Dynamic Facilitation

What is Dynamic Facilitation?

Dynamic Facilitation is a natural way of facilitating people to address difficult issues, even those that seem impossible. The dynamic facilitator uses a number of charts to frame the conversation so all comments, even when people are deeply conflicted, are helpful and productive. He or she establishes a zone of thinking and talking known as “choice-creating,” where unanimous conclusions emerge via shifts, insights and breakthroughs . Dynamic Facilitation relies on the skills of the facilitator not on rules, guidelines, or agendas so ordinary, untrained people can just speak their minds in addressing these difficult issues. Some results are:

• People reach unanimous conclusions
• They become involved and empowered
• They come together as “We”
• They solve “impossible” issues
• They build a meaningful story that others resonate to

Dynamic Facilitation works best when people care about the issue they are addressing, when they have energy for solving it. Then it’s like a crisis situation where people rise to the occasion, pull together and accomplish miracles. “Choice-creating” is like a combination of dialogue and deliberation. It is transformational like dialogue, yet it also yields joint decisions like deliberation.

The DF’er starts by helping people determine an issue they really care about, whether it seems solvable or not. Then he or she helps them say what is on their minds and hearts. She uses four charts for creating lists of: Solutions, Problem-statements, Data, and Concerns. A fifth chart of Choices or Outcomes is added as group conclusions emerge.

Some times the results take the form of new ideas; other times they bring a new sense of what the “real problem” is; or there is a change of heart.

How does it work?

Rather than asking people to limit themselves — to hold back their emotions, to stay on the agenda, to abide by guidelines, or to follow the agenda — the dynamic facilitator frames the conversation so all comments are helpful and productive. He or she establishes a zone of thinking and talking known as “choice-creating,” where shifts, insights and breakthroughs are frequent. Dynamic Facilitation works for ordinary people. They don’t need to be trained, part of a community of shared values, or to commit to special guidelines of behavior. It’s up to the DF’er to help create a zone of choice-creating, where they reach better, unanimous solutions faster.

Dynamic Facilitation works best when people care about the issue they are addressing, when they have energy for solving it. Then it’s like a crisis situation where people rise to the occasion, pull together and accomplish miracles. “Choice-creating” is like a combination of dialogue and deliberation. It is transformational like dialogue, yet it also yields joint decisions like deliberation.

The DF’er starts by helping people determine an issue they really care about, whether it seems solvable or not. Then he or she helps them say what is on their minds and hearts. She uses four charts for creating lists of: Solutions, Problem-statements, Data, and Concerns. A fifth chart of Choices or Outcomes is added as group conclusions emerge.

Some times the results take the form of new ideas; other times they bring a new sense of what the “real problem” is; or there is a change of heart.

ALL TEXT TAKEN FROM http://www.wisedemocracy.org/breakthrough/DynFacil.html

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