2 April 2018

SFN April is cancelled

Unfortunately we were unable to secure a guest facilitator for the April SFN.  Most SFN guest facilitators come from withing the network so if yo are curious about offering a session in the future then please reach out the contact details below.

There will be an SFN in May.


Call for Guest Facilitators:


If you have an idea or know someone who has an idea for a session at a Facilitators Network meeting in please contact Eoin Higgins 0407 411 684 eoin.p.higgins@gmail.com

4 March 2018

System Dynamics and Organisational Constellations with Sarah Cornally | Monday March 12, 2018 | 5.30pm

Have you ever found patterns repeating themselves despite your best efforts, or situations resistant to intervention, or good interventions that then relapse? Often this is because there is something at play at a systemic level, which is active, yet hidden. Working with and understanding systemic effects is an important adjunct to our repertoire as facilitators, especially where there is complexity and ambiguity.

In this interactive session we will explore mini systemic structural constellations for organisational issues. If you’re interested in how systemic work is applied in organisations, this practical session will give you the opportunity to see how mini constellations – that take 15-30 minutes only – can help uncover hidden dynamics and obstacles that are impeding organisational outcomes, as well as insights into how to respond and move forward.

You’ll have the chance to participate in demonstrations during the session, working through real-life scenarios, as a way of understanding and tapping into systemic intelligence to discover new options. The beauty of mini constellations is that the power of harnessing a systemic lens can be experienced even with just a short investment of time. This form of the work can be easily woven into existing approaches.

About Sarah Cornally
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.

sarahcornally.com 

Praise for Sarah
“I’ve had the privilege of experiencing the powerful impact of Sarah’s work in a number of settings, and each time have been deeply impressed at the insight her approach brings to problems that previously seemed intractable. Her ability to reveal the full spectrum of elements in any system – including what may be agitating the system, and what it takes to calm it – go far beyond the ‘normal’ organisational development approach of considering situations through an interpersonal lens. Sarah’s methodology offers executives an invaluable approach to realising profound organisational outcomes.”
People and Development Director, professional services organisation


Venue: [We will be at UTS]
University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Jones Street, Ultimo corner Thomas Street. Room 5.580 Level 5, Building 10, Take the lift to level 5, cross the atrium footbridge, walk straight ahead to room 580.

Time:
From 5:30pm to 7:30pm sharp | No RSVP - Just turn up | Donation $5
Enquiries | Eoin Higgins  eoin.p.higgins@gmail.com ; 0407 411 684

Call for Guest Facilitators:

If you have an idea or know someone who has an idea for a session at a Facilitators Network meeting in please contact Eoin Higgins 0407 411 684 eoin.p.higgins@gmail.com

5 February 2018

Towards an indigenous-informed facilitation practice with Charlie Trindall & Regan Jensen | Monday February 12, 2018 | 5.30pm

Last year's annual conference of the Australasian Facilitators Network had a powerful focus on indigenous-informed facilitation.

Many of those who attended found the conference both powerful and moving.  So much so that we though it would be valuable to review some of the lessons for an SFN session.  Even those of us who don't work directly with Aboriginal communities, discovered precious insights that are relevant to our own practices.

The conference also launched "Towards an indigenous-informed facilitation practice: Questions we can ask ourselves as facilitators with and between cultures.  The questions were an AFN inspired project, three years in the making, and will be used, as part of this session, to explore cross-cultural facilitation.

The session will be led by Charlie Trindall and Regan Jensen, indigenous facilitators who are Sydney based.  The are uspported by a small group of conference attendees - Ian Colley, Kingsley Nowell, Kate Scholl, Hedy Bryant and Donna Bevan.




About the Facilitators
Charlie is a Gamilaroi man from north western NSW and works in Healing and Reparations Directorate in the NSW Department of Aboriginal Affairs.

As NSW is the only state in Australia to have healing as part of their Aboriginal Affairs strategy, Charlie's role is to work with the Healing Foundation to coordinate facilitated discussion forums on healing between Government, NGO's and Aboriginal communities.

Charlie has a long interest in the area of facilitation since learning ToP methods with members of the Institute of Cultural Affairs.

He has continued to broaden his facilitation training, interest and skills over the years in a diverse ranges of area including government meetings, community discussions, song writing workshops, cultural awareness workshops and martial arts training.

Regan is a Larrakian woman who grew up in the Inner West and Western suburbs of NSW.  Larrakia Nation is based in Darwin, Northern Territory.  Regan is currently with the Department of Industry, working to increase Aboriginal participation in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Regan is very passionate about facilitating specifically focusing on increasing mental health literacy of communities through the delivery of Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid.


INDIGENOUS-INFORMED PRACTICE
 
“How can the AFN develop an indigenous-informed practice?” 

 
This was the challenge laid down by Carol Vale, an Indigenous facilitator, at the AFN conference in 2014 in Alice Springs.
 
It began a series of discussions out of which a set of questions was developed.  These questions were introduced at the 2016 AFN conference held at Whaingaroa, New Zealand, and published in time for the 2017 AFN conference held on the traditional lands of the Dharawal people at Stanwell Tops in New South Wales, Australia.

 
They are provided here for the benefit of all facilitators working with and between cultures in Australia and New Zealand.
 

Towards an indigenous-informed facilitation practice:
Questions we can ask ourselves as facilitators working with and between cultures.
 
Download PDF A5backed Brochure format 
Download PDFA1 Poster format


Venue: [We will be at UTS]
University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Jones Street, Ultimo corner Thomas Street. Room 5.580 Level 5, Building 10, Take the lift to level 5, cross the atrium footbridge, walk straight ahead to room 580.

Time:
From 5:30pm to 7:30pm sharp | No RSVP - Just turn up | Donation $5
Enquiries | Eoin Higgins  eoin.p.higgins@gmail.com ; 0407 411 684

Call for Guest Facilitators:


If you have an idea or know someone who has an idea for a session at a Facilitators Network meeting in please contact Eoin Higgins 0407 411 684 eoin.p.higgins@gmail.com

4 December 2017

Innovation Wildcard with End of Year Social | Monday December 11, 2017 | 5.30pm

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.

Xmas Social

Please join us for networking, conversation and laughter afterwards at the nearby, Pho Mumum Vietnamese Restaurant, No 16 Broadway, Chippendale (opposite the Big UTS Tower). Average meal cost only$10. 

Venue: [our usual venue]
University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Jones Street, Ultimo corner Thomas Street. Room 5.580 Level 5, Building 10, Take the lift to level 5, cross the atrium footbridge, walk straight ahead to room 580.

Time:
From 5:30pm to 7:30pm sharp | No RSVP - Just turn up | Donation $5
Enquiries | Eoin Higgins  eoin.p.higgins@gmail.com ; 0407 411 684


Call for Guest Facilitators:
If you have an idea or know someone who has an idea for a session at a Facilitators Network meeting in please contact Eoin Higgins 0407 411 684 eoin.p.higgins@gmail.com

6 November 2017

Being and Becoming a Facilitator with Steven Segal | Monday November 13, 2017 | 5.30pm

In this workshop we are going to ask and share our responses to a reflective question: what is involved in becoming a facilitator? An existential framework of "becoming" will be provided to guide the discussion. In the context of the existential framework participants will be offered the opportunity to reflect in a dialogical context on the role of developing one's facilitators' voice and style through a range of existential challenges such as
  • leaping into the unknown in becoming a facilitator
  • developing from being a novice to mastery in the domain of facilitation
  • responding to surprises or unexpected disruptions in the process of becoming
  • turning adversity into opportunity
  • responding as a core dimension of becoming a facilitator
The workshop is aimed both at consolidating your way of being and opening up new possibilities in your repertoire for being a facilitator.
 
About Steven Segal
Steven lectures at the MGSM. His teaching style is close to that of a facilitator in that he aims to bring out the best in his students. In the 1990's he was recognised internationally as a pioneer in the development of philosophical practice which is a process for enabling clients to develop their own philosophies of life or of the particular roles they play in life.

He is also a registered psychologist, author of three books, co-editor of one book and has written a range of scholarly papers.

Venue: [We will be at UTS]
University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Jones Street, Ultimo corner Thomas Street. Room 5.580 Level 5, Building 10, Take the lift to level 5, cross the atrium footbridge, walk straight ahead to room 580.

Time:
From 5:30pm to 7:30pm sharp | No RSVP - Just turn up | Donation $5
Enquiries | Eoin Higgins  eoin.p.higgins@gmail.com ; 0407 411 684

Call for Guest Facilitators:

If you have an idea or know someone who has an idea for a session at a Facilitators Network meeting in please contact Eoin Higgins 0407 411 684 eoin.p.higgins@gmail.com

2 October 2017

Facilitation Myths & Misses with Ian Colley | Monday October 09, 2017 | 5.30pm

This October is the 100th  year anniversary of the communist revolution in Russia. 2017 is also the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, San Francisco.  Whatever one’s views on both events, it is clear that the emancipatory, utopian aspirations which fuelled these different movements have not been realised.

Most facilitators are hard-wired for optimism and are nourished by principled commitment to full and open participation. We believe that authority is vested in all, that diversity should be respected, that each human being is fundamentally good-willed, and that the future can be shaped mindfully, through open dialogue.  We believe that a facilitator’s listening is more transformative than our talking.

We thought that Margaret Mead said “A small group of people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”

What if we are wrong?

What are the myths we work with and live by? Myths that we have left unexamined? What are your Facilitation myths? Come and test them next Monday.  As always, we will do this in a playful, creative and meaningful way….or will we?

 
About Ian Colley
Ian Colley is a facilitator of change and learning projects.  These mostly deal with ‘tricky’ issues – building common ground between diverse interests, solving problems, leading difficult conversations, creating clarity about uncertain futures (isn’t it all uncertain).

Over 20 years in consulting, Ian has led hundreds of projects in business, government and community settings. He has chaired a number of community liaison committees – for Barangaroo Development Authority, NSW Ports, Orica, Taralga Wind Farm.  Ian also teaches facilitation and leadership at the University of Technology (since 2005).

Ian’s current focus is on the possibilities (and limits) of dialogue.  He is passionate about teaching facilitation – helping other professionals stretch these skills in their everyday practices.


Venue: [We will be at UTS]
University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Jones Street, Ultimo corner Thomas Street. Room 5.580 Level 5, Building 10, Take the lift to level 5, cross the atrium footbridge, walk straight ahead to room 580.

Time:
From 5:30pm to 7:30pm sharp | No RSVP - Just turn up | Donation $5
Enquiries | Eoin Higgins  eoin.p.higgins@gmail.com ; 0407 411 684

Call for Guest Facilitators:

If you have an idea or know someone who has an idea for a session at a Facilitators Network meeting in please contact Eoin Higgins 0407 411 684 eoin.p.higgins@gmail.com

3 September 2017

The Art of Resilience with Lina Mbirkou | Monday Sep 11 2017 | 5.30pm

None of us is immune to changes and challenges in life, however, as mindfulness leader, Jon Kabat-Zinn says: “You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”

But how to develop the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties? How to strengthen our ability to deal with challenges? Is it really possible to build resilience?

This is what we’re going to explore together in this 90 minute session. You are warmly invited you to:

  • Discover a new way of learning that is practical and embodied.
  • Find out how to manage when things go badly
  • Learn about 5 easy things you can do when crisis hits
  • Develop new attitudes and approaches to difficult times
  • Walk away with an emotional toolkit you can draw from and use immediately for your wellbeing.
This will be an experiential session so if possible wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

About Lina Mbirkou

Lina Mbirkou is an accomplished facilitator, trainer and presenter. She holds a Master of Commerce, an MBA and a Certificate IV in training and assessment and is highly experienced in design thinking and emergent methods for collective systemic transformation such as Theory U.

She is well known as a creator of her own processes and resources for the industry. For example Lina has developed the MACRO Leaders model to guide her work in transforming leaders and organisations. The acronym MACRO stands for: Mindfulness, Authenticity, Courage, Resilience, and Openness.
In her Mindful Cooking programs, Lina has designed creative processes to integrate learnings, change individual and collective behaviours and formalise practice using sustainably produced food.

As a certified yoga and meditation teacher, Lina knows how to hold space for people to reflect, listen deeply and inquire openly in way that encourages empathy and builds connection.

Lina is also a powerful speaker about topics relating to mindful leadership, emotional and spiritual intelligence, self-awareness and resilience.

Lina will be offering a highly experiential one-day workshop in Sydney on the 07th of October. This is an opportunity to deepen your understanding of resilience and find better ways to cope with difficult times.
For more information, please contact Lina on 04 66 322 399, by e-mail at lina@macroleaders.com.au or visit MacroLeaders.com.au

You can find out more about Lina here and buy tickets to the workshop here.




Venue: [We will be at UTS]
University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Jones Street, Ultimo corner Thomas Street. Room 5.580 Level 5, Building 10, Take the lift to level 5, cross the atrium footbridge, walk straight ahead to room 580.

Time:
From 5:30pm to 7:30pm sharp | No RSVP - Just turn up | Donation $5
Enquiries | Eoin Higgins  eoin.p.higgins@gmail.com ; 0407 411 684

Call for Guest Facilitators:
If you have an idea or know someone who has an idea for a session at a Facilitators Network meeting in please contact Eoin Higgins 0407 411 684 eoin.p.higgins@gmail.com