17 March 2021

Your self awareness as a facilitator - with Andrea Jones ZOOM SESSION on April 12 at 5.30pm

This session will look at ways to enhance the wisdom within you, by understanding more deeply your responses and reactions whilst facilitating groups. Having an awareness of your triggers and unconscious responses is a first step in your emotional resilience and self care as a group facilitator. This session will introduce you to the Groupwork Centre’s model of self-awareness ‘The Community of Selves’, creating a space for you to explore and play. We will explore and share methods and tools for building empathy for the ‘other’, exploring trade-offs and building consensus in meetings and workshops in-person and online. Venue: Zoom: https://uni-sydney.zoom.us/j/85095315092 Time: Zoom room opens at 5.15 pm. Session begins at 5:30 pm SHARP
About Andrea Andrea Jones is passionate about effective communication and the creation of a collaborative space for the wisdom of individuals and groups to be shared. As a facilitator at Groupwork Centre, Andrea focuses on assisting groups and individuals to effectively work together, to have courageous conversations, to deal with conflict and to work through processes to help create authentic, resilient and successful organisations. The Groupwork Centre is a values-based organisation that harnesses the wisdom and experience of individuals and work teams. Our work is founded on principles of self-awareness and compassion, designed to give individuals and groups the skills and processes to achieve their goals. We use simple processes that are unique, highly accessible and thoroughly road-tested. We’ve been tailoring them to help our clients since 1984.

19 February 2021

NIne Things You Need to Know - with Ian Colley (at UTS on March 8th)

Your meeting is coming up. Your purpose is clear, and the people who need to be there are coming. You have settled on an overall structure for the event such as world cafĂ©, solutions focus, or design thinking. Then you think – what can I do to make this event as engaging as possible? There are nine things I think about process design to make the experience as rich as possible. I’d be very interested in the tenth thing, if you care to offer it, on our next Monday night together. In the past decade I have been teaching facilitation skills to other professionals. The course has grown out of thirty years of experience as a facilitator – building on successes but mostly learning from things that have gone wrong. And I’ve borrowed heaps (stolen?) from great practices and practitioners I have experienced. I wrote the facilitation course for IAP2 Australasia and have also just finished a book on the craft of facilitation ‘Dancing with the Beast’ reflecting on these thirty years of experience doing and teaching facilitation. This session reviews some gems from this experience.

20 January 2021

Brave conversations in the face of climate change: with Tania Leimbach| SFN 8 February | 5:30PM

Ideas to support brave conversations, emotional resilience and action in the face of climate change - with Tania Leimbach Many people find it difficult to discuss climate change. It can feel awkward to raise the subject at work, around the dinner table or at the pub.  Australian society is still avoiding registering the long-term implications. The “climate narrative wars” have created a kind of paralysis in recent years. This session is based on the understanding - eloquently expressed by Dr Rebecca Huntley - that we need thousands of everyday conversations about the climate to enlarge the ranks of the concerned, engage the disengaged and persuade the cautious of the need for action. There has been an explosion of work on climate change communication. If you want to be a more empowered and successful communicator, there are ways to  apply sound communication principles in your life, drawing on the wealth of knowledge emerging in environmental psychology. Each of us can do this in a way that is authentic and in line with our own values.  Live and Face to face at UTS!!! Venue: Face to Face Building 10, Level  5, CB10.05.580. Time: 5.30pm to 7.30pm