Facilitarium – the art of visual facilitation

 

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Facilitarium 2 – art of visual facilitation of learning,
DATES: 14 – 22 September 2016
VENUE: Worcester, United Kingdom
NO. OF PARTICIPANTS 32 from 13 different countries including the UK

Facilitarium 2 – art of visual facilitation of learning  –  A CHANCE TO GET CREATIVE

The following project idea was inspired by numerous conversations with fellow trainers, facilitators, youth leaders and those responsible for organising learning/teaching/training spaces. To be more precise, the inspiration came from such simple comments as: ‘I am not very creative’, ‘Sorry, my handwriting is not very good’, ‘I hope you are able to read that’ (comment of a trainer after completing a rather messy flipchart), etc. Working with colleagues from around the world we have already heard many of these. This, in turn, made us reflect on why many of us, facilitators of learning, prefer to complain and come up with excuses, rather than work on our teaching/training/facilitating capacities? Do we really believe that we are not creative at all or enough and that there is no hidden potential deep down underneath our overall competences?

The answer to the question became clearer once we discovered so called ‘visual facilitation’ – a way of combining graphics, text and all types of images so as to convey meaningful and goals-oriented messages. As explained by Christina Merkley, a Graphic Facilitator, Coach and Mapmaker: ‘Few things communicate feeling, tone, and directive as much as a well-composed image loaded with shared meaning and sub-text. Imagery as a communication aid worked for our early ancestors and it continues to work for us now in our modern world. In fact, with the rise of modern technology, the simple hand-drawn graphic can bring a measure of calm and humanity that is sorely needed in our fast-paced, hyper computerized world. Adding a ‘high touch’ element to a high tech world’ (The history and evolution of the graphic facilitation).

With the above in mind, it is fairly easy to understand how great a teaching/training tool visual facilitation is and what are its potentials in enhancing the learning process and the overall experience for both participants and facilitators of learning. As such, the power of visualisation can easily be used to:

– attract more young people (especially those disadvantaged ones) back into education

– bring out the creative potential in young people and facilitators of their learning alike (here: participants of the course)

– build bridges of understanding where words fail to help

– enhance the overall value and attractiveness of non-formal education.

The very idea of the project grew out of the need to provide a highly practical, hands-on training course aimed at improving the quality of communication and educational activities of youth NGOs.
This was to be done by means of providing their staff with a set of tools and practices for enhanced visual facilitation.

In the course of the project, the following specific objectives have been met:

— participants explored and better understood the need for visual facilitation of learning in the youth activities nowadays

— attendees were equipped with a variety of tools and methods applicable in visual facilitation and mapping of educational
and informational activities in the youth field

— practical skills were developed in using important components of visual facilitation e.g. shapes, colours, composition, hand-writing, visual metaphors, analysing and summing up of information

— basis for further development of skills on the individual and organisational level have been set, thus ensuring the
exploitation of newly gained knowledge for the benefit of NGOs and a variety of learners we work with.

DAILY ACTIVITIES:


DAY 1- 15th September 2016


DAY 2 – 16th September 2016


DAY 3 – 17th September 2016


DAY 4 – 18th September 2016


DAY 5 – 19th September 2016


DAY 6 – 20th September 2016


DAY 7 – 21st September 2016