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IAF Chicago Chapter
Welcome to the IAF Chicago Chapter!
The purpose of the IAF Chicago Chapter is to foster the growth of the field of facilitation and all related practitioners, processes, technology, and research, by providing a mechanism for networking, exchanging, and sharing best facilitation practices.
The purposes of the IAF Chicago Chapter is to support and further, to the best of IAF Chicago's ability, the purposes of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF), to include:
- Giving credibility to and furthering the work of the field of professional group facilitation.
- Providing a network to foster interchange between practitioners of facilitation.
- Developing appropriate opportunities, methodologies, models, tools and modes that support the practice of exemplary participatory facilitation.
- Promoting international support and interchange among practitioners of facilitation.
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IAF Chicago Chapter CONVERSATIONS:
Every other month the IAF Chicago Chapter holds conversations discussing a variety of subjects related to facilitation. Each conversation is hosted live at multiple locations in the Chicago area.
5th CHAPTER CONVERSATION
Topic: Introduction to FoCuSeDTM Presence
Facilitated by: Sean Rush
Introduction to FoCuSeDTM Presence
Learn how stage presence and enhanced presentation skills can make you a better Facilitator. Practice techniques to help feel more confident in front of a group and enhance your facilitation.
Sean Rush will introduce FoCuSeDTM Presence - this should be exciting as he is applying his experience on stage to help Facilitators feel more comfortable in front of a group of people.
Sean Rush - Facilitator/Trainer
Sean has a Bachelor's of Music in Piano Performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts/Roosevelt University. He has performed at various concerts, including his debut at Teatro Tapia in San Juan, Puerto Rico. As a performer, Sean brings his stage presence skills to present "Introduction to FoCuSeDTM Presence".
IAF Chicago Chapter Conversation - FoCuSeDTM Presence
4th CHAPTER CONVERSATION
Topic: The Share and New Dialogue Concept
Facilitated by: Matt Sweeney
The PCP Method for Dialogue Across Ideological differences
The Public Conversations Project (PCP) method is used to bring together people of very opposing values and allow
them to communicate and understand where each person is coming from in order to create human relationships
and understandings. The PCP method, which has its roots in family systems therapy, was first used in a series of
now famous dialogues between anti-abortion and pro-choice activists in Boston. For a brief description, see this
article from Participedia.
Matt Sweeney, who used this approach in the recent “Beyond Polarization Dialogues” for Milwaukee’s Frank
Zeidler Center for Public Discussion, will briefly explain the PCP method and then demonstrate its use with an
actual dialogue on the controversial topic of immigration.
If you are an experienced facilitator and would like to be part of the volunteer facilitation team for this event,
please let Gary Rush know before February 14. You will receive briefing materials and guidance in how to facilitate
a PCP dialogue.
Matt Sweeney is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Matt has worked in community
education and civic engagement throughout the Americas, with organizations such as Citizen Schools, SER,
UNESCO, Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, the Frank Zeidler Center for Public
Discussion, and Citizen Bridges International. Awarded a 2009-2011 Rotary World Peace Fellowship, he recently
earned a Master of Arts in International Relations at La Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Matt
lives in Chicago, where his work supports public dialogue and decision-making processes, and citizens' diplomacy.
IAF Chicago Chapter Conversation - PCP Method
3rd CHAPTER CONVERSATION
Topic: Group Interaction Workshop
Facilitated by: Paul Collins (LinkedIn Profile)
Paul Collins (Jordan-Webb) conducted a Group Interaction Workshop that is critical for surfacing key assumptions and behaviors that exist within individuals, within groups and within all levels of organizations. Used early in a session (or retreat), this activity demonstrated how such assumptions and behaviors affect our abilities to identify and move towards a win-win outcome. The exercise required participants to work in sub-groups towards achieving a well-defined goal.
Participants benefited from this exercise as its scope covered a wide variety of functional and developmental areas including (but not limited to) decision-making, collaboration, leadership, strategy, performance, ethics, communication and cultural awareness. A facilitated debriefing on observations and lessons learned followed the exercise. Participants received an information packet with instructions on how to conduct the exercise and a discussion guide for how to conduct the debriefing.
A COMPLETE SUCCESS!!
Meeting Notes and Video will be available shortly
Group Facilitation Symposium, Fall 2012
Jointly Sponsored by the DePaul University Continuing and Professional Education and
International Association of Facilitators, IAF – Chicago Chapter
“Critical Fundamentals Serving a Connected Workforce”
Management guru, Peter Drucker said it best of our working environment: "In the industrial age, the worker served the organization. In the knowledge era, the organization serves the worker." Our facilitators' community has a major challenge ahead to establish the importance, value and contribution that the skills of facilitation practitioners bring to our highly connected world. Drucker would probably affirm any practice dedicated to listening to individuals AND orchestrating those talents into high performing synergy. That is what we do! This one day symposium will contribute in a small way to improving your skills, expanding your vision of what our critical mission is and exposing you to a radical form of group collaboration.
Jim Troxel, M.A.
Gary Rush, CPF
Friday, November 9, 2012 DePaul University Richard M. and Maggie C. Daley Building 14 East Jackson, Room 806 8:30am to 6:00pm Registration Fee: $60 (0.8 CEU’s)
2nd CHAPTER CONVERSATION
Topic: Collaboration - what is it, how is it measured, and how do you know it happens?
Our second chapter conversation was be facilitated by Gary Rush, IAF CPF and graphically recorded by Brandy Agerbeck. The meeting was geared towards professional development. The remaining minutes were be spent finalizing our plans for the November 9th Facilitator Symposium with DePaul.
1st CHAPTER CONVERSATION A SUCCESS!
August 24, 2012 Dan Heck presented on our first successful Chapter
Conversation hosted by the Institute of Cultural Affairs in Chicago.
Click below for a summary of what happened!
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