21 September 2016

Australasian Facilitator’s Network (AFN) Conference ‘Tuakana Teina,’ Waikato, New Zealand, November 29 - December 2 2016

The SFN is affiliated with the AFN (Australasian Facilitator’s Network).  The AFN is a self-organising community of practitioners based in Australia, New Zealand, South-East Asia and the Pacific, who have been meeting as the AFN since 1998 (and informally, with other identities, since 1992). 

The AFN focus is on working, learning and sharing with each other.

We share a passion for facilitation and participatory practice in pursuit of better communication, understanding, collaboration and harmony in workplaces, communities, and the world at large.

Similar to the SFN, the AFN is an informal unincorporated association of peers, there are no membership fees for AFN.  

Find out more at the AFN Website.

Each year since 1998 the AFN has held an Annual Conference. This is where professional and voluntary facilitators, supporters and students gather to ‘sharpen the saw’, reflect, discuss, debate, learn, share, meet, mix, create and recreate. 

AFN conferences are organised by teams of volunteers who are associates of the AFN.


This year the conference will be held at Waikato, New Zealand. The theme of the conference will be 'Tuakana Teina'.  This refers to the concept of older siblings teaching and guiding younger siblings; also to those with more experience in a particular practice passing their knowledge and skills on to those with less. 

Find out more at the AFN Conference website. 

13 September 2016

Future of Facilitation: Co-design Workshop

The Sydney Facilitators Network are hosting a co-design event held at the Michael Crouch Innovation Centre (MCIC, UNSW) on Saturday 22 October, 10am - 4pm, to explore and respond to the changing nature of facilitation.

We would like to invite you to be part of this co-creation process, along with fellow thought leaders and Australian facilitation professionals, to foster innovation, dialogue and uncover how facilitation might look in 2030.

It will be a fun, energetic and fast-paced session of 42 participants in the MCIC hub for Innovators. Our aim for this one-day workshop is to collaborate and empower our community to make positive and meaningful change in society.

But before we give you all the ins and outs of this fantastic day, we would love to ask you for your input and ideas to help our first SFN co-design event!

One not only needs their minds to think, dream and speak about change but also their hands to tinker, test, and build to create change!” - MCIC

Please take a few minutes to help us by completing a short survey:

3 September 2016

Facilitating Leadership Transformations with Godwin Vaz | Monday September 12th, 2016

Transformational shifts in thinking and behaviour at the top of an organisation can affect thousands of people’s lives, and the quality of relationships, innovations; and thus whole industry/country impact.

In this dynamic and interactive session, we will look at the role and opportunity of a facilitator to affect change at senior levels.  In our uncertain, disruptive and fast-change world this requires vision, courage, empathy and multidimensionality in the facilitator - to be adaptable and know when not to facilitate and to be more directive, non-conforming and confronting.

In this session we will discuss and explore:

  • What loses credibility and trust when influencing at the top team level
  • How 60% of leadership facilitation impact happens outside the room/event
  • The fears/blockers that may be holding you back from greater impact
  • The 5 stages of mastery for a Transformative Leadership facilitator
This session will be useful for change facilitators, trainers, leaders, leadership consultants, executive coaches, artists and aspiring leadership facilitators.

About Godwin Vaz.
Godwin has worked with executives and senior leaders in MNC’s, government, schools, NGO’s and universities in the role of advisor, mentor and top team facilitator.  His work has had him deliver projects in Brazil, USA, Kenya, China, Indonesia, Argentina, Thailand, Malaysia, Canada, Ethiopia, Singapore and India.  Some of his clients include Infosys, Kenyan Government, Itau Bank (Brazil), Singapore Airlines, ANZ bank, McKinsey and Company, Ethiopian Government – water research and public university programs.

This deep-dive session is an introduction to Godwin’s Facilitation Mastery program (October 22) and Leadership Facilitation program to be held in Nov/Dec this year.

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.

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