Earlier this year Brian Bainbridge and I ran an open space event with a group of highly experienced facilitators exploring “Ways to even better NRM facilitation”.
One topic raised was ‘What is facilitation?’ We explored this using Bruce McKenzie’s conversation mapping technique and what emerged was that facilitation is considered a fat word. That is, a word overused and abused and one which seems to hold way too much meaning for its own good. What I also found interesting was that our group of “facilitators” decided they wanted to change the language and become known as “Passionista’s” rather than be associated with this troublesome label and word “facilitation”. I must admit, I am still slightly baffled by the ‘Passionista’ label.
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