London, 25-26 June 2019
This two-day workshop is hosted by Tobias Mayer and facilitated by Francis Laleman.
By all means, facilitation is a gentle activity. To be honest, nobody is really sure what it means to facilitate or to be a facilitator, but most certainly it has something to do with making stuff easier.
Most surely, of dictionary definitions, there are many:
What isn't said, is that facilitation is a job for the humble. Decidedly, a court jester is very present and conspicuous, but he is the last to deem himself funny. What isn't said either, is that one cannot facilitate and manage at the same time. Or that facilitation does not mean leadership.
The programme of this workshop will follow a gently facilitated baseline.
And of course there will be plenty of facilitation done. By everyone.
Making stuff easier for ourselves and for each other.
After these two days, expect to have explored a kaleidoscope of cooperative learning. Expect to have become a jester. Expect to have rung your bell and turned your mirror. Expect to have become stronger in your facilitator's job—but also more gentle, perhaps more kind.
About the Facilitator
Francis Laleman started in the 1970s, travelling, researching, writing, storytelling and teaching Sanskrit, then moving on to working with the downtrodden in the urban slums of Northern India and spending extended periods of time in Buddhist monasteries.
Ever since, picking up inspiration from a variety of sources (from Helen Pankhurst, Mieko Kamiya and Rabindranath Tagore to Paulo Freire and Augusto Boal) Francis has been looking for novel methods and new meaning in the fields of education adult learning, and the facilitation of transformational dynamics—always preferring cooperative models over teacher/student duality, and practical implementation over theory and documentation.
Today, Francis keeps being on the move, from India to Japan to Europe and vice versa. He mainly works as a designer and facilitator of cooperative learning processes and learning cultures, and as a gentle facilitator of (Agile) transformation processes, all the time sourcing ideas from educational philosophies, (Zen) Buddhism, the shuhari learning process in traditional Japanese craftsmanship and other weirdly connected frameworks of thought.
Most probably, however, you will find him in a garden.
This is a rare opportunity to learn from a seasoned facilitator, whose deeply human-centric values have touched many of us in our recent interactions at the Reimagine Work and Scrum Exchange events. Highly recommended for scrum masters, educators, and anyone who works with groups.
The first five places are offered at a 33% discount, and there is a special rate for those on the scrum.academy scrum master journey.