As a facilitator, I design and lead processes that help groups to learn together, to make decisions and plans together, and to achieve common goals together. As a trainer, I design and deliver courses that help people to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to facilitate groups effectively themselves. As a consultant, I share my expertise with clients and groups as I work with them to achieve the change that they are seeking. I draw a clear distinction between these three roles, but often I play two or more of the roles in a single project to develop capacity for the future while accomplishing the task at hand.
- Create Collaborative Client Relationships
- Plan Appropriate Group Processes
- Create and Sustain a Participatory Environment
- Guide Group to Appropriate and Useful Outcomes
- Build and Maintain Professional Knowledge
- Model Positive Professional Attitude
I draw on a wide range of methods and approaches in my tailored facilitation work, including Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space and World Cafe among others. In all of my work, however, I draw on ICA’s Technology of Participation (ToP) – the approach pioneered and refined by the Institute of Cultural Affairs in over 50 years of experience worldwide. This is a proven system of methods and tools that can be adapted and applied to help all sorts of groups accomplish a wide variety of tasks together. The main methods and tools are described in the descriptions of the ToP facilitation training courses in which they are taught. The core values of the ToP approach, which inform all of my work, are:
- inclusive participation
- teamwork and collaboration
- individual and group creativity
- ownership and action
- reflection and learning.
My facilitation work is all tailored to help a particular group achieve a particular goal in a particular context. There are, however, a number of common scenarios for which I am often asked to help. These include:
- team and Board retreats or away days
- project planning, strategic planning, and progress reviews
- team building and partnership working
- organisational development and transformation
- stakeholder engagement and consultation
- online meetings, seminars and conferences
- leadership development and capacity building.
My training work is primarily focused on the methods and skills of ICA’s Technology of Participation and the wider IAF Facilitator Competencies. I draw on my own experience and the wealth of curriculum developed by ICA over many years to design and deliver tailored programmes to help particular groups to meet their learning goals.
I am an ICA Certified ToP Facilitator, an experienced lead trainer and licensed provider of ‘ICA’s ‘ToP’ facilitation training, a trainer of ICAI’s IAF-endorsed ToP Facilitation Essentials programme and a member of the ICAI Global ToP Advisory Group.
I train in English, and in English with simultaneous interpretation. I draw on the worldwide ICA network to provide ToP training materials in other languages, and to arrange for experienced local ToP trainers to deliver with me (or without me) in other languages.
I seek to limit and reduce my own personal & professional carbon footprint, and I seek to use what influence I can to challenge and support others to respond constructively themselves to the climate crisis.
I am in business as Martin Gilbraith Associates Ltd – registered company #08583435, registered address c/o Crunch Accounting, First Floor, Telecom House, 125-135 Preston Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 6AF, United Kingdom.
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