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

7 August 2017

The Joy of Collaboration with Greg Jenkins | Monday Aug 14 2017 | 5.30pm

We are experiencing a crisis of ‘joy’ in our workplaces, classrooms and communities evidenced by an epidemic of low engagement, high levels of fear, obsessive avoidance of blame and low trust.
What can be done to bring more joy into our work? Why is ‘Joy’ is the higher purpose of collaborative work? What is the role of facilitators in such transformation?
This session will also provide an update on progress with ‘The Collaboration Project’ announced during the session that Greg facilitated in October last year.
About ‘The Collaboration Project’

  • The Mindset including higher purpose, values and principles
  • The Practice including 16 core tools
  • The Program including charter
About Greg Jenkins
Greg has been a long-term active member of the Sydney Facilitators Network including 12 years as the Network Coordinator.
Greg is a highly experienced facilitator, coach and program developer. He works in complex collaboration-based situations across business, government, education and community specialising in high stakes projects. His mission is to bring joy to peoples work through collaboration in action.
This session will be highly experiential, practical and most importantly – joyful.

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

30 July 2017

AFN 2017 Conference Announces Line-up!


The 2017 AFN Conference Team has announced a fantastic line up for this year's conference (16 - 18 October).  This is going to be an awesome conference thanks to the wonderful program and great presenters,  dedicated organising committee, beautiful location and rich theme of sacred communication.

Take a look at the full program here.
Interested? Register here.





11 June 2017

Let Go of Your Plan with Johanna de Rutyer | Monday June 19 2017 | 5.30pm

“Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.”

Structure and planning can provide useful frameworks to guide and contain action but sticking to our plans can also limit action. How often have you been in a meeting and the convenor is doggedly following a pre - arranged agenda that is not responding to the dynamics of the audience? Ever felt like a deer in the headlights, startled and frozen in front of an audience, instead of the competent person you usually present – particularly after an unexpected question or challenge?

The unplanned moment is full with creative possibility, spontaneity, excitement, playfulness, energy, focus, challenge – it is dynamic to say the least. A range of possibilities emerge and your ability to respond and then navigate within this dynamic involves taking a risk in not knowing, courage to be open and explore and practice. Some are more well versed and comfortable than others in this dynamic space. Johanna de Ruyter has been practicing the art of navigating the emerging and unstructured process for over 25 years. She is a long term ensemble member of Playback Theatre Sydney a theatre form that blends story sharing, Improvisation and Communication. Over her 30 years engagement in theatre making Improvisation has been at the centre of her creative process. She is experienced in navigating the balance between being in the planned and unplanned, structure and unstructured which ultimately takes us to a relationship between mind and body.

This will be an experiential and playful session so if possible wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Johanna will invite you meet to yourself and others in the present and emerging space of being in the unplanned.

Between stimulus and response there is a space and in that space lies our freedom and power to
respond – Janice L Marturano, Finding the space to Lead.


About Johanna de Ruyter
Johanna is passionate about the complementary relationship of communication and the performing arts. She has been working for over two decades as an actor and collaborator on various award-winning theater projects both nationally and internationally.

For Johanna the central core of theatre has always been about authentic communication – which is encompassed in the process of creating a show, in the performance itself and also in the specific style of theatre I practice, Playback Theatre. For over twenty years she has worked as an improviser, facilitator and trainer at Playback Theatre Sydney - a rich and dynamic communication forum that uses improvisation and personal storytelling to explore, expose and illuminate specific issues. Since 1981 Playback Theatre Sydney has been commissioned by Government, Corporate and Community organizations to perform roles of trainer, role play and performance.

In addition, she facilitates Leadership Presence training programs throughout the Asia Pacific region, with The Ariel Group, a leading US and more recently Australian based Executive Training Company. Johanna draws on her theatre and communication experience to design and deliver her own experientially based Training, Coaching and Presentations programs for a range of clients in the Community and Corporate sector.



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 May 2017

Engaging Your Audience with Tony Sloman | Monday May 08, 2017 | 5.30pm

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel"  - Maya Angelou, American poet and civil rights activist

‘Engaging Your Audience’ is a practical workshop to explore 3 key techniques you can use to feel more confident as a speaker, reduce your nerves and inspire your listeners.

Conceiving and delivering a message to an audience are often
misaligned processes. The formality of delivery is something that unhinges many people. They lose the core connection to their material and are left feeling an opportunity has slipped by or that they could not really portray themselves the way they really want to. Sometimes it is nerves, other times it is about our fundamental right to speak.

 “There are two types of speakers. Those who get nervous and those who are liars” - Mark Twain

Tony will demonstrate how nerves play a role in our speaking; the physiological response to being ‘exposed’ and the corresponding mindset. Together we will discover what we can do to accept our vulnerability, to embrace and utilise our nervous response constructively. Through a blended learning approach, we will explore how it feels when you ‘embody’ your messages, when you own your space and relish in your opportunities to speak out.

Come and join this experiential session to learn how to own your authenticity as a speaker and what to activate to achieve it – with passion and purpose!


About Tony Sloman
Tony Sloman is the director of Passion and Purpose, a business that transforms people into passionate communicators who can own their space, inspire their listeners and achieve their business purpose at every speaking opportunity. Their solutions are delivered through tailored workshops for corporate, government, leadership forums, SME’s and NFP, as well as one-on-one coaching and in public programs.

Tony has a rich background in facilitation, training, coaching, presenting, relationship management, business development, consulting, computer science, financial services and the performing arts.
 
Tony has worked all over the world in theatre, film, television, radio as a professional actor and writer/director. He has been practicing his craft for over 30 years and having trained at one of the most prestigious drama schools in the world (The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London), being tutored by world-renowned experts in performance, Tony understands the complexities of high stakes communication.



Venue: [NOTE: Pitt St venue]

Customer Central Collaboration Hub
Level 8 South Entrance (Barlow St end),
477 Pitt Street, Sydney Central.


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 April 2017

Deep Deomcracy | Monday April 10, 2017 | 5.30pm

The term ‘deep democracy’ was coined by Arnold Mindell (a physicist and Jungian psychologist) in the 1980s to refer to the need to engage with the range of one’s own internal voices, as well as all the voices in the community, to achieve social change.
 
Myrna Lewis (a clinical psychologist also working in the corporate sector) and her late husband Greg Lewis, adapted Mindell’s work when they were consulting to Eskom, South Africa’s power utility. They were contracted to help the workplace transform after the apartheid regime. They followed the ‘teach people to fish’ approach knowing that this was the only way to tackle issues at scale, and provided people with tools for communication, decision making and conflict resolution. The Lewis Method ‘tool kit’ was born and Myrna has been refining and expanding the work with a growing network of instructors over the last nearly 20 years.

CoResolve, a participative leadership program has also been developed. Powered by the Deep Democracy tools, it addresses the challenge leaders have in holding neutrality, when the very nature of their role is that they have a view.

The Lewis Method is learnt experientially and Cath Elderton will use the session on Monday 10th April to provide people with a taste of some of the tools, such as the Soft Shoe Shuffle, the 4 Steps and The Argument.  It would be good if you can come with a topic that you think it would be good for the SFN to discuss!


About Cath Elderton
Cath Elderton came across The Lewis Method Deep Democracy at a workshop Myrna Lewis ran in Darwin in 2011, and has been learning it ever since. She has many years’ experience in development practice (both overseas and in northern Australia), including learning and development work. She has recently completed training in Process Oriented Psychology, a psychotherapy methodology that is another plank that underpins Deep Democracy.


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