The facilitation approach described here, though developed in artistic contexts, can easily be adapted to tackle serious organisational issues like team relationships, collaborative working and strategic planning. In a nutshell, it involves combining movement, material and words to create an emotionally safe, trusting landscape that is conducive to honest, brave exchange. Our reflections are based on two particular events, separated by a couple of years, in two different oriental locations. We begin by describing a visit to Taiwan, where we worked with a group of older people to prepare them rapidly for a live collaborative performance featuring ice and ribbon. The other (earlier) event took place in Cambodia and, though it was based on similar principles, the context was quite different: a group of staff from all levels of an NGO managed to develop a draft strategic plan by writing on fruit and teapots. In both cases, a playful and creative way of working enabled those involved to bond rapidly and achieve something useful and positive.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of the Association for Management Education and Development|
|Publication status||Published - 20 Apr 2018|
- verbal communication
- human relationships
- strategic planning
Fox, A., & Donaldson, A. (2018). Playful facilitation methods for serious purposes. Journal of the Association for Management Education and Development, 25(1), 51-58. https://doi.org/http://api.ning.com/files/i3YINSwAAJkhphfoAoLNzgTuQPfoND3hJe1W92X7XU*RY91Ove-7lGPSAM-v8e*10t-0M5sPdKEIxHtMeeermmOLUmiZb-qE/eOandPSpring2018.pdf