
20 minute walk or a $7 Cab ride from the Ogilvie Transportation Center (Metra), Union Station (Metra, Amtrak) or
the CTA Green Line Station at Clinton & Lake.
The facility is located between Kinzie Street and Fulton Street, about 7 blocks West of the Kennedy Expressway and
East of Ogden Avenue. Street parking is available – No Meters – The earlier you arrive the better. Be sure to check
for street cleaning postings.
Valet Parking Service is available in the area.
COLLECTIVE STORY HARVEST OF CHICAGO DIALOG & DELIBERATION PROJECTS
Illinois Art of Hosting and the International Association of Facilitators, Chicago Chapter warmly invite you to a convivial evening of storytelling, group sharing, and collective learning. You will experience a powerful tool for learning from stories. Together we will identify what helps dialogue and deliberation projects in Chicago to succeed. Come. Have fun. Learn. Be inspired!
Collective Story Harvest is a method developed by Art of Hosting practitioners that combines individual storytelling and small group process to collectively identify insights and learning.
Dialogue & Deliberation includes various small group conversational processes that allow people to share their perspective and experiences with one another, as well as examine options and trade-offs to make better decisions. For more information about D&D in Chicago see: http://www.uic.edu/cuppa/ipce/interior/D&D.html
Illinois Art of Hosting is part of a global community of change-makers dedicated to harnessing the collective wisdom and self-organizing capacities of groups.
International Association of Facilitators (IAF), Chicago Chapter fosters the growth of the field of facilitation and all related practitioners, processes, technology, and research, by providing a mechanism for networking, exchanging, and sharing best facilitation practices.
Chicago Dialogue & Deliberation Community of Practice sponsors regular networking and learning events and hosts a listserv.
5th CHAPTER CONVERSATION
Topic: Introduction to FoCuSeDTM Presence
Facilitated by: Sean Rush
Introduction to FoCuSeDTM Presence
Learn how stage presence and enhanced presentation skills can make you a better Facilitator. Practice techniques to help feel more confident in front of a group and enhance your facilitation.
Sean Rush will introduce FoCuSeDTM Presence - this should be exciting as he is applying his experience on stage to help Facilitators feel more comfortable in front of a group of people.
Sean Rush - Facilitator/Trainer
Sean has a Bachelor's of Music in Piano Performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts/Roosevelt University. He has performed at various concerts, including his debut at Teatro Tapia in San Juan, Puerto Rico. As a performer, Sean brings his stage presence skills to present "Introduction to FoCuSeDTM Presence".
IAF Chicago Chapter Conversation - FoCuSeDTM Presence
4th CHAPTER CONVERSATION
Topic: The Share and New Dialogue Concept
Facilitated by: Matt Sweeney
The PCP Method for Dialogue Across Ideological differences
The Public Conversations Project (PCP) method is used to bring together people of very opposing values and allow
them to communicate and understand where each person is coming from in order to create human relationships
and understandings. The PCP method, which has its roots in family systems therapy, was first used in a series of
now famous dialogues between anti-abortion and pro-choice activists in Boston. For a brief description, see this
article from Participedia.
Matt Sweeney, who used this approach in the recent “Beyond Polarization Dialogues” for Milwaukee’s Frank
Zeidler Center for Public Discussion, will briefly explain the PCP method and then demonstrate its use with an
actual dialogue on the controversial topic of immigration.
If you are an experienced facilitator and would like to be part of the volunteer facilitation team for this event,
please let Gary Rush know before February 14. You will receive briefing materials and guidance in how to facilitate
a PCP dialogue.
Matt Sweeney is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Matt has worked in community
education and civic engagement throughout the Americas, with organizations such as Citizen Schools, SER,
UNESCO, Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, the Frank Zeidler Center for Public
Discussion, and Citizen Bridges International. Awarded a 2009-2011 Rotary World Peace Fellowship, he recently
earned a Master of Arts in International Relations at La Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Matt
lives in Chicago, where his work supports public dialogue and decision-making processes, and citizens' diplomacy.
IAF Chicago Chapter Conversation - PCP Method
3rd CHAPTER CONVERSATION
Topic: Group Interaction Workshop
Facilitated by: Paul Collins (LinkedIn Profile)
Paul Collins (Jordan-Webb) conducted a Group Interaction Workshop that is critical for surfacing key assumptions and behaviors that exist within individuals, within groups and within all levels of organizations. Used early in a session (or retreat), this activity demonstrated how such assumptions and behaviors affect our abilities to identify and move towards a win-win outcome. The exercise required participants to work in sub-groups towards achieving a well-defined goal.
Participants benefited from this exercise as its scope covered a wide variety of functional and developmental areas including (but not limited to) decision-making, collaboration, leadership, strategy, performance, ethics, communication and cultural awareness. A facilitated debriefing on observations and lessons learned followed the exercise. Participants received an information packet with instructions on how to conduct the exercise and a discussion guide for how to conduct the debriefing.
A COMPLETE SUCCESS!!
Meeting Notes and Video will be available shortly
Group Facilitation Symposium, Fall 2012
Jointly Sponsored by the DePaul University Continuing and Professional Education and
International Association of Facilitators, IAF – Chicago Chapter
“Critical Fundamentals Serving a Connected Workforce”
Management guru, Peter Drucker said it best of our working environment: "In the industrial age, the worker served the organization. In the knowledge era, the organization serves the worker." Our facilitators' community has a major challenge ahead to establish the importance, value and contribution that the skills of facilitation practitioners bring to our highly connected world. Drucker would probably affirm any practice dedicated to listening to individuals AND orchestrating those talents into high performing synergy. That is what we do! This one day symposium will contribute in a small way to improving your skills, expanding your vision of what our critical mission is and exposing you to a radical form of group collaboration.
Jim Troxel, M.A.
Gary Rush, CPF
Friday, November 9, 2012 DePaul University Richard M. and Maggie C. Daley Building 14 East Jackson, Room 806 8:30am to 6:00pm Registration Fee: $60 (0.8 CEU’s)
2nd CHAPTER CONVERSATION
Topic: Collaboration - what is it, how is it measured, and how do you know it happens?
Our second chapter conversation was be facilitated by Gary Rush, IAF CPF and graphically recorded by Brandy Agerbeck. The meeting was geared towards professional development. The remaining minutes were be spent finalizing our plans for the November 9th Facilitator Symposium with DePaul.
1st CHAPTER CONVERSATION A SUCCESS!
August 24, 2012 Dan Heck presented on our first successful Chapter
Conversation hosted by the Institute of Cultural Affairs in Chicago.
Click below for a summary of what happened!
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