Europe & Middle East: Past Events

Our Past "Facilitation Insights" Sessions: 




The Facilitator Has Left the Building: What now?

Thanks to Annekatrin Madlung & Paul Kelly from the IAF England and Wales chapter for this inspiring session.







Descubre el secreto de Danone para potenciar la colaboración, la creatividad y el crecimiento interno.

Facilitadores: Aitor Guisasola, Tatiana Rocha & Maialen Oregi






In this session we explored "Drama Therapy Inspired Facilitation" and how role-play and objects activate curiosity.








In this session we found answers to the following questions:
- What is the added value of working with the power of story in group facilitation?

- How do we help groups to see and understand the different narratives at play?

- How can we support groups in constructing, naming, transforming the stories that serve the true purpose of the group and cater to the potential of the situation








We explored the topic "Facilitating in a Hostile Environment". We seeked answers to how we can change our attitudes towards dealing with conflict with Maire McGrath & Siobhàn Kearney.

Guest Speaker: Kimberly Bain






Mapping the flow of wellbeing in organisations, the opportunities for facilitation to influence the flow of wellbeing, the responsibilities of facilitators for wellbeing - both directly and indirectly and how we might better effect those responsibilities.







How do you spark deeper insights with your groups -- online or face-to-face? The Breakthrough Arc is an 8-step framework for designing group experiences that create the conditions for groups to go deeper, challenge limiting beliefs, and spark insights. The framework draws from neuroscience, psychology, and group dynamics, to create psychological safety, trust, and connection. It has been road-tested with more than 1300 online professionals.

Gwyn shared with us the framework and the research that supports it, with real-life examples, and actionable advice.







The first session of 2023 was hosted by the IAF Italy chapter. Thank you Nicola and Federico for this great session.  









Steve Yorkstone and Svein Are work together to develop a model to support facilitation. Working as peer mentors, they share their experiences on facilitation every week through a YouTube vlog. In our June session we heard their story, understood their model, and heard what they’ve learnt through the process. Thanks Steve & Svein Are!






In our May session, Rengin Akkemik from IAF Turkey shared with us about the 5 Languages of Appreciation for Facilitators. Thank you Rengin!








In the April 2022 edition of the Insights, members of IAF Ireland presented us their u.lab 2x journey to date and invited stakeholder participants from Ireland (and beyond) to join this  trip. The session was hosted by IAF Ireland chapter lead, David Bishop.







Living life creatively can bring happiness, joy and excitement to our lives. It can take us out of ourselves and orient us towards the social world in positive ways, especially if we can allow ourselves to become more open and curious. We thank Martina Carroll for this session on her life as a facilitator.








On the 3rd of February, 2022, we had John Varney, who expanded on his book, “Leadership as meaning-Making – Take the Hero’s Journey to Transformation”. Based on his experience over 40 years, when he founded and ran the Centre for Management Creativity and its residential centre at High Trenhouse, he asked, “Is the developmental dimension of facilitation critical to the future of humanity?” 







Looking back & moving forward!

In 2021's final session in the Facilitation Insights, we were joined by our outgoing EME Regional Director Celeste Brito and her successor Tamara Zivadinovic.








In our November session, we were joined by Amanda Kennedy to talk about the virtual CPF process.

We discussed together what made Amanda decide to do the CPF? How she found the process and what her impressions were! Thanks Amanda!







In our October session, we were joined by Adam Kahane, about his just-published book "Facilitating Breakthrough: How to Remove Obstacles, Bridge Differences, and Move Forward Together”.

This was a “Book Club” conversation, not a presentation! :)








In this session with Gwen Stirling Wilkie we took stock of what's happening for us as facilitators, stepped back and shared recent experiences of what this thing called 'hybrid' actually means.

Thanks Gwen!







We discovered in our August session with Anastasia Popova our D.O.P.E. profiles in order to achieve success.

* The D.O.P.E. test can be accessed here!







In this session of the EME Facilitation Insights we have shared with the contributors to the new book "The Power of Facilitation" something of their experience. Thanks Barbara, Michael, Martin, Malin & Trevor!  #FacPower 








In this "Facilitated Writing" session with Richard Dyter, we discovered ways that make it easier for people to get things written – including pre-work for meetings! 










In this special edition of the Facilitation Insights; we focused on     the "World Café" method and explored it further together with   Barbara Pedersen (CPF).               









 In this session with Sam Bradd, we explored further how to   successfully market our facilitation services. During the   session, we discussed how marketing can be a way to share our   facilitation perspective and true voice!








 In our April Facilitation Insights session we explored further the   topic of "Helping Scientists Begin Participatory Group Process"   together with Alicia Lanier! 









 This hands-on conversation from skill to application with Miriam   O Donoghue and Megan Evans took place in March! We   explored together the steps involved in creating a Mind Map   based on the approach developed by the late Tony Buzan.








 Our February session was about the "Indabas", a traditional       meeting process, that have been powering UN climate   negotiations since 2011. Salwa Dallalah, who led the UN Climate   Secretariat's organising team for the Paris and many global   climate conferences, spoke with Martin Farrell. 








Our first guests of the IAF EME Facilitation Insights session were Mika Aaltonen and Paolo Martinez. Together with them we have discussed and explored their study on "The Future of Facilitation". The session took place on the 7th of January at 18:00 CET. The recorded video can be viewed here.


EME - Methods Library|Members-only



 Thanks for joining us for the Europe and Middle East session of the IAF Methods   Library session in May 2021!










Balkan Facilitation Festival


 The first Balkan Facilitation Festival was a joint effort of IAF CEE     Chapter, IAF Europe and Middle East and Serbian Association of   Facilitators. The theme of the festival was "Facilitation for Social   Change" in order to promote the power of facilitation in the CEE region,   the Balkans and worldwide!

 Thanks for having joined us in our sessions which   were directed to the general public, students, businesses,   teachers, trainers and civil society organizations! 

IAF EME Facilitation Talks

The 8 online episodes of the IAF Europe & Middle East Facilitation Talks have been realized during May and June, 2020. Many stories, approaches and methodologies have been shared while experimenting the virtual context and learning from the experience. Nurturing the facilitation community was our driver to promoting the power of facilitation worldwide.

The Facilitation Talks presenters and the topics were:
- Bogdan Grigore: MORE FUN Online - Activities to Engage     Participants!
 - John Green: Planning the Unplannable

- Farah Ismail: Design Facilitation to Elements 5Key

- Rengin Akkemik: Agile Online Facilitator

- Kala Diwanji & Shyam Iyer: “Riding on the Helicopter” –   Diagnostic Tool for Client Engagement

- Jessica Breitenfeld: Facilitation Summer Festival: Adaptability   IQ: Get Buy-in in 3 Steps

- Martin Farrell: Theory U Has Got Legs!

- Pamela Lupton-Bowers: Responding to Clients' Changing   Context and Needs

 We thank all our presenters and participants for sharing this   great experience with us!







Online Summer Facilitation Festival

The Online Summer Facilitation Festival was a joint effort of IAF Turkey, IAF Middle East and IAF Central & Eastern European Countries. This Festival which was open to IAF members and non-members offered a wide range of virtual sessions regarding facilitation. The sessions mainly focused on various aspects of facilitation, and some especially on the effects of Covid-19.

IAF EME Facilitation Lounge

In the IAF EME Facilitation Lounge we have shared stories, approaches and methodologies while experimenting the virtual context and learning from the experience. Nurturing the facilitation community has always been our driver to promoting the power of facilitation worldwide.
The Facilitation Lounge begun on August 6, 2020 and was held every first Thursday of the month until the last episode on the 3rd of December, 2020!



In this session we explored further with Jeffer London the ‘elevator pitch’, which is the concept of being able to state your entire message in the time it takes to go up a few floors in an elevator. 









In this creative and interactive workshop presented by Tamara Eberle, Shawna    Eberle and Ingrid Liil we created our own brand stories and figured out how to better   communicate our values. This was an opportunity to pause and consider: How can I   offer real value right now? How can I talk about what I do and how I do it in a way that   will resonate for my clients? What is the story I need to tell that will help my   potential customers understand how I can help?







No previous drawing skills were required and we got to learn, play and experiment in this session. We drew together with Rosanna von Sacken, we learnt the basics to get us started to include drawings for our meeings, trainings and workshops. 









The aim of our second episode of the Facilitation Lounge with John Kingsley Cornwell, Monica Atim and Basil Manning was to enable participants to internalise the IAF Core Competences to Honour and Recognise diversity, ensuring inclusivity. It was a participatory and engaging session, drawing heavily on personal experience-sharing.








Facilitation Lounge opened its "virtual" doors on the 6th of August, 2020 with this amazing session with by Rebecca Sutherns (IAF Canada RD).
"A Conversation about Creating Spaces that are Psychologically Safe"
It was a candid discussion about how digital delivery can both guard and threaten the psychological safety of participants, and what facilitators can and can't do about it.



Business Basics Workshops

These are all bite-sized learning experiences -workshops that consist of 9 main topics that are very important for the Business of Facilitation. 

Find out more about our upcoming sessions and register.

The Skills Exchange

Join us for a series of open forums and partner up with another facilitator to prpvide feedback and an additional perspective.

Find out more about our upcoming sessions and register.

Book Club

Join our Book Club with David Bishop that focuses specifically on book related to facilitation. Find out more about our upcoming sessions and register.

Business Basics Workshops
The Skills Exchange
Book Club