Facilitation Lab

Facilitation Lab: Toggling Between Wonder & Rigor to Solve Problems

Natalie Nixon

Creativity is a not a “woo-woo” nice to have; it’s a must have competency. In this session you’ll learn that there’s a solid bold line between creativity and business impact- not a fuzzy dotted line. Learn a more expansive way to think about creativity: as your ability to toggle between wonder and rigor to solve problems. You’ll be equipped with the WonderRigor™ framework as a tool for foresight and learn 4 domains to apply for strategically reframing challenges.

Date

June 23, 2022

Time

1pm-3pm CST​

Location

Live Online

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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

A withhold is a thought, feeling, or fact that you choose not to share with someone that impacts the quality of your connection, integrity, aliveness, personal growth, or shareholder value. All human relationships participate in withholding and the workplace is a hotbed for withholds. Research in psychological safety shows that the highest performing teams have a high capacity for revealing withholds. Learn with Garrett to understand more about Social Architect and "withhold culture" in this session.

How You'll Learn

The workshop will be activity-based with facilitation simulations and collaborative sessions. You’ll recognize, practice, and design your workshops based on key learning experience design principles. We won’t just talk at you — you’ll learn through doing, work with other participants, and get feedback. There will be plenty of time for Q&A, so you can learn in real-time from a master facilitator with tons of experience running hundreds of workshops at some of the world’s largest institutions and enterprises.

Agenda

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

Team Managers & Leads

who want to learn more & benefit from the power of facilitation practice

UX Designers

who want to expand their facilitation skillset while gaining inspiration of new approaches

Experienced & New Facilitators

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

Teachers

who want to gain feedback & uncover new resources with forward-thinking activities

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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Hassan Ghiassi

Hassan Ghiassi is the Vice President of Relationships at Voltage Control and has the exciting role of diving deep to truly understand what our partners and facilitators are experiencing and how we can best serve them. Our leadership team is made up of master Facilitators in Design Sprints, Innovation Acceleration, Team Alignment, Meeting Systems, Culture Transitions, and Change Transformations. Motivated by a mission to rid the world of horrible meetings and offer meaningful magical meetings in their place, Voltage Control is calling upon fellow facilitators to transform meeting and innovation culture. From free weekly community meetups to Control the Room–the annual facilitator summit, Voltage Control is building a community of facilitators to change the world. Outside of Voltage Control, I’m also the Founder of Aristotle’s Cafe where our mission is to improve community, state, and national discourse with Facilitation, questions, communication, and empathy.

Natalie Nixon

Natalie Nixon, PhD is “the creativity whisperer for the C-Suite”. She is a creativity strategist who advises leaders on achieving transformative business results by applying wonder & rigor. She is a highly sought after global keynote speaker, valued for her accessible expertise on creativity, the future of work and innovation.

Natalie was selected for Real Leaders’ “Top 50 Keynote Speakers in the World for 2022” list; and has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company and INC. She is the author of the award-winning The Creativity Leap – an honoree in the creativity category of Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards. Her firm, Figure 8 Thinking, was named among the top 20 women-led innovation firms in 2021 by Core 77. Clients have included Microsoft, Salesforce, Comcast, Citrix, Morrison & Foerster, Living Cities, VaynerMedia and Bloomberg.

A hybrid thinker, Natalie consistently applies her background in cultural anthropology, fashion, design thinking and dance. She is an early-stage investor at two social impact ventures, valued for her ability to work at the intersection of commercial value and stakeholder equity.
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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