FSA is giving a lecture and experimental online workshop tomorrow, Nov 6 11 am PST / 2pm EST at Pratt School of Architecture (student organized series Pratt Futures)
non-architects very welcome
a bit of context:
- intro by dean Harriet Harris on alternative and radical pedagogy
- interactive exercises
- lecture by FSA organizers on the process of organizing a 6-week tuition free, horizontal, educational and spacial practice.
- discussion: how to become a community builder instead of a capitalist cog? what is productive vs. non-productive? how did FSA try? how can you?
- on not facilitating
sometimes, you need to facilitate.
sometimes, you don't need to facilitate.
sometimes, a group needs facilitation and doesn't know it.
sometimes, a group doesn't need facilitation but the facilitator doesn't know it.
sometimes, a group needs strong facilitation, such as when we're all trying to reach a goal together, touch the top of that mountain, and we need to support each other so that we can reach the top.
sometimes, a group wants strong facilitation, so that we can have a rare space where nothing is allowed to happen, and so that things can emerge and bubble up to the surface as they need be. release.
sometimes, a group needs light facilitation, when the connections of trust or habit are well-worn, and we just need a little reminder here and there so that we can do the thing we want to do anyways.
sometimes, a group needs light or no facilitation, so that it's clear that we're in this together and that the only reason we gather together is because we choose to. this could go any way we want. this could move in any fashion.
sometimes strong facilitation looks like a really clear set of structures.
sometimes, strong facilitation just means 'making real sure people don't interrupt each other / everyone gets a chance to speak'
note to self and others: if you like to facilitate, also NOTE that we are slowly and surely exercising muscles of control and guidance. Not every meeting must be facilitated. it's important for us to also exercise muscles of flow, following, and play to see where the conversations lead. sometimes this looks like Not Facilitating. sometimes this just looks like being.
this is important too. probably the most important. remember to not facilitate.
facilitation in the service of letting us be together, in the ways we wish to be.
1) For three minutes, everyone writes down, on two different stickies/pieces of paper,
What a project/direction/idea they think the group should work on, and
Why it's important to them personally.
2) Going around a circle, everyone shares one idea at a time.
3) For five minutes, everyone writes down some more ideas.
4) Going around a circle, everyone shares all the ideas.
Whys are clustered together and labeled/grouped.
The group now has a general sense of what kind of ideas/importance they have.
More often than not, in the 5+ times I've used this method, this has been incredibly helpful for gathering a group together towards a shared ideal. It feels very playful to shared 'what' ideas, but very focusing/collectivizing to synchronize on 'why' ideas.