Facilitation is a challenging and inexact discipline. So much of "good" facilitation involves listening to participants and steering the agenda and individual sessions to meet their needs.
One of Aspiration's goals in maintaining this wiki is to sustain dialog about how to grow facilitation capacity for the technolgy gatherings focused on non-profit/non-governmental organizational issues.
There are several primary dimensions to consider in making facilitation plans for an event:
- Facilitating and pacing the overall Event is essential to sustaining participant engagement and energy levels.
- Facilitation of individual Sessions is a broad topic, but a common thread is an emphasis on keeping the dialog accessible to all and driving towards the outcomes participants in each session have called out.
- Facilitator Guidelines are useful for propagating best practices.
- All facilitation is learning exercise in itself, and Evaluation is an essential component of any sustainable facilitation model.