Facilitation Lab HQ: Unlocking Leadership Potential with Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS)

Facilitator: Hannah Baker

Embark on a transformative journey into innovation and facilitative leadership through the lens of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), a facilitation methodology. Explore how this discussion methodology, initially designed for art museums, can revolutionize your leadership and problem-solving approach.

Join us for a live VTS demonstration to witness its power in action. Learn how to guide engaging discussions around stimuli, whether artwork, business artifacts, or other objects, and discover the benefits of incorporating VTS into your facilitation toolkit.

Discover the advantages of VTS, such as:
  • Enhancing observation and communication skills
  • Navigating ambiguity effectively
  • Increasing active participation in discussions


Facilitation Lab HQ is a virtual meetup focused on helping facilitators & collaborative leaders connect with peers in a supportive and inspiring facilitation playground.

We gather to experience and explore all aspects of facilitation, including Liberating Structures, Game Storming, Thinking Wrong, MG Taylor, Improv, and much more.

At each meeting, we rotate topics and approaches, from highlighting practitioners sharing tips and tricks to open facilitation practice where you get hands-on with new tools and concepts.

In addition to Facilitation Lab HQ hosted by Voltage Control, there are meetups around the globe hosted by Facilitation Lab regional leads. See the region map for a full list of all active meetups.

Join the Facilitation Lab Community Hub to connect asynchronously with the facilitation community and get reminders of all upcoming events.


January 18, 2024


1pm - 3pm CT​


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What to expect

What to Expect

We offer opportunities for facilitators to gather in a safe judgement-free zone to learn from experts and one another. Our community offers many levels of engagement and exclusive resources for facilitators, whether you are a beginner or a Master Facilitator. Our weekly Facilitation Lab makes up 5 key segments: impromptu networking, our guest facilitator session activity, community critique, a weekly giveaway, & After Hours. Come & network with facilitators from around the globe and expand your facilitator toolbelt from each Lab experience!

What You'll Learn

In the Facilitation Lab, you will learn to elevate your skills in facilitation and collaborative leadership. This global community offers a vibrant and dynamic environment where both new and experienced facilitators can grow and develop their craft. You will have the opportunity to explore and learn a variety of practices and techniques that are essential for effective facilitation, ranging from fundamental concepts for beginners to advanced strategies for seasoned practitioners.

How You'll Learn

The learning experience in the Facilitation Lab is designed to be interactive and community-driven. You will learn through weekly virtual meetups that provide a supportive space for facilitators and collaborative leaders to connect and practice their skills. These meetups act as a playground, where you can engage with peers, receive prompts, and participate in hands-on activities.


Impromptu Networking

Engage with everyone in the community during a quick round of introductions to network and begin our time together

Guest Facilitator Session

Experience the lead facilitator's activity & method to engage together as a community.

Rose, Thorn, Bud Critique

Share your feedback as a community and offer expressions of tangible takeaways to our lead facilitator.

After Hours

Stay awhile & chat post-session about your experience in the Lab.

Who Should Attend

Experienced & New Facilitators

Who want to level up their facilitation skills and enhance their facilitation tool belt

Chiefs of Staff

Who want to align and support initiatives across departments

Product & Project Managers

Who want to steer stakeholders to the best outcomes

Teachers & Trainers

Who want to design the most impactful learning

Key Takeaways

Discover what withholds are getting in the way of your life, career, and intimacy

Learn how to transform a Raw Withhold into a Skilled Withhold

Get a peek into the most advanced conscious communication skills training available

Practice a facilitation skill to have a room of crickets speak up

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Chris Federer

Chris has helped design and facilitate Unconferences, Design Sprints, Team Alignment, Kickoffs, Business Strategy, and Collaboration Training for companies such as Dell, Alliant Insurance, Snap, and FAI just to name a few. His previous roles include Design Sprint Facilitator, Community Builder, UX Designer, Program Director, and Event Director.

Hannah Baker

Hannah Baker, co-founder of Fountain Institute, is a seasoned digital design expert with 15+ years of experience creating engaging learning experiences. With a Masters in Education focused on Visual Thinking Strategies, she is a facilitation expert passionate about empowering individuals. Hannah’s insights have helped countless individuals enhance their facilitation, problem-solving, and collaboration skills. She is committed to helping others unlock their full potential.
What People Are Saying

"I always enjoy the opportunity to network with other facilitators in the Facilitation Lab. I've gained so much knowledge from other attendees' insights & experiences each and every week in our community."


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A key part of our mission is to support diverse facilitators from different methodologies, backgrounds, races, genders, sexual orientations, cultures, and ages. If you are a part of, or serve, a traditionally underrepresented group and feel that this scholarship would allow you to amplify this mission, please apply now.

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