Facilitation Lab

Facilitation Lab Seattle

Practice Playground

In Partnership With The Seattle Public Library and Miro

May 7, 2024
5:30pm - 7:30pm PT​

Seattle, WA

1000 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
A dynamic space dedicated to facilitators seeking to refine and enhance their skills in a hands-on, interactive practice environment.

At Practice Playground, facilitators come together to explore, experiment, and evolve their craft. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or new to the field, this lab offers an unparalleled opportunity to practice in real-time, receive constructive feedback, and learn from peers.

Come prepared to practice a variety of facilitation techniques, from traditional methods to cutting-edge approaches. The environment is designed to be safe, supportive, and conducive to growth, allowing you to try new strategies, fine-tune your skills, and gain confidence in your facilitation abilities.
May 7, 2024
5:30pm - 7:30pm PT​

Seattle, WA

1000 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
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About Facilitation Lab Seattle

Facilitation Lab Seattle is a monthly in-person 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 Seattle hosted by Erik. Voltage Control hosts Faciliation Lab HQ, and there are other meetups around the globe hosted by Facilitation Lab regional leads. See the region map for a complete 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.


Impromptu Networking
We’ll open with some connections to give you an opportunity to meet other community members
Idea Marketplace & Voting
Everyone shares their practice areas and opportunities for growth edges and we vote on the top ones.
Practice & Role Play
Participants take turns facilitating a method or the group role-playing a real-life facilitation scenario
Reflect, Debrief, & Commit
We’ll end with an opportunity for some quiet reflection, group debriefing, and solo commitments

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

Gain hands-on experience with a spectrum of facilitation techniques, from classic to cutting-edge.
Receive immediate, constructive feedback in a nurturing environment to refine your facilitation skills.
Explore the depths of your existing facilitation knowledge and boost your confidence through low-stakes practice sessions.
Realize the potential to learn from anyone, appreciating the value of diverse experiences and perspectives.

Featured Facilitators

Erik Skogsberg
Erik believes that a deep empathy and caring, rooted in human-centered design, systems thinking, and futures thinking best supports partners in finding their solutions. Erik is passionate about supporting clients imagining innovative approaches to complex organizational challenges.

Trained as an educator, designer, researcher, and change agent, he brings significant teaching, design, mentoring, professional learning and development, organizational change, and research experiences from across secondary, higher education, non-profit, and industry contexts. Whether working with individuals, teams, or organizations, he helps people design lasting growth and innovation. Prior to working with Voltage Control, he co-founded Michigan State University’s Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology, an internal design consultancy focused on learning experience design, innovation, and organizational transformation.

He earned his B.A. in English Literature from Western Washington University, M.A.T. in Secondary English Education from Brown University, and Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education.
Paula Rosecky
Paula Rosecky is a seasoned qualitative research expert and customer insights strategist, known for guiding corporate strategy through deep consumer understanding. Her expertise centers on revealing motivations, emotions, and behaviors within diverse demographic segments. Proficient in a variety of qualitative methodologies including ethnographic research, contextual inquiries, in-depth interviews, and focus groups, Paula excels at comprehensively assessing brand perceptions and decision-making. Her ability to translate findings into compelling narratives has shaped strategies for companies in the consumer products, technology, and healthcare sectors. Known for uncovering hidden potential, Paula also mentors individuals pursuing their personal and professional goals.
Erin (E.J.) Peterschick
A reformed politico, Erin (EJ) Peterschick found her way from electoral politics and public policy into adult learning in 2009. People positive and complexity conscious, Erin strives to design learning experiences that help people and organizations bring their boldest and best ideas to life. She has spent the better part of the last decade focused on innovation, disruption, developing leaders and the future of work. Exploring these themes as a facilitator and learning experiences designer she has worked with a variety of clients from Microsoft and Boeing to the Army Corps of Engineers, WA State Department of Commerce, Rocky Mountain Institute and more. From 2015 – 2024 she ran a conference for learning and development professionals focused on innovation, disruption, and building the L&D community. A native of Spokane, Erin has lived and worked in several countries outside the US but will always consider the beautiful Pacific Northwest home. She lives in Sammamish, WA with her husband Craig and beloved rescue dog, Bean.

In Partnership With

The Seattle Public Library
The Seattle Public Library, established in 1890, is a pivotal institution in Seattle, Washington, serving its community with 27 branches and a vast collection of over 2.3 million items. It is renowned for its iconic Central Library, designed by Rem Koolhaas, which reflects a commitment to modern architecture and community space. The library provides extensive resources, including books, digital media, and specialized collections, while fostering educational programs and community engagement
Miro is an online workspace for innovation that is visually reminiscent to whiteboards we have in meeting rooms. All the tools are located on the left side of the screen. And it allows you to add various content from texts to images, create maps and diagrams, and work with visual templates together with a team.

What People are Saying

"In a world where we tend to connect digitally, it's so important to still come together, especially in a shared community where we're learning from each other and we're also affirming each other. So, coming here is worth the travel. It's worth being in the presence of others. You can't replicate that in a digital forum."

Susan Wilson-Golab
Bloomfield Hills Schools

"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."

Facilitation Lab Attendee
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