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Facilitating Adult Learning For Social Change (FALSCH) Session Planning Template

Title: Facilitation #4: Training Facilitative Leadership for Emergence for CDRA Time: Four-day session, Day one outline (45 min. for opening activity) Participants: Funders from northern NGOs; South African government representatives from
ministries of Health, Community Development, and Social Reconstruction; Local Southern African NGO leaders, Local youth from the community.

Facilitators Intentions (Whats behind the curtain?): working out of a

developmental approach which sees individual and groups as already developing, and thus we as facilitators are intervening at a point in its development. We will look at the role of the facilitator in facilitating emergent, unfolding processes.

Learning Objectives/Participants Take Away:

The context of development and social process what is our struggle and why are we drawn to emergent approaches Theoretical perspectives to emergent thinking and concepts developed out of emergent social approaches The conditions for facilitating emergence in organizations Developing and co-creating effective meta-skills in working with an emergent approach Group theory, the role of groups, group leaders and the role of leadership in groups The emerging organization elements of emergent organizations Theories of change and how this relates to working with emergent change

Materials: Flipcharts, Markers, Notecards, Post-its, Session-Planning Templates, Position Paper

Templates, and Tape

Agenda Overview: Day One of a Four-Day Session

Activity Time Needed 45 minutes 30 minutes Materials/Resources

Opening Session Staff Introduction & Day 1/Training Overview Team Table Exercise/Discussion

*Detail included below in second table n/a

30 minutes 10 groups of 4: Development struggles w/

relation to emergence Break Interactive Lecture Energizer/Afternoon Agenda 15 minutes 40 minutes Theories of development and emergence 20 minutes Energizers lead by each participant group of 4


60 minutes

Team Building Exercise Guided Discussion

15 minutes Pair Drawing 15 minutes Facilitation Activity outline

Group Facilitation Planning

45 minutes Distribute planning templates to participant groups 15 minutes


Implement Facilitation Activity

90 minutes Among super groups of 8 participants (groups of 4 each join with another group) 30 minutes Have a participant record each days big ideas on a community Google Doc.

Big Ideas


Agenda Overview: Day Ones Opening Session (45min)

Activity Introduction/Icebreaker Position Paper Appreciative Interview Time Needed 10 minutes 12 minutes (3 minutes per person in groups of 4) Materials/Resources Name Tags and Markers Position Paper Templates and Pens

Group Sharing Activity

15 minutes

Large Open Space

Observer Mural

Continuous throughout facilitation 8 minutes

Large Sheets of Flipchart Paper, Wall, and Tape n/a


Detailed Description of Activities for Day One Opening Session:

Introduction/Icebreaker: When everyone walks into the room and signs-in, request that they write their name and three things that they are passionate about on their name tags. Encourage each individual to find three people to talk with based on their passions written on their name tags. The purpose of this exercise is to begin to build trust and encourage the group to communicate, and build on their interests. **Each name tag will have a number 1-10 which will determine the small groups later on in the day, ideally, there will be groups of 4 individuals each. After the icebreaker, in order to begin establishing a safe, open environment, we will go over ground rules and ask participants to add and subtract rules, and agree on a final version of ground rules before moving on to the next exercise. Position Paper Appreciative Interview: Position papers prompt participants to map out who they are, which organization they represent, what their values of development are, and what their vision of the future is. Distribute position paper templates to each individual and briefly describe the activity. After giving time for each individual to complete their respective position paper, each person will have 5 minutes to share aspects of their position papers within smaller groups of 4 participants each. Group Sharing Activity: After the small group story sharing, we will come together in plenary in a circle. One by one each participant will enter the middle, and will be described by those around the circle, shouting out short blurbs of information shared during the smaller group sharing, so that the larger group as a whole has a chance to learn about and familiarize themselves with each individual in the room. Observer Mural: Our facilitation will have an observer/note taker that listens for big ideas within smaller and larger group discussions, and then maps them on the wall in a visual, illustrative mural. The illustrator will write down, illustrate and animate thoughts and ideas as they are being spoken, ensuring that participants feel that their voices, ideas and thoughts are both valued and valuable. This is a continuous process that starts from the introduction of the illustrator until the end of the day. The ideas on the mural will build throughout this 45-minute opening session during day one of the training, and will be discussed at the close of these introductory exercises. Closure/Debrief: A group discussion will be facilitated to reflect on the previous exercises, as well

as reflect upon the opening sessions thoughts and ideas as illustrated within the mural created by the designated observer throughout this session.

Notes To My FALSCH Self (Am I walking the talk?):

How does my content address issues of power and privilege in society? Does it help to build more inclusive, equitable and sustainable communities, societies and social institution? The 45-minute opening session focused on creating trust and encouraging understanding within the group helps to foster a safe environment in which to address potential issues of power, as well as brings to light each individuals vision for the future, values, role in society, and identity. Bringing together government representatives, NGOs, community leaders, and youth from the community for a training on facilitation based upon emergent development approaches certainly enables communities to become more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable by assuring that meetings within the community facilitated by participants also balance power and privilege in society, and follow the FALSH principles. How do my facilitation strategies address issues of power, privilege and participation in the session? Are we walking the talk? During the smaller and larger group discussions within the opening session, participants will be given equal amounts of chips that they can lay down in the center of the group each time they speak, to ensure participation and power are balanced. During the entirety of day ones activities, after the opening session, the same strategy will be used during the team table exercise/discussion, as well as the interactive lecture and guided discussion. Since the main activity of the day is a facilitation carried out by each group, and since the training follows FALSCH principles, each group will have a chance to facilitate, while in practice balancing power, privilege, and participation in each of the smaller group sessions.