These skills are also at the core of creating conscious communites and alternatives to the mainstream and its power structures. It’s people-to-people stuff that can often be the most challenging. Yet we need one another to create the beautiful, wholesome alternatives we know are possible – there is no way out! That is precisely why we we give so much importance to facilitation skills and conscious group work.
Over the years we’ve seen good facilitation and poor facilitation. Good facilitation empowers, whereas poor facilitation can leave people feeling unheard, frustrated, and piles up problems for the future.
Within our group we practice inclusive forms of decision-making, such as consensus, explore power dynamics as well as diversity, margins and mainstreams for example, and draw on work from a range of sources and experience such as the direct action movement and Process Work. We also take time to reflect on how we are doing things, and continue training ourselves and collaborate with others to support our ongoing development.