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Annual Conference - the Power and Practice of Facilitation


Annual Conference - the Power and Practice of Facilitation

Join us to celebrate and promote the power of facilitation, and to connect, network and learn with other IAF facilitators & friends from across England & Wales and beyond!

For International Facilitation Week 2019 we extend our annual all-day all England & Wales networking & learning meetup to two full days of annual conference on the theme "The Power and Practice of Facilitation".  

The programme!

We are excited to offer a diverse range of highly interactive, peer-led parallel sessions for you to choose from - common to previous years' annual all-day meetups, and our regular afternoon networking & learning meetups #IAFMeetup around the country.

Click on the schedule images (or click here) for full details of parallel sessions, now complete:

1a. "Building in-house facilitation capacity" with Penny Walker CPF

1b. "What Clients Want (but may not say...)" with Paul Brand CPF of Risk Solutions & Andrew Chilvers of the Royal Academy of Engineering

1c. "The rise of citizens' assemblies" with Suzannah Lansdell of Involve

1d. "Power & Practice of LEGO Serious Play" with Sean Blair CPF of ProMeet 

2a. “Facilitating in Nature - how and why” with Jenny Archard of Neroche Woodlanders and Alex Williams of Muddy Feet Training

2b. "Tech - Unleash the power of ideas " with Kim Jones of iDeeter 

2c. "Participation is one thing - true engagement, brain, body & belief is something else" with Keith Warren-Price of PinPoint Facilitation

2d. "The Facilitator’s inner and outer dialogue" with Justine Marchant CPF of CircleIndigo

3a. "A brief introduction to Liberating Structures" with Gary Austin CPF | M of CircleIndigo [replacing "Joy in facilitation - a laughter yoga perspective" with Joe Hoare] 

3b. "Co-Facilitation: The Power of 2" with Dawn Williams of Blue Cabin and Mary Robson of the Institute of Medical Humanities at Durham University

3c. "Podcasting for advocacy and self-development" with Pilar Orti of Virtual Not Distant

3d. "Enhancing Facilitation using Personality Principles" with Ayleen Wisudha of Lumina  

4a. "Skills for the future in a world of AI " with Jane Mitchell & Jonathan Bannister of Make Happy 

4b. "Facilitation in challenging environments - the Refugee Youth Service in Calais" with Camilla Gordon

4c."Visual capture of difference and debate" with Rob Walsh of Simply Change

4d. "Blending analogue with digital to achieve visual collaboration, anywhere" with Jon Knight of Ascentae 

In addition, this year, you can expect:

an opening keynote session on Friday morning, with a panel of speakers sharing stories of the power of facilitation from the client perspective - including Andrew Chilvers of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Jo Murphy of the Environment Agency and Ian Hutchinson, Head of Water Recycling Operations in the Anglian Water @one Alliance.

facilitated 'Open Space' sessions on Saturday, for participants to raise and address topics of their own, and/or to attend repeats of a few of the most popular of Friday's parallel sessions. Penny Walker CPF will offer a session on the IAF Professional Development Pathway (ProPath)

a prize raffle on Saturday afternoon with prizes including facilitation kit from Pinpoint Facilitation, an Insights Profile from Steve Lloyd CPF and Lumina Spark Personality Portrait from Gary Austin CPF, copies of  Diverging Conversations through Facilitation and Change Management for Sustainable Development from Penny Walker CPF, ToP facilitation training from Martin Gilbraith CPF; and from Kim Jones of iDeeter a one-hour telephone consultation on Question Design and copies of "A more beautiful question, the power of inquiry to spark breakthrough ideas" and "Humble Inquiry:the Gentle art of asking instead of telling".

'Dine Around' small group networking dinner for conference delegates on Friday evening 

FacWeek pre-conference dinner meetup from 7.30pm on Thursday evening (non-delgates welcome) 

cake (obvs)

Please bring your own smartphone or tablet in order to participate fully when we use iDeeter in the Digital Brainstorming session and in plenary. 

To connect and share with each other online please add a comment to the Annual Conference event page on one of our regional meetup groups - London & SE, South West, Midlands & East, North of England & Wales, or our new sister groups in Ireland& Scotland 

We are grateful to Pinpoint Facilitation for providing conference equipment and stationery, as well as a raffle prize. 

Registrations, fees & discounts and accommodation

Register now for both days, or just for Friday or Saturday. Our low, break-even registration fees include lunches and morning & afternoon refreshments but not evening meals or accommodation. 

There are many hotels and short-stay apartments within a few mintes walk of the venue, including for example the Travelodge Birmingham Central Bull Ring and  Ibis Birmingham New Street Station Hotel.

Discounts for early registrations closed in early August, however 25% off all rates is still available to IAF members - please ask for the promotional code if you have not received it. If you are not yet an IAF member and would like to join, you can save a whopping 25% on your first year's membership if you buy it when you register for both days. Learn more about IAF membership.

IAF England & Wales

We are around 95 members of the International Association of Facilitators, including 21 IAF Certified Professional Facilitators (CPFs), spread throughout England & Wales and beyond. We convene regular, open face-to-face facilitation meetups for "IAF facilitators & friends" through 5 regional meetup groups around the country - London & SE, South West, Midlands & East, North of England & Wales. Join us online as well in our Facebook and LinkedIn groups, and by following on Twitter and Instagram, and see also our new sister groups in Ireland & Scotland.

International Facilitation Week

The purpose of International Facilitation Week #FacWeek is to showcase the power of facilitation to both new and existing audiences and to create a sense of community among facilitators and their groups worldwide.

International Facilitation Week is 7-13 October in 2019 - however we have scheduled our annual #FacWeek event in the 3rd week of October as usual.
Ticket Information Ticket Price
Friday & Saturday GBP 120
Friday only GBP 75
Saturday only GBP 75
Friday & Saturday plus 25% off your first year's IAF membership GBP 245

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