Facilitation Lab: Unlock New Thinking through Serious Play
A growing body of research supports the notion that the non-judgmental environment of play is more likely to foster surprising and innovative ideas. When we’re playing, our defenses come down and we’re more open to explore new ideas. Being in a playful mode fosters creativity because it emphasizes possibility and exploration.
In this workshop you’ll learn how to
Introduce and structure a serious play session
How to thinking with your hands
A technique for revealing the diversity of thought within the group
How to use metaphor and storytelling to explore a challenge
What you’ll need: 15-20 legos. If you don’t have legos or playdoh, no problem. A piece of paper and colored pencils or markers will work just as well.
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.
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.
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
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
who want to gain feedback & uncover new resources with forward-thinking activities
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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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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Bring Your Ideas to Life
Innovation can seem complex or reserved for the exceptional. But we believe innovation is for everyone. We’ve set out to illuminate a path for you to generate bold ideas, visualize and share them, overcome obstacles, and turn them into reality. Our books are equal parts guidebook and stories from years of experience helping companies adopt an innovation mindset and culture. They’re practical & actionable, so you can get started now. We hope they’ll help you on your journey to realizing your biggest, boldest ideas.