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Upcoming Practical Social Network Analysis Workshop

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —January 31, 2007
Filed in Events

With Social Network Analysis (SNA), the technique of analysing and exploring social networks, experiencing a resurgence. I’m pleased to announce that I will be running a 2 day workshop titled “Practical Social Network Analysis: Skills and techniques for facilitating organisational change”. This workshop will be held in Melbourne on the 22nd and 23rd March. This practice […]

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Exploring the language of facilitation

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —January 29, 2007
Filed in Communication, Culture

Last week Johnnie Moore, Tom Guarriello and I connected (3 world times uniting) and had a great conversation exploring language of facilitation. Johnnie summed it up well with: It’s a suitably non-linear conversation touching on lots of themes – the power of metaphor, the role of narrative, and the impact of body language and silence. […]

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Exploring the language of facilitation

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —January 16, 2007
Filed in Communication, News

Do you facilitate groups? Have you ever thought about the language that you use whilst facilitating? What insights can language give you about your facilitation? We have just had an article published in the IAF Group Facilitation: A Research and Applications Journal titled “exploring the language of facilitation”. Some quotes from our paper: “Whilst language is […]

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How can you become a better facilitator?

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —December 16, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

Almost a month ago after identifying some metaphors which described various styles of facilitation (eg. Conductor, Chameleon, Dictator) I asked What kind of facilitator are you? Following on from this, Simon Kneebone and I delivered a session at the Australian Facilitators Conference in Geelong exploring facilitator archetypes through story. We’ll be publishing more around this in time to […]

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The Open Space Fishbowl – A new way to an energised conversation

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —December 7, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

A few months ago Larry Peterson and I discovered and tested a great way to apply the Principles and Law of Open Space Technology to a “fishbowl” to create a dynamic, energized conversation with a whole room of almost 200 people in a short time frame. Some of the participants said: “I really enjoyed the openness […]

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What kind of facilitator are you?

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —November 14, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling, Collaboration

At the upcoming Australian Facilitators conference I’m looking forward to the “Facilitator Archetypes” workshop that I’m running alongside a great cartoonist, Simon Kneebone. This workshop was inspired from some work we did earlier this year exploring language in facilitation. When I asked “what metaphor describes your style of facilitation” I had no idea it would […]

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Interested in Wellness?

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —November 14, 2006
Filed in Events

Then don’t miss out on the Third Annual Australian Wellness Conference to be held in Brisbane November 30 – December 1, 2006. The feature topics will span areas of personal wellness, self-management, worksite wellness, wellness coaching and wellness in the health professions.

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The Storytelling and Complexity Conference in New Mexico

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —October 31, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

What is the link between storytelling and complexity? This was the theme that found me travelling over 28 hours from Melbourne, Australia to Las Cruces, New Mexico to join with 38 other participants in the story circle. It was a fantastic conference. One of the highlights for me was the socratic circle process which opened up on the […]

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Some free eBook resources

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —October 22, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

Like they say, life is about timing. Coinciding with the launch of our recent ebook The ultimate guide to Anecdote Circles, Chris Corrigan has released an 81 page ebook called the Tao of holding space. Definitely worth a read for all those interested in Open Space.

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Which storybased techniques are most used?

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —October 10, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

Since completing our Australia wide survey on the attitudes and awareness of story and narrative approaches within organisations, I have been working my way through sharing the results. So far, the analysis has surfaced interesting results around: Australian managers intuit story most useful for culture change The 7 story forms valued within organisations The 5 ways […]

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