London Social Forum announces
A Workshop on Facilitation and Chairing of
workshop will provide participants with practical skills and
will also address the emotional aspect of facilitating meetings.
We will share information and experience on overseeing meetings
and facilitating groups, including information about the typical
ways that everyone involved can be attacked, especially those
who take responsibility for tasks, such as chairing meetings.
We want to work towards the creation of a different culture
and climate, one that cherishes people who become visible
and take on responsibilities and helps us to appreciate and
support one another. We will use organic processes to work
through related emotions, using experiential exercises to
address topics such as fear, lack of confidence, feeling isolated,
concerns about making "mistakes" and learning how
to "sit in the fire" when difficult or intense emotions
are present in collective situations. We will also investigate
the ideological differences involved in the ESF organising
process and how to negotiate these when leading meetings.
One key purpose of this workshop is to empower people to volunteer
to chair meetings of the ESF organising process, meetings
of the Co-ordinating Committee, the Organising Committee,
and all the various working groups as well as unofficially
allied groups working to build up the ESF process. Additionally,
participants will work together collectively to develop some
written document, particularly in regards to the nature of
"consensus"; such a document can then be circulated
following on from the meeting and can be used as a basis for
larger, ongoing discussions about "process" within
ESF organising efforts.
workshop will be led by Masana De Souza and Laura Sullivan.
Masana has over 15 years experience in mediation and
facilitation work within workplaces, organisations and community
groups, locally, nationally and internationally. Laura has
over 15 years experience in counselling and in facilitating
groups for women, men, and activists and has participated
extensively in the national academic labour movement in the
US. Their work centers on the elimination of all forms of
oppression, and seeks to empower people to believe in themselves,
to connect deeply and authentically with one another, and
to retain a sense of humour in the process of changing the
two such workshops are planned,
with more to come if there is interest.
Dates of workshops (one-day, repeated):
Wednesday, 14 April 2004 6-10pm
Tuesday, 11 May 2004 6-10pm
London Action Resource Centre (LARC), 62 Fieldgate
Street, Whitechapel, London E1 1ES (between
Whitechapel and Aldgate East tube stations). Phone:
020 7377 9088.
Please bring food to share.
we have an idea of the numbers of people to expect at each
workshop, please RSVP if you plan to attend, noting which
of the two dates you are choosing.
RSVP to Laura Sullivan at Laura Sullivan or Masana De Souza at London Social Forum information: