[OSList] Facilitation Survey
Bhavesh Patel via OSList
oslist at lists.openspacetech.org
Sun Mar 19 06:16:28 PDT 2017
I copied this from the IAF website:
*"At the far right, the facilitator controls the process and does not
provide content. The facilitator works with their client and/or group to
define a session purpose and output. Session outputs are usually defined by
a desired outcome (e.g. a strategic plan, a decision, ideas generation) but
the specific content is the responsibility of the group. Facilitators at
this end of the spectrum can facilitate a session where they have no
content knowledge. Their role becomes strictly one of helping the group
manage the information they already possess, or can access, to achieve a
necessary result in a timely and collaborative manner."*
So OST definitely sits outside the mainstream view of facilitation,
although the pre-work with the client fits within it.
Even 'walking together for a stretch' doesn't quite capture it, especially
if you are holding onto your chair as a way of controlling the need to
Holding space, caring for the space, being present and invisible, etc get
closer and also start to sound a bit mystical... the Art of Hosting use the
Maybe it is easier not to consider OST as part of the world of facilitation?
On 18 March 2017 at 20:14, Michael M Pannwitz via OSList <
oslist at lists.openspacetech.org> wrote:
> Dear Bhav,
> smiling back at you.
> Looked at the survey. And at the description of "What is facilitation".
> Yes, there are varieties of facilitation, many I guess.
> I did not find anything in the definition of the researchers that comes
> close to what I understand "facilitation" to be in the context of Open
> Space Technology.
> Where it might apply is in the selforganized "facilitation" that takes
> place in breakout sessions or in the Action Planning part of an open space
> where folks are more in a mode of a decision making ... still
> selforganized, of course. All done by the participants all on their own.
> The phases in an OST event (welcome, stating the theme, focusing the
> group, describing the process and inviting issues) that most of us call
> "facilitation" is simply an introduction into a process in which we try to
> stay totally present and at the same time attempt to stay invisible.
> This is an approach that I have seen only in OST events.
> In fact, when the facilitation of the kind that is meant in the survey is
> exercised in an ost event (I have often seen that) it has the effect of a
> space invasion with the result of reducing the space for selforganisation
> to unfold.
> I am also pretty certain that the idea of a neutral facilitation is not
> part of the kind of facilitation that is meant in the survey.
> "Helping groups achieve their jointly agreed outcome" is not a "neutral"
> activity. This contradiction is unavoidable but needs to be faced by
> So, what would be a more fitting term of what we do under the "label" of
> In German language events I use the term "Begleiter"... in the sense
> "walking together for a stretch".
> What terms are used for "facilitator" in other languages or what other
> terms are being used in English?
> Cheers and greetings from Berlin
> PS: I imagine that issues like the one above and many others will be dealt
> with at the Germany language OSonOS in May in Germany, take a peek
> Am 17.03.2017 um 16:52 schrieb Bhavesh Patel via OSList:
>> Hi Friends,
>> Are you from Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands,
>> Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom?
>> If YES and you have some time before the 31^st March, please fill out
>> this facilitation survey which should hopefully provide us all with some
>> interesting insights: http://www.kalinax.com/facilitationhome.html
>> Smiles Bhav…
>> OSList mailing list
>> To post send emails to OSList at lists.openspacetech.org
>> To unsubscribe send an email to OSList-leave at lists.openspacetech.org
>> To subscribe or manage your subscription click below:
>> Past archives can be viewed here: http://www.mail-archive.com/os
>> list at lists.openspacetech.org
> Michael M Pannwitz
> Draisweg 1, 12209 Berlin, Germany
> ++49 - 30-772 8000
> Check out the Open Space World Map presently showing 436 resident Open
> Space Workers in 68 countries working in a total of 144 countries
> worldwide: www.openspaceworldmap.org
> OSList mailing list
> To post send emails to OSList at lists.openspacetech.org
> To unsubscribe send an email to OSList-leave at lists.openspacetech.org
> To subscribe or manage your subscription click below:
> Past archives can be viewed here: http://www.mail-archive.com/os
> list at lists.openspacetech.org
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
More information about the OSList