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Thank you IAF

I'm a member of the International Association of Facilitators, a brilliant association that promotes the power of facilitation, so I felt really happy to receive, on the last day of 2015, a lovely certificate of appreciation.

Thanks especially to other IAF leaders and activists: Martin Farrell, Martin Gilbraith, Julia Goga Cooke, Anja Kantowski, Helga Brüggemann who I have worked closely with during 2015 on IAF activities.


User Centred Vision

Using Persona's in Visioning

Vision exercises help teams create 'desirable and appealing pictures of a future state'. Lego Serious Play can be a useful tool to help teams think about and quickly envision future scenarios.

Sometimes in visioning teams find it hard to tune in to a time scale that is neither too futuristic or too current. With a blank canvas people may think about the future from many different starting points.

Taking a user centred approach can help teams people about the future from the perspective of different stakeholder groups. At a recent workshop for PCMA participants were asked to form five groups and each group was given a different persona to work with.

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Facilitating Strategy

This week I ran a workshop at Wszechnica Uniwersytetu in Krawkow on facilitating strategy meetings and workshops. Participants asked for the slide deck, so please download it here.

You might also want to read my blog post '
A short history of leading change', and check out the methods posts I referred too.


Dialogue - A proposal

By David Bohm, Donald Factor and Peter Garrett


Dialogue, as we are choosing to use the word, is a way of exploring the roots of the many crises that face humanity today. It enables inquiry into, and understanding of, the sorts of processes that fragment and interfere with real communication between individuals, nations and even different parts of the same organization.


How to make a serious LEGO movie

Yesterday I facilitated an 'ExportJam' workshop commissioned by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI - a Government department) that aimed to generate ideas for how the UK can double exports by 2020.

At the workshop mid point we recorded stories that looked like this:

Lego Serious Play. A remarkably adult way of working

Adrian Crookes, (pictured) is a course leader at the London College of Communication. At the end of a workshop I facilitated this week, he reflected,

“I thought LEGO Serious play was a remarkably adult way of getting together to discuss issues and problems”. Conversely meetings using post-it notes and flip charts seem to infantilise by comparison.” Read More...

Vision, Values and Behaviours Workshop using Lego Serious Play


ProMeet recently completed an assignment for the Intercontinental Hotels Company.

Read our new case study of this assignment.

IMEX Association Day: Next Generation Associations


IMEX Frankfurt is the ‘worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meeting and events’, and each year c.300 association executives from 40 countries gather the day before IMEX to learn from each other during ‘Association Day”.

The Mighty Power Of The Humble Gridcard

This is a gridcard. It’s made from 160 gsm (gram per square meter) paper and is A6 (105mm x 148mm) in size.

It’s just a piece of paper for people to write things on, but this simple device has eight ways to help you have better meetings. Used well, gridcards will:

10 Ways To (Politely) Get Someone To Shut Up

At last nights IAF (International Association of Facilitators) London “Meet Up” Sharon O’Regan asked us to share ideas for how to handle a person in a meeting who won’t shut up.

Photo credit, image from Lynettes Blog.

DENSO Leadership Conference - in pictures

Read a letter from DENSO following this conference.

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What happens at a Lego Serious Play MeetUp?

The Lego Serious Play London MeetUp run regular mini meets.

These are about two and a half hours in duration, and introduce people to a range of the
application techniques that Lego Serious Play uses.

Here are a few photos from a recent MeetUp, which took the subject of government as the theme.

Warm Up Challenge 1: Building a tower

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What is Focused Discussion? (ORID)


Helping diverse groups to get to consensus
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