3 February 2020

Exploring different dimensions of time in facilitation within different cultural contexts with Charlie Trindall | Mon 10 Feb 2020 | 5:30PM

As the saying goes ‘time is something we all have’ but is time something we all understand?

Many of us work in a 9am-5pm job realm and take 1hr lunch breaks and go home and have tea around 7.30pm and ready for bed by 9.30-10.30pm and the next day well, this kind of repeats itself.

Within our busy lives as facilitators, managers and leaders we draw up agenda’s regularly structured around time to run our workshops and meetings.

But what happens if we found ourselves working with a group who may not exactly operate around the same time concept as us?

In this workshop we will explore some concepts around time and look at how different cultural groups understand and use time.

Through this exploration of time we can better understand and use these time concepts to our advantage within our work as facilitators especially working within Aboriginal communities.
About Charlie Trindall
Heaadshot of Charlie Trindall
Charlie is a Gamilaroi man born in North Western NSW and spent most of his adult
life in Anaiwan country on the NSW Northern Tablelands and now based in Sydney.
Charlie has a long interest in the area of facilitation since learning Technology of Participation (ToP) methods with members of the Institute of Cultural Affairs in the late 90’s.

More recently through his interest in energy and healing found hs way to the Zenergy Global facilitation model and enrolled in the Diploma of Facilitation in 2016, completing his diploma in December 2019.

He is a member of the SFN and AFN and has continued to develop and broaden his facilitation training, interest and skills over the years in a diverse ranges of group facilitation areas and currently works as a facilitator and trainer.


Venue: University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Building 10 (cnr Jones & Thomas St), Level 5, Room 5.580
Take the lift to level 5, cross the atrium footbridge, walk straight ahead to room 580 on your right.

Time: From 5:30pm to 7:30pm | No RSVP - Just turn up | Donation $5

Contact: www.facilitatorsnetwork.blogspot.com
Eoin Higgins  eoin.p.higgins@gmail.com : 0407 411 684
Monday March 09th
Facilitating High Performing Teams in the Age of Complexity with Allison Tsao
Monday April 13th
TBC

3 December 2019

Innovation Wildcard Night & End of Year Social | 09 December | 5:30PM

Do you have a new idea to try out with a receptive audience?
Do you have a short process that you want to practice before you do it live with a client?
Have you been considering taking a guest facilitator spot but want to get some experience with the group first?
Do you have a short process that is energizing and fun?

All these and more are what wildcard is for. You can be guest facilitator on the night for between 5 and 20 minutes.
Typically there is time for around 6 short sessions.
Wildcards are for everyone no matter what the experience level. They are unpredictable, engaging and always fun.
Wildcards are a great way to experience a range of ideas and tools from a variety of different experiences.

Wildcard sessions are organized dynamically on the night. Just turn up with your idea.

Everyone else just turn up to learn from the experience and have fun.


Venue: University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Building 10 (cnr Jones & Thomas St), Level 5, Room 5.580
Take the lift to level 5, cross the atrium footbridge, walk straight ahead to room 580 on your right.

Time: From 5:30pm to 7:30pm | No RSVP - Just turn up | Donation $5

Contact: www.facilitatorsnetwork.blogspot.com
Eoin Higgins  eoin.p.higgins@gmail.com : 0407 411 684
Watch this space for our exciting 2020 program...

5 November 2019

How Collaboration will Save the World - Masterclass with Greg Jenkins | 5:30PM | 11 November

In an era where a pint sized 16 year old schoolgirl from Sweden can lead the debate on climate change, anything is possible. Change and action are no longer being driven by our political leaders – it is being driven from our place of work, in communities and from classrooms.

How do we make change happen? It starts with ‘shared understanding’. What would it take to achieve shared understanding and what difference would it make to the world? Shared understanding requires a dynamic collaboration process. If every group achieved a shared understanding at a point in time the possibilities for multi-level change are endless.

In this session we will explore the art, practice and outcomes of dynamic collaboration. This is set to be the final session in The Collaboration Project series that started about seven years ago. Those who have participated and put the practices into action with some great results. This is set to be the last installment in the series and not to be missed.
 
About Greg Jenkins
Heaadshot of Sarah Cornally
Greg is an independent change agent, facilitator and coach. He has been actively involved with SFN for at least 20 years including 12 as coordinator. Greg works in complex collaboration-based situations across Defence, Government, Business, Education and Community. Greg believes that the way to save the world is through dynamic systemic collaboration – one conversation at a time.


Venue: University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Building 10 (cnr Jones & Thomas St), Level 5, Room 5.580
Take the lift to level 5, cross the atrium footbridge, walk straight ahead to room 580 on your right.

Time: From 5:30pm to 7:30pm | No RSVP - Just turn up | Donation $5

Contact: www.facilitatorsnetwork.blogspot.com
Eoin Higgins  eoin.p.higgins@gmail.com : 0407 411 684
Monday December 09th
Wildcard Night!

8 October 2019

Liberating Flow in Organisations; Seeing beyond the visible, Discovering Unseen Possibilities with Sarah Cornally | Mon 14th Oct | 5:30PM

Flow is a natural state of sustainable movement. For things to work well we need to find this natural flow.

What if a problem was simply the consequence of something that if it was seen and acknowledged the problem would no longer be needed.

Problems are symptoms.  Systems communicate via symptoms. They are visible and measurable. They reveal the state of health of the system.

Too much effort is a symptom. Confusion is a symptom. Overwhelm is a symptom. Conflict is a symptom. Churn is a symptom. Overdrive is a symptom. Stuckness is a symptom.

Seeing beyond the visible, making a connection with what is hidden brings into view that which needs to be seen and acknowledged. It enables the system to return to flow.
Photograph of a river in a bushland area
This evening we will play with systemic principles through questions that create the possibility of discovering what is hidden and bringing it into view. Questions that are designed to expand the client’s awareness and evocatively discover new possibilities.

Join us for an expansive evening.
About Sarah Cornally
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Sarah Cornally has been studying system dynamics and organisational constellation work in Europe for the past ten years and has found this a particularly powerful way to access new insights and innovative solutions in the face of complex, resistant and challenging dilemmas.
Sarah’s work focuses on enabling leaders to collectively create successful businesses and organisations where people thrive whilst achieving the organisation’s purpose. She has a special interest in developing greater capacity to respond insightfully and effectively to uncertainty, ambiguity and complexity by exploring adaptive responses.
Sarah’s work focuses on evolving leaders and whole system transformation to create adaptive and responsive people within organisations that can work co-creatively in a dynamic and rapidly evolving world. She has invested over 10 years in studying and exploring the application of systemic intelligence to business and organisations. Sarah trains executives and consultant in systemic intelligence and its application in organisations.


Venue: University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Building 10 (cnr Jones & Thomas St), Level 5, Room 5.580
Take the lift to level 5, cross the atrium footbridge, walk straight ahead to room 580 on your right.

Time: From 5:30pm to 7:30pm | No RSVP - Just turn up | Donation $5

Contact: www.facilitatorsnetwork.blogspot.com
Eoin Higgins  eoin.p.higgins@gmail.com : 0407 411 684
Monday November 11th
Collaboration Masterclass: how collaboration will save the world with Greg Jenkins
Monday December 09th
Wildcard Night!

20 September 2019

Cooking With Stories with Andrew Rixon & Cathryn Lloyd | 5:30PM | FRIDAY 27th

SPRINGTIME SEPTEMBER SFN SPECIAL!
NOTE: FRIDAY 27th
Story and narratives provide facilitators rich opportunities to enable groups, teams, organisations and communities to work together and productively navigate complexity. Drawing on their recently published book "The Story Cookbook: Practical Recipes for Change", Andrew Rixon and Cathryn Lloyd will explore a number of story-based activities for facilitators to reflect on what opportunities working with story and narrative approaches can provide within their own practice.
Book cover image for The Story Cookbook
About Andrew & Cathryn
Andrew Rixon is the founder of Babel Fish Group and with one of the first PhD’s in complexity science has gained global experience in working with organisations, within Australia and internationally in the UK, USA, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Andrew also holds an appointment with Swinburne Business School in the area of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Andrew is the founder of The Story Conference and co-editor of the recently published book “The Story Cookbook: Practical Recipes for Change”
Cathryn Lloyd is a facilitator, creativity coach, educator and holds a doctoral degree in Creative Industries (DCI). She is the Founder and Director of Maverick Minds, a creative professional development consultancy that designs powerful and flexible learning experiences to shift thinking, gain new perspectives and create positive change. She has extensive experience across the creative industries, arts, business, management, and education. With an arts and design background, she brings a multi-disciplinary learning approach to her work, drawing on experiential, arts-based and action learning methodologies and processes to create purposeful learning environments.


Venue: University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Building 10 (cnr Jones & Thomas St), Level 5, Room 5.580
Take the lift to level 5, cross the atrium footbridge, walk straight ahead to room 580 on your right.

Time: From 5:30pm to 7:30pm | No RSVP - Just turn up | Donation $5

Contact: www.facilitatorsnetwork.blogspot.com
Eoin Higgins  eoin.p.higgins@gmail.com : 0407 411 684
In our August SFN we had a rare treat. Four UTS Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation students shared a facilitation model of their own creation which was a workshop game designed for facilitators to ‘help prime your participants for genuine deliberation and consensus-building’. It was inspiring to witness the creativity and courage of these yourng facilitators. They recenty sent the SFN a followup message:

“We’d like to thank you again for allowing us to come last month to test Plott and all your great feedback. We’re happy to say we’ve taken that feedback onboard and updated the facilitators note and the experience where necessary. Those who are interested in using the tool in their workshops can request a deck online at Plott.Cards
Monday October 14th
System Dynamics with Sarah Cornally
Monday November 11th
Collaboration Masterclass: how collaboration will save the world with Greg Jenkins

4 September 2019

Can feminine leadership transform society? with Robyn Katz | 5:30PM | Monday 09 September

Robyn Katz is inviting us to join her in a facilitated inquiry into the question ‘can feminine leadership transform society?’
 
Relaxing our political correctness and assuming all individuals have access to both masculine and feminine traits we will explore stories of times when we’ve drawn on diverse leadership styles.
 
To generate fresh thinking about how we can contribute to more balanced and sustainable systems, together and through this ‘gendered’ lens, we will muse on where leadership is globally and what the world needs now.
 
This session includes opportunities to participate in storytelling triads, circle practice and insight seeking plenary.

About Robyn Katz
Robyn is an experienced businesswoman, facilitator, coach, community builder and founder and director of Talkpoint. Pioneering ways of working since 2000, she’s trained globally as a Warrior for the Human Spirit and leads #humanisework in Australia. Robyn has faith in the power of the collective and finds meaning doing women’s business.


Venue: University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Building 10 (cnr Jones & Thomas St), Level 5, Room 5.580
Take the lift to level 5, cross the atrium footbridge, walk straight ahead to room 580 on your right.

Time: From 5:30pm to 7:30pm | No RSVP - Just turn up | Donation $5

Contact: www.facilitatorsnetwork.blogspot.com
Eoin Higgins  eoin.p.higgins@gmail.com : 0407 411 684
SPECIAL EVENT!
FRIDAY September 27th

Cooking with Stories with Andrew Rixon & Cathryn Lloyd
FRIDAY October 14th
System Dynamics with Sarah Cornally

5 August 2019

Building Trust by Opening Minst with Scott Newton | Monday 12th August | 5:30PM

We are living through a challenging time - where the very principles of democracy are being challenged by a lack of trust between politicians and the people. How can trust be built and what role can we, as facilitators, play?

Sydney facilitator, Scott Newton, has been working with four UTS Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation students to explore these trust issues – Marissa Motsos, Sharon Gao, Nusardol Oshana, and Nic Hurrell. The students have met with NSW Parliament Speaker Jonathon O’Dea , Executive Director NewDemocracy Iain Walker, Advisor to the Premier Marc Snape and many more.

From these interviews, research and experiments, the students deduced that the more open people are to new ideas and perspectives, the more weight their recommendations and decisions carry. And so they’ve developed a workshop activity to do just that - open minds.

Come along to our next session to help test this new approach and to discuss, more broadly, explore how we can help open up a participant’s mind, heart and will - to encourage deliberation and produce deeper workshop insights and nuanced decisions.
 
About Scott Newton
Scott is Senior Project Manager with KJA and also lectures in the UTS Creative Intelligence course. He is a communications professional with five years’ marketing, public relations and specialist experience in the technology, education and consultancy sectors. He is also a game developer and now coordinates Sydney’s first specialist working space for other developers. Scott’s passion is for deliberative decision-making processes and he has worked with New Democracy and other Citizen panel processes.


Venue: University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Building 10 (cnr Jones & Thomas St), Level 5, Room 5.580
Take the lift to level 5, cross the atrium footbridge, walk straight ahead to room 580 on your right.

Time: From 5:30pm to 7:30pm | No RSVP - Just turn up | Donation $5

Contact: www.facilitatorsnetwork.blogspot.com
Eoin Higgins  eoin.p.higgins@gmail.com : 0407 411 684
September 09th
The Keys to Feminine Power with Carli Leimbach
SPECIAL EVENT!
FRIDAY September 27th

Cooking with Stories with Andrew Rixon & Cathryn Lloyd