School of Continuing Studies

XCOA-901 the art of Facilitation Design

Available dates

Dec 2—4, 2019
3 daysModules info
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
USD 2175
USD 725 per day
Mar 30—Apr 1, 2020
3 daysModules info
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
USD 2175
USD 725 per day

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About the course

This course will focus on critical building blocks for a powerful facilitation and then move into skills needed to craft productive, thought-provoking, and inspirational meetings and gatherings that are aligned with the needs of multiple stakeholders. Participants will use an adapted form of the Design Thinking process, popularized by Stanford’s Design school and the consulting firm IDEO, to create a concrete, iterative structure for the design of relevant, creative, and impactful facilitated experiences. Participants will tackle questions such as: How do you design to best meet the needs of your participants? How can you frame the facilitate experience to be purposeful and relevant? How can you come up with creative, inspiring modalities that advance the group’s work? And, how might you experiment to ensure that you are on the right track before the actual facilitation? Instructors will teach the basic methodology of design thinking, and delve into each aspect of the technique in depth as it relates to facilitation design. In addition, participants will learn how to facilitate innovative modalities like Open Space, Adaptive Case Studies, Asset Mapping, and more.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Design and “wireframe” a facilitated experience
  • Collect the appropriate intelligence based on the group’s needs
  • Distinguish the four aspects of design thinking: immersing, framing, imagining, and prototyping, as they relate to facilitation design
  • Craft learning objectives with an eye towards broadening and deepening the skills, knowledge and aptitudes of others

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Maya Bernstein

Maya Bernstein has facilitated inspiring and impactful leadership initiatives in nonprofit and educational settings for over 15 years. She believes in the power of individuals and groups adapt, and to creatively respond to challenges and opportunities they face in their work. She draws on her exp...

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Rae Ringel

She is a faculty member at the Georgetown University Institute for Transformational Leadership and was recognized in 2013 by the International Coaching Federation for excellence in the field. Rae is in high demand as an innovator in the areas of coaching, facilitation and training across sectors....

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