Playful facilitation methods for serious purposes


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Fox, Alice and Donaldson, Alice (2018) Playful facilitation methods for serious purposes Journal of the Association for Management Education and Development, 25 (1). pp. 51-58. ISSN 2042-9797

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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.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: facilitating; groups; movement; materials; verbal communication; writing; human relationships; strategic planning; playfulness
DOI (a stable link to the resource):*RY91Ove-7lGPSAM-v8e*10t-0M5sPdKEIxHtMeeermmOLUmiZb-qE/eOandPSpring2018.pdf
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2018 15:21
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2018 16:01

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