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Wikimedia CEE Meeting 2017/Programme/Submission/Facilitation Skills for Humans

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Title of your proposal[edit]

Facilitation Skills for Humans

Name(s) and/or username(s)[edit]

Asaf Bartov, Asaf (WMF) (Ijon)
Wikimedia Foundation


  • Conflict resolution + Community health

Type of submission (Please choose one)[edit]

  • Workshop (work in groups)


Facilitation is a set of practices and a role that concerns itself with assisting (usually goal-oriented) conversations run smoothly and productively. It is distinct from leading or controlling the conversation. Facilitation relies on fairly well-understood principles in human psychology and sociology, and when done well, can transform dysfunctional conversations or situations into healthy and constructive ones. In this workshop, I will present the importance of good facilitation, and teach some basic facilitation techniques. The participants will get to practice the techniques in small groups.

Expected outcomes[edit]

Participants will gain practical skills in facilitating discussions, based on presented techniques as well as exercises in small groups.

Duration (without Q&A)[edit]

240 minutes (4 hours)

(It's a lot, yes, but that's what it would take to both teach and practice in groups meaningfully. It worked well in Berlin.)

Specific requirements[edit]

Ideally, seating in a U-shape or circle, rather than classroom arrangement, to facilitate frequent group discussion.

Slides or further information[edit]

Slides from a workshop (intended to last four hours) teaching an Introduction to Facilitation of group conversations

Interested attendees (Please add yourself, and you may indicate your questions to the presenter).[edit]