8 Tips for Facilitating Nonprofit Hybrid Meetings

Beth Kanter

The hybrid workplace will have a huge impact on the way we design and facilitate meetings, the primary method of how many organizations get stuff done. Our new normal will most likely be more complex to design and facilitate. 8: Hybrid Meeting: Specific Facilitation Tips.

Sparking Creative Approaches: How To Facilitate Ideation

Forum One

The first step is to facilitate ideation. Yet facilitating workshops, ideation sessions, or other conversations with the goal to encourage creativity and discourse can be challenging. I break out the planning into three phases: design, preparation, and facilitation.

Insiders

Sign Up for our Newsletter

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Trending Sources

3 Design Thinking Facilitation Resources for Nonprofits

Beth Kanter

Almost four years ago, I wrote my experience as a participant n a design-thinking lab to give input on a digital strategy for a philanthropy. The design lab was facilitated by Pete Maher, founder of Luma Institute. I learned so much about the taxonomy of innovation and really practical techniques, that I took the facilitation training. I started incorporating facilitating design labs as well as the techniques into my training practice ever since.

8 Fantastic Facilitation Playbooks for Designing Productive Nonprofit Meetings

Beth Kanter

Whether our meeting is useless or valuable depends on how we design, facilitate, and follow up. Meeting design is more than just agenda planning or identifying topics. If you are facilitating the meeting you need figure out logistics like scheduling, materials, and effective use of technology for virtual meetings. You also need to establish meeting norms or rules of engagement and then design and facilitate the process to get results.

Design for active learning: Tips for nonprofit facilitators

Charity Village

To start designing for active learning, consider your session as an opportunity for you to share what you know with participants but also a chance for them to share what they know with each other.

CadmiumCD Launches New Matchmaking and Networking Capabilities that Facilitate Personalized Attendee Experiences

Cadmium CD

Press Releases eventScribe Websites Company News Event Design Event ManagementeventScribe Live Improves Conference Education, Networking, and Exhibitor ROI Through an Algorithm-Driven Matching System Based on Attendee Preferences.

How To Facilitate Effective Virtual Meetings

Beth Kanter

It’s time to up your virtual facilitation and convening skills. Since those days, I have continued to hone my virtual facilitation skills to design and deliver effective virtual meetings and trainings. 2-Virtual Meeting Design Is More Than Agenda Planning.

Trainer’s Notebook: Facilitating Brainstorming Sessions for Nonprofit Work

Beth Kanter

Does your work at a nonprofit include facilitating meetings or trainings? Looking for new techniques to add to your facilitator’s toolbox? This is the focus of a session called “ The Big Bang Theory: Creative Facilitation and Training Techniques, ” that I’m co-facilitating at the Nonprofit Technology Conference with Cindy Leonard and Jeanne Allen. There are two basic ways to facilitate a group brainstorming session.

New (Free) E-Book: Leading Systems Change Will Supercharge Your Facilitation Skills

Beth Kanter

” The book describes a new approach to leadership and community engagement in the Central Valley , that has empowered local leaders to tackle a host of issues facing the community in an entirely new way–from designing education programs and services for immigrant communities to law enforcement reform, and boosting entrepreneurship in the region. That’s why I’ve keep a good list of meeting facilitation playbooks such as Leading Systems Change handy for inspiration.

Reflections on a Decade of Designing and Facilitating Interactive Webinars

Beth Kanter

I’ve had the honor of facilitating an online peer learning exchange of Knight Grantees that are hosting Giving Days, applying and iterating on the Giving Day Playbook since 2013. Yesterday, I facilitated the first webinar in a series hosted by the Knight Foundation on taking the practice of Giving Days to the next level. I thought I’d take this opportunity to reflect again on a decade of experience of designing and delivering interactive webinars. Learning Training Desig

Methods for Facilitating Innovation in Nonprofits

Beth Kanter

Last month I had the pleasure of taking the Luma Institute Train the Trainers workshop where I got a chance to immerse in practicing facilitation techniques based on human centered design principles. The workshop instructor Peter Maher is founder and CEO, of Luma Institute , and a Jedi Master. The co-facilitator was Amy Hedrick who works in Product and Design Innovation at Intuit. ” What is Human Centered Design? Facilitation

#14LCS Facilitator Series: Meet Beth Kanter

NTEN

That''s why we''re doing our best to recruit a remarkable group of facilitators to help shape your experience. Each track will have two Lead Facilitators and several additional Facilitators who will design spaces and lead small group conversations to make sure that every participant has the chance to both learn and share. View the growing lineup of #14LCS speakers and facilitators and register today!

Facilitating with Sticky Notes

Beth Kanter

Last week, I had the opportunity to participate in a convening of ”network practitioners” (consultants and others who are working with or networks of people and organizations on social change goals) at the Packard Foundation and designed and facilitated by consultants Gig Barsoum and Heather Grant-McLoud. The purpose was share insights and learn more about creating, supporting, and managing networks. Networks Training Design

The Art of Facilitating Meetings with Sticky Notes

Beth Kanter

Post-It Note Facilitation of A Network Map - 2012 Pakistan NGOs. What’s in your facilitation toolkit? Take for example my colleague Eugene Eric Kim who shares his facilitation toolkit which includes links to his favorite Post It notes and markers. When I facilitate training, I use analog and digital tools and materials. Facilitation Mine includes markers , sticky notes , index cards, and flip chart paper. But wait, paper??? And, I’m not alone.

The Art of Facilitating Virtual Meetings with Sticky Notes

Beth Kanter

As trainers, Andrea and I both know the value of “modeling the model,” so we wanted to use and model best practices for designing effective meetings on their preferred platforms. I also wanted to experiment with translating some facilitation techniques I use for face-to-face meetings (like sticky note facilitation ) to virtual meetings. Design must comes first. Designing A Participatory Hook for a Virtual Meeting. Facilitation

#14LCS Facilitator Series: Meet Elissa Perry

NTEN

That''s why we''re doing our best to recruit a remarkable group of facilitators to help shape your experience. Each track will have two Lead Facilitators and several additional Facilitators who will design spaces and lead small group conversations to make sure that every participant has the chance to both learn and share. Today we want to introduce you to one of them: Elissa Perry , a Facilitator for the Impact Leadership track.

Trainer’s Notebook: Fishbowl Facilitation Technique

Beth Kanter

It was expertly facilitated by Allison Lin and Odin Zackman. When I get to participate in sessions that are focused on content that I’m intensely interested in AND are well designed and facilitated, it creates the perfect storm for learning in my field and the trade craft of facilitation. Training DesignLast week, I participated in the “Funders Learning Lab: Investing in Networks and Network Leadership.”

#14LCS Facilitator Series: Meet Peter Campbell

NTEN

That''s why we''re doing our best to recruit a remarkable group of facilitators to help shape your experience. Each track will have two Lead Facilitators and several additional Facilitators who will design spaces and lead small group conversations to make sure that every participant has the chance to both learn and share. Today we want to introduce you to one of them: Peter Campbell , a Facilitator for the Future of Technology track.

#14LCS Facilitator Series: Meet John Kenyon

NTEN

That''s why we''re doing our best to recruit a remarkable group of facilitators to help shape your experience. Each track will have two Lead Facilitators and several additional Facilitators who will design spaces and lead small group conversations to make sure that every participant has the chance to both learn and share. Today we want to introduce you to one of them: John Kenyon , a Lead Facilitator for the Impact Leadership track.

#14LCS Facilitator Series: Meet Bridget Marie Todd

NTEN

That''s why we''re doing our best to recruit a remarkable group of facilitators to help shape your experience. Each track will have two Lead Facilitators and several additional Facilitators who will design spaces and lead small group conversations to make sure that every participant has the chance to both learn and share. Today we want to introduce you to one of them: Bridget Marie Todd , a Lead Facilitator for the Digital Strategy track.

#14LCS Facilitator Series: Meet Tracy Kronzak

NTEN

That''s why we''re doing our best to recruit a remarkable group of facilitators to help shape your experience. Each track will have two Lead Facilitators and several additional Facilitators who will design spaces and lead small group conversations to make sure that every participant has the chance to both learn and share. Today we want to introduce you to one of them: Tracy Kronzak , a Lead Facilitator for The Future of Technology track.

#14LCS Facilitator Series: Meet Londell Jackson

NTEN

That''s why we''re doing our best to recruit a remarkable group of facilitators to help shape your experience. Each track will have two Lead Facilitators and several additional Facilitators who will design spaces and lead small group conversations to make sure that every participant has the chance to both learn and share. Today we want to introduce you to one of them: Londell Jackson , a Facilitator for the Impact Leadership track.

#14LCS Facilitator Series: Meet Deepa Kunapuli

NTEN

That''s why we''re doing our best to recruit a remarkable group of facilitators to help shape your experience. Each track will have two Lead Facilitators and several additional Facilitators who will design spaces and lead small group conversations to make sure that every participant has the chance to both learn and share. Today we want to introduce you to one of them: Deepa Kunapuli , a Lead Facilitator for the Digital Strategy track.

#14LCS Facilitator Series: Meet Tanya Tarr

NTEN

That''s why we''re doing our best to recruit a remarkable group of facilitators to help shape your experience. Each track will have two Lead Facilitators and several additional Facilitators who will design spaces and lead small group conversations to make sure that every participant has the chance to both learn and share. Today we want to introduce you to one of them: Tanya Tarr , a Lead Facilitator for The Future of Technology track.

#14LCS Facilitator Series: Meet Lisa Heft

NTEN

All this summer weve been introducing you to the facilitators who will make the three tracks so memorable. Lisa is an internationally renowned facilitator and educator known for her use of Open Space Technology and other participant-driven dialogic and interactive methods for engaging deeper reflection, learning, and interchange. View the lineup of #14LCS speakers and facilitators and register today!

Trainer’s Notebook: Just A Few Participatory Facilitation Techniques

Beth Kanter

Recently, a colleague asked me a wonderful question: How did you learn to become a good facilitator and trainer? Evaluate your content, facilitation, and logistical skills against participant evaluations. Conferences are a great opportunity to take workshops and observe the facilitator’s techniques. Many of us do this and take content notes, but it is also great to take notes about instructional design and facilitation techniques.

3 Ways Your LMS Facilitates Reflective Learning

WBT Systems

3 Ways to Facilitate Reflective Learning with your LMS. Here are 3 ways an LMS for professional learners facilitates reflective learning. The scheduling capabilities of the LMS can help to facilitate this process, by setting submission deadlines, or allowing the instructor to send reminders to the student. Designing assessments or surveys with questions that prompt students to reveal their insights will encourage reflective practice.

Trainer’s Notebook: Facilitating Tech Training Internationally – Tips for Working with Interpreters

Beth Kanter

I’ve just returned from an inspiring week in Kiev, Ukraine where I got to facilitate a training for women’s organizations organized by Wake , an amazing start up founded by two respected colleagues Trish Tierney and Heather Ramsey. They started WAKE after working together for 15 years designing and leading global programs at the intersection of technology, civil society and women’s empowerment. Training Design

Webinars: Designing Effective Learning Experiences

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The content is important, but it is only half of the instructional design task. It has been over six years since I designed and delivered my first webinar/conference call, “ Designing Effective Technology Training Workshops for Nonprofits &# with NTEN. Because webinars were a new medium to trainers, I used Richard Mayer’s research on multi-media learning based on understanding how the brain works and the ability to pay attention to guide the instructional design.

Using Design Thinking for A Foundation’s Investment Strategy

Beth Kanter

Grantees, Experts, and Partners at the end of the Brainerd Foundation’s 21st Century Advocacy Design Lab. What if they used a design thinking process to not only get feedback from grantees but as a way to develop a more agile way of working? I was thrilled to work with the Brainerd Foundation staff to help design and facilitate a design lab using techniques based on Luma Institute methods earlier this month.

Design Thinking: A Powerful Tool for Your Nonprofit

NTEN

Web Strategy Consultant and Design Thinking Facilitator. Design thinking is characterized by a “bias towards action.” It doesn't require a large budget or outside consultants, and in a sector of shrinking resources combined with rising demands, design thinking is a tool that can lead to powerful results. Dana Mitroff Silvers design thinking Leadership nten Strategy tools Communications Program Dana Mitroff Silvers.

How To Facilitate Leadership Development In Your Nonprofit As Part of Doing the Work

Beth Kanter

This requires designing professional development designed as “micro-lessons.” Gain tips on how to facilitate sessions that will strengthen professional development across your teams and organization. Leadership Tools and Tactics Training DesignRegister now! One of the biggest challenges that many nonprofits face is the finding time and resources for professional development activities.

Design Thinking: A Powerful Tool for Your Nonprofit

NTEN

Web Strategy Consultant and Design Thinking Facilitator. Design thinking is characterized by a “bias towards action.” It doesn't require a large budget or outside consultants, and in a sector of shrinking resources combined with rising demands, design thinking is a tool that can lead to powerful results. Dana Mitroff Silvers design thinking Leadership nten Strategy tools Communications Program Dana Mitroff Silvers.

Trainer’s Notebook: Finding Inspiration and New Ideas for Facilitation Techniques

Beth Kanter

Last week, during the Google hangout hosted by the Packard Foundation , someone asked me where I get all my ideas for designing and delivering training. Part of delivering instruction is being a good facilitation of people’s learning and there is no better way to learn how to improve your own technique than watching world class facilitators in action. Good participatory design and instructional design for that matter needs a closure exercise.

Designing a Drive: 10 Food Drive Ideas to Fill Your Donation Boxes

Qgiv

Yes, you’ll need an efficient way to process donations and facilitate the collection of food drive items. However, getting your supporters to show up and participate in your event is only possible with a well-devised branding and design strategy.

Ideas 52

SXSW Reflection: Using Social Media to Facilitate A Global Back Channel at a Panel Session

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Over the past month, I have been thinking about a couple of different ideas and how to incorporate them into training design to facilitate learning. My questions are: 1. How can we use graphic facilitation or graphic note taking in real time to deepen understanding of the topic being discussed? I don’t like to facilitate a panel from the stage because I think it puts a wall up between the audience and the presenters.

Five New Year’s Rituals for Nonprofit Professionals

Beth Kanter

Remote and Hybrid Facilitation Workshops : During the pandemic, interested soared in learning how facilitate better virtual meetings. I’ve also facilitated many nonprofit staff retreats and convening and provided training for other facilitators.

Human-Centered Design & AI: Google AI Impact Summit

Beth Kanter

There was also a fantastic panel discussion on the way to apply Human-Centered design to AI projects and its importance. The panel was facilitated by Di Dang, Google Developer Design Advocate.

Tips To Make Online Meetings Less Exhausting

Beth Kanter

Recently I facilitated an online session about how to get better at online meetings for Lightful in the UK where I am a Senior Advisor at Lightful, among other activities, facilitate online master classes for their BRIDGE programme. Planning and Design. Facilitation

Five New Year’s Rituals for Nonprofit Professionals

Beth Kanter

Remote and Hybrid Facilitation Workshops : During the pandemic, interested soared in learning how facilitate better virtual meetings. I’ve also facilitated many nonprofit staff retreats and convening and provided training for other facilitators.

Trainer’s Notebook: Using Dot Voting Online

Beth Kanter

When I facilitate meetings or workshops for nonprofits, not matter the topic, I incorporate many participatory approaches and design thinking methods. There are platforms that are designed to support design thinking methods such as Mural.Co. Facilitation Training Design

Facilitating Creative Learning (for Professionals): More Notes on MuseumCamp

Museum 2.0

While MuseumCamp is an unusual event, I''ve learned a lot from it about designing workshops, charrettes, and meetings--pretty much any gathering where you want to encourage playful, creative, risky thinking in groups. I first learned about this technique from Sam Kaner''s excellent book, Facilitator''s Guide to Participatory Decision-Making. Tag Team the Facilitation. And if you want a more efficient approach to multi-vocal facilitation, try an unconference.

Using Design Thinking To Help Solve the Refugee Crisis at SXSW

Beth Kanter

And the agency is using an innovation platform and design thinking to find solutions. In my own practice as a trainer, I have created several card games to teach social media and communication strategy. But I have not seen a card game linked to design thinking and a social problem. Crowdsourcing Data Experimentation Facilitation InnovationI’m just back from SXSW where I did a session on Tech Wellness with Aliza Sherman.