Connecting local responses around the world
Do you remember a situation when the group is going in another direction than what you and your colleague - facilitator anticipated? We can make an outline for the meeting, but the group might need to expand upon a certain issue, or suddenly a new topic comes up that seems very important.
There is always one of the facilitators who is ready to 'go with the flow' of the group, which is nice, but can also create discussion afterwards about the choice that was made without clear mutual consent.
When I attended the Worldwork 2017 seminar in Greece in April, I learned a lot about team facilitation. In this seminar there were unstructured group processes with surprising twists and turns, like a wild river. This is what I saw the facilitators do, and I noticed how helpful it was.
When the topic would go in another direction, they would first let it go for a couple of minutes, and then one of the facilitators would name to ALL present in the room what is going on. In other words (s)he would 'frame' the change of direction the discussion took. This framing was done in a very clear, concise way, and in such a way that it created a moment of rest and clarity in the room, like resting on a new 'platform'.
Next, the facilitators would check in with each other and subsequently with the group to propose a course of action: either go back to the initial topic, or leave the initial topic, or even negotiate time to spend on the new topic.
I really like this approach of 'framing' as it made it possible to include in the decision making process not only your colleague but also the whole group in a transparent way. Often it can be done quickly, without being hastily.
To you all, enjoy 'the river' of unfolding processes at work and in your lives :-)