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