|Facilitation training from Laird Schaub||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: fernselzer (fernselzeraol.com)|
|Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2021 10:36:18 -0800 (PST)|
Hi all,I am posting this for Laird and trying to include the flyer. I'm not sure if that will come through in the attachment so let me know if you need a copy.About 5 years ago, my community, New Brighton Cohousing, were hosts to Laird and his group training. I was able to see what a great facilitator and trainer Laird is. The team dealt with everyday issues, as well as extremely difficult issues that come up in cohousing.He is one of our great masters! >From Laird: Dear Cohousers, I am starting a Zoom-based two-year facilitation training next month and you’re invited. The Back StoryAs many of you may know, I’ve been a consultant and trainer to cooperative groups since 1987, and have now worked professionally with over 80 cohousing groups across North America, many of them multiple times. Now 71 years old, I am trying to concentrate on passing along my knowledge to others and there is no more leveraged way to accomplish that, in my view, than by training facilitators, who can then bring the knowledge back to their groups and share it with others. It’s been my experience that a skilled facilitator can make a night-and-day difference in the quality of meetings, especially when groups are grappling with how to cooperate (it isn’t as easy as it first appears!). Thus, investment in facilitation can pay large dividends—both for the individual and the group. The teaching materials and principles are mainly a distillation of my 30+ years of experience in the field as a professional facilitator—what actually happens in groups, what are the issues, and what are effective responses. Training in the Age of CovidAs a consequence of adapting to the severe travel restrictions necessitated by the pandemic, my team (María Silvia, Joe Cole, and myself) translated to Zoom the in-person two-year facilitation training I first developed in 2003 and have delivered 14 times. Happily, we discovered that we can still deliver a quality product virtually. María, Joe, and I know first hand the enormous difference that these teachings make in the life and health of groups, so, pandemic or not, we continue our commitment to share this knowledge with all who want it. This is an intensive course consisting of 8 three-day weekends (Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon), spaced approximately three months apart. Zoom simplifies logistics and reduces expenses considerably—not only does everyone participate from the comfort of their own home, but it is geography independent—students can live anywhere so long as they have a laptop and a decent internet connection. Hosting groups need not worry about feeding and housing the class. To be sure, we still need host groups to provide live meetings for students to facilitate—and students will be expected to actively collaborate with the trainers in identifying suitable host groups for each weekend. In exchange for hosting, groups receive outside, neutral facilitation on key issues (under the supervision of professional trainers), a report from me about the group's accomplishments and needs, and one FREE auditor slot in the weekend for which they provide the meetings that the class facilitates. What’s not to like? Attached is a more detailed outline of the course, including information about costs. Heads Up: Enrollment is limited to 16. We have nine signed up now, which means there are seven slots remaining, which we will fill on first-come-first-served basis. There is no requirement that you have prior facilitation experience; only a sincere desire to learn. If you are part of a cooperative group that’s interested in enhancing its facilitation skills and understanding of cooperative group dynamics, we urge you to consider sending 3-4 people so that you can reinforce your learning and make it easier to pass along the power of these concepts to the entire community. We already have one group who has enrolled four students in this course. Weekend I will be March 4-7, less than a month away. We hope you’ll join us. In cooperationLaird Schaublaird@ic.org218-724-3732
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