Teambuilding and "Graphic Facilitation"
December 30, 2010
During a recent IATF Visiting Faculty Member TeleSeminar, Breah Livolsi Parker of BlipStudio.com provided live Graphic Facilitation which enhanced the event greatly. CLICK HERE to view the results of her work.
Graphic Facilitators like Breah help facilitators, trainers, coaches and educators create a deeper, more profound learning experience. The article below by Geoff Ball will help you understand what Graphic Facilitation is, why it's important to our work with teams, and how you might be able to employ this work with the teams you serve.
Graphic Facilitation Focuses A Group's Thoughts
By Geoff Ball
Did you ever wish there were a better way to capture and organize a group's ideas during a meeting than by taking endless notes on flipcharts?
Well, now there is. It's called "graphic facilitation," and it's growing in use and popularity. In a nutshell, graphic facilitation involves recording and organizing a group's ideas with graphics and icons on large sheets of butcher paper.
The real appeal of graphic facilitation is that it's more than just a fancy way to take notes; it's a technique for helping groups reach consensus and resolve disputes.
In an environmental regulatory agency, for example, employees in the inspector general's office and in one of the regional offices were continually at odds with each other. Over time, the conflict between the two offices became so acrimonious that a number of employees in the inspector general's office came down with stress-related psychosomatic illnesses. To begin resolving the difficulties, a fellow dispute resolution practitioner and I were called in.
The conflict centered around the agency's process for making multi-million dollar investments in infrastructure projects -- projects that typically took nine years from start to finish. The regional office was responsible for doling out money to contractors and overseeing the projects. The inspector general's office was charged with looking for instances of "waste, fraud, and corruption" that occurred in the course of the nine-year process.
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