SWIDN GlobalDev Consultants' Group meeting: Facilitation

Event Description

SWIDN GlobalDev Consultants' Group meeting: Facilitation


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This group is open to anyone who works as a consultant in international development, whether freelance or as part of a consulting firm or NGO. Our events are generally relaxed and sociable and are an opportunity for peer support, networking and collaboration. 

Rachel Haynes (http://flamingoforngos.org) and Kathleen Christie (http://www.kathchristie.co.uk) are co-facilitators of the SWIDN Consultants' Group. Rachel and Kathleen are both experienced consultants who have been actively involved in the group and in the wider SWIDN network over the years. Rachel is also a member of the SWIDN Board of Trustees. Please do come along to meet them, to find out what the group is up to and to share your ideas about what you would like to see the group doing and what you would like from group meetings in the future.


November meeting - Facilitation

Sam Gibson has been in international development for 20+ years. She started out in DFID, moved to private sector companies, and is now an independent consultant. Her work covers a range of topics and places, including from livelihoods in northern Vietnam to LGBT rights in Ghana. Sam has been Bristol-based for 15 years, balancing work and travel with looking after 3 teenagers and 2 turtles.

Sam has very kindly agreed to lead a SWIDN consultants’ conversation on facilitation, which has been a significant part of her practice for the past 10 years. The session will start with a a 15-minute reflection from Sam, including some materials, tips and tricks on facilitation.  Themes will include:
-          Preparation is [almost] everything
-          The wonderful world props and visuals 
-          High risk but high reward techniques
-          Facilitation in cross-cultural settings

This will be followed by a semi-structured group discussion to share experiences and expertise. Please do bring along any materials or resources that you have on facilitation to share.


Co-hosting meetings

As a way of sharing and developing skills focused on specific fields of consulting we’d like to extend an invitation to you to ‘co-host’ a future meeting. You might choose to focus on a specific area such as methodologies and approaches (to strategic planning, capacity building, consultation, contractual arrangements, or another area) or a specialist skill area like fundraising or influencing. Please feel free to make suggestions. 

Hosting would involve providing a brief introduction to the focus at the start of the meeting and then facilitating a discussion orientated towards answering key questions and/or sharing experiences in relation to the focus. Please let us know well in advance so that we can ensure the focus of the meeting is publicised in good time for other people working in that area to schedule time to attend.   

To discuss being a meeting ‘host’ please email: info@swidn.org.uk

We hope to see you at a meeting soon!

Please note that this group is for people working as consultants only; whether freelance or as part of a consulting firm or NGO. 

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