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May 2016
| Issue #3

IAF Conferences 2016

Celebrating the Festival of Facilitation

“The Festival of Facilitation” was the title of the 2016 IAF North America and Caribbean Conference. It was meant to challenge and so it did to much acclaim. Educators, facilitators, managers, team leaders, team members and anybody else who is responsible for facilitating and actively participating in a shared learning experience, gathered  to enrich and challenge themselves to improve the skills in primarily three areas:  

  1. Releasing Creativity:  From tried and widely-accepted to playful, fun and innovative cutting-edge methods, several workshops demonstrated how to help others get their creative juices flowing to inspire exciting outcomes and outputs. 

  2. Generating Positive Energy:  How might we harness our energy and that of participants/group members to enrich the learning experience was at the heart of this theme, sharing ways and methods how to sense and direct individuals and group energies toward what is positive, productive, life-affirming and hopeful. 

  3. Nurturing Group Synergy:  The sessions round this theme led the participants to learn how to inspire and sustain participation, hone interpersonal communication skills and nurture that kind of collaboration that leads to synergy.

Get a glimpse of Jo Nelson, Gillian Chambers and Hector Villarreal Interview for the 2016 IAF North America and Caribbean Conference!

Festival of Facilitation TV Interview for Channel 6


Pushing Boundaries at the IAF Oceania Conference 

The theme is Pushing Boundaries, and there will opportunities to think about how you use facilitation, to obtain insights from others, and to build your network. There are some 30 workshops, including:
•    Applied Improvisation
•    Opportunity framing
•    Facilitation in post-contemporary organisation
•    Do you know your inner strengths and driving motivations?
•    Unravelling change management
•    Good way facilitation – practising cultural inclusiveness
•    Opportunity shaping
•    Facilitating beyond consensus
•    Risk taking and young people
•    Shapeshifting

There will be facilitators from New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Belgium, United States and Spain, and the conference takes place in Melbourne, Australia. 

Pre-conference workshops        Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 May
Conference                                Wednesday 25 to Friday 27 May

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IAF Oceania Conference chief Nick Housego talks about the Melbourne conference from 25-27 May 2016


From mountain to sea: Join us in Taiwan

Thursday, September 1, 2016 to Sunday, September 4, 2016

In a time of rapid change, the wisdom of the original people rings true. Look at the mountains, the valleys and the sea, from each we find different approaches, different beliefs and different gifts. To thrive in these times, we need to support each other to build strong communities and networks to move forward. We meet in Hualien to celebrate our diversity and our unity.


The urge for facilitative leadership in the Netherlands

Thursday, October 6, 2016 to Sunday, October 9, 2016

Listen, can you hear our call? Calling all interested in expanding the field of facilitative leadership. Share (y)our learning at the 2016 EMENA Conference, "The Urge for Facilitative Leadership". October 6th - 9th, Utrecht. The Netherlands. Keywords: Competence, Relatedness and Autonomy. 

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Opportunities for participatory growth in Africa and beyond

Friday, October 21, 2016 to Saturday, October 22, 2016

The IAF Kenya Chapter, in partnership with Chemi Chemi ya Ukweli, will be holding a two-day facilitation conference on 21-22 October 2016. The theme of the conference is  "How will we create opportunities for participatory growth in Africa and beyond?" The conference will take place at Tangaza University College in Nairobi, Kenya. 

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