News and updates
As a result of war and instability, migration to Sweden has increased immensely over the last few years. Many different parts of our society are working on how to best welcome and integrate new arrivals and so is the Swedish Chapter of IAF.
This year, the IAF’s annual online annual general assembly (AGM) will take place on Oct 24-27 2016. The interaction over the past two years’ editions have been stimulating and members who participated remarked that the calls were a good way for them:
to experience the ‘International’ aspect of membership; and
to participate in the future of the association with their input.
Many years ago, when I first started my consulting practice, I had Henry Ford’s quote on my website.
“Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
It served then to remind me of my role as a process facilitator to help people build effectiveness towards the results they want to see.
We are pleased to present the following Call for Proposals for professional development workshops to be held during the “IAF North America & Caribbean Conference,” May 8-11, 2017, at the Hilton West Palm Beach Hotel, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA.
As an avid cyclist, one recent sporting event gripped my attention these last couple of weeks: the 2016 Tour de France. The winning team, Team Sky, has won four of the last five tours. Interesting for me is not just the money (which is substantial) and the science that the team uses (which is significant and covers everything from athlete diet to performance measures). More than that, I’m fascinated by the team philosophy around the idea of ‘Marginal Gains’.
We are pleased to announce that Trevor Durnford, current Regional Director, EMENA, has been elected to be Vice-Chair, 2017 by the Board members at the July 2016 Board Meeting.
The election for the other Director positions will take place online from Oct 17-23, 2016 during International Facilitation Week.
Nominations are now open for the following positions:
Director of Memberships and Chapters;
Director of Professional Development;
Regional Director for Africa;
Update (6 December): We're still open for a few more volunteers, and we're now getting ready to start the content quality review. Can you spare a few hours to review facilitation methods in mid-December-February? Get in touch!
An opinion piece by IAF Chair Noel EK Tan
Purpose: To help a group achieve consensus WITHOUT having to water down a strongly supported solution
Usual or Expected Outcomes: It moves the emphasis on those who disagree to convince the majority. (Traditional consensus commonly works the other way!)
Five-finger consensus is designed to encourage significant agreement without jeopardizing the quality of the solution. Here's how it works.