What does it take for people to align behind change? #FacWeekChat 2015

#FacWeekChat 2015Celebrate International Facilitation Week 2015 by joining #FacWeekChat on twitter, to share your experience and to connect with and learn from others.

International Facilitation Week, 19-25 October in 2015, is an annual event convened by the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) and intended to showcase the power of facilitation to both new and existing audiences, and to create a sense of community among facilitators and their groups worldwide.  The last two years I partnered with Ben Ziegler of IAF in Canada to host twitter chats on the history and future of facilitation and on interactivity and diversity in facilitation.

For  2015, I am excited to be partnering to host a pair of twitter chats with Michael Ambjorn of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and Faith Forster of the Change Management Institute (CMI), all of us located in London.

We hope that partnering together on a topic of mutual interest will not only attract more people to join the chat, but also help to make connections and foster broader collaboration between our associations and between our our professions.  Already some reciprocal conference discounts are available to members of the three associations – for example at this year’s IABC Europe MENA conference in London that I reviewed in Power to the People, and the power of facilitation and communications in partnership and the upcoming CMI conference Change in the Age of Disruption (11-12 November in London, Sydney and online).

Please join us on Friday October 23, 10-11am & 4-5pm UK time – join either or both chat, according to which times suit you where you are.

The topic for the two chats this year will be change, and what can be done to help people to align together to make change happen. Each chat will include 6-8 questions for you to respond to, spaced out throughout the hour – and of course you can respond to others’ responses, and add questions of your own, as you might in any chat.

The many tweets of a twitter chat are followed by using a common hashtag, in this case #FacWeekChat as in previous years. We will document the chats on Storify, as we have in previous years.

New to Twitter, or Twitter chats (Tweet chats)?  Check out Twitter Chats 101: A Step-by-Step Guide to Hosting or Joining a Twitter Chat.

Please join us on October 23, and tweet to invite all your twitter friends. Got questions that can’t wait? Contact any of us via twitter – @martingilbraith, @michaelambjorn, @faithforster.

What else will you be doing to celebrate? Please let the world know by tweeting #FacWeek or @FacWeek, and so connect and join with facilitators and others worldwide in promoting the power of facilitation!

Celebrate International Facilitation Week 2014 by joining #FacWeekchat on twitter!

International Facilitation Week 2013As part of International Facilitation Week 2014, I will be hosting Twitter chats with IAF colleague Ben Ziegler, as we did last year.  This year’s chats will be on October 22 and October 23.  Please join us!

Just like last year, each chat will run from 12-1pm New York / 5-6pm London time – follow these links to see world times for Oct 22 & Oct 23.   Each chat will include 6-8 questions, spaced out throughout the hour, for you to answer, comment on, comment on other people’s answers, ask questions, etc.

A twitter chat is basically a dialogue, a conversation between people on twitter with a shared interest, discussing the topic at hand. Twitter chats are a great way to connect, share, learn, and have fun, with a community of practice; ie: facilitators!  The many tweets of a twitter chat are followed by using a common hashtag. For our chats we will use the same hashtag as last year, #FacWeekChat.

IAF 20 year celebrationThe topic for the two chats this year will be facilitation history, concluding a six-month collaborative process undertaken to celebrate the 20th anniversary this year of the International Association of Facilitators – see How has facilitation developed over time, and where might it be heading?  On October 22 we will reflect on the history of facilitation to date, and October 23 we will look ahead at what the future may hold.

Before the chat, please take a look if you can at some of the events and resources that have been shared since April with the #FacHistory hashtag – you can find edited highlights compiled  on Storify.  Please also add more of your own!  Simply tweet using the hashtag #FacHistory, or share and discuss on Facebook or LinkedIn.

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A bit about Twitter chats.

New to Twitter, and/or Twitter (aka Tweet) chats?  This article, How to Participate in a Tweet Chat, by Janet Fouts (@jfouts), helps explain things.

We hope to have you join us on Wedensday October 22 and Thursday October 23! 

Please tweet to invite all your twitter friends. Got questions that can’t wait? Contact either of us via Twitter – @benziegler or @martingilbraith

What else will you be doing to celebrate? Please let us know (tweet #FacWeek or @FacWeek), and so connect and join with facilitators worldwide in promoting the power of facilitation!

Celebrate International Facilitation Week by joining #FacWeekchat on twitter!

FacWeek twitter chats

International Facilitation Week 2013As part of International Facilitation Week 2013, Ben Ziegler @benziegler and I @martingilbraith will be hosting Twitter (aka Tweet) chats on October 22 and October 24. Join us!

Each chat will run from 12:00-1:00pm EST / 5:00-6:00pm UK time (GMT +1:00).   Each chat will include 6-8 questions, spaced out throughout the hour, for you to answer, comment on, comment on other people’s answers, ask questions, etc.

The chat is basically a dialogue, a conversation between fellow facilitation professionals, discussing the topic at hand. Twitter chats are a great way to connect, share, learn, and have fun, with a community of practice; ie: facilitators!

So here are the details for the two chats:

Topic:  Keeping It Interactive in Facilitation
Date:  Tuesday, October 22
Time:  12:00-1:00pm EST / 5:00-6:00pm UK time (GMT +1:00)
Who’s invited?:  All facilitator types – facilitators, project managers, coaches, trainers, mediators, etc.
Hashtag: #facweekchat
Moderators:  Martin Gilbraith (@martingilbraith) and Ben Ziegler (@benziegler)

Topic:  Facilitating a Diverse Group of People
Date:  Thursday, October 24
Time:  12:00-1:00pm EST / 5:00-6:00pm UK time (GMT +1:00)
Who’s invited?:  All facilitator types – facilitators, project managers, coaches, trainers, mediators, etc.
Hashtag: #facweekchat
Moderators:  Martin Gilbraith (@martingilbraith) and Ben Ziegler (@benziegler)

A bit about Twitter chats.

New to Twitter, and/or Twitter (aka Tweet) chats?  This recent article, How to Participate in a Tweet Chat, by Janet Fouts (@jfouts), helps explain things.

We hope to have you join us on Tuesday, October 22 and Thursday, October 24! 

Please tweet to invite all your twitter friends. Got questions that can’t wait? Contact either of us via Twitter – @benziegler or @martingilbraith

What else will you be doing to celebrate? Please let us know (tweet #FacWeek or @FacWeek), and so connect and join with facilitators worldwide in promoting the power of facilitation!

International Facilitation Week is fast approaching!

International Facilitation Week 2013I am delighted to be supporting the first annual International Facilitation Week, October 21-27 – now fast approaching.  Sponsored by the International Association of Facilitators, Facilitation Week is an opportunity for facilitators worldwide to connect with each other to celebrate and promote the power of facilitation.

As a one of a small virtual team of IAF members convened to promote the Week through social media, I am already busily tweeting as @FacWeek, and preparing with IAF Canada member @BenZiegler to host one or more twitter chats during the Week. Please tweet us with your ideas of chat topics, and of course please follow and participate!

Further details of Facilitation Week have been circulated by IAF Conferences Director Carol Sherriff, including some suggested activities, a press briefing and sample press release, and top 10 facilitation tips.

What will you be doing to celebrate? Please let us know (tweet #FacWeek or @FacWeek), and so connect and join with facilitators worldwide in promoting the power of facilitation!