The First Balkan Facilitation Festival

Facilitation for social change

About this Event

The First Balkan Facilitation Festival is a joint effort of CEE IAF chapter, IAF Europe and Middle East and Serbian Association of Facilitators. The coordination team* is inviting members to host sessions to a wide range of participants virtually. The sessions may include any topic relevant to facilitation for social change in order to promote the power of facilitation in the CEE region, Balkans and worldwide. Taking the current Covid-19 situation into consideration, topics regarding virtual facilitation are also very welcome. The sessions could be directed to the general public, businesses, teachers/trainers and civil society organizations.The festival was initially announced as a face-to-face event called “First Balkan Facilitation festival” to be held in Nis, Serbia. Due to the occurrence of Covid-19 organisers decided to transform it into online session, after one-time delay (originally planned for end of May, 2020). “The First Balkan Facilitation Festival” will take place on 24-25-26 September, 2020. 

24.09.2020.

Sesion 3
13:15 - 14:15

Speakers:
Goli Ahmadifard and Javad Mahmoodi Rad

Fact Questioning in Understating Communities Realities

Description of the session:

Most well-intentioned community development projects fail to complete or sustain their desired goals and objectives. One of the main reasons is the ambiguity for both the external change agents (such as facilitators) and members of the local community. Asking questions is a good tool for clearing up the ambiguity. Having a dialogue based on “simple fact questions” can help facilitators reaching out the realities occurring in the filed in order to bring about positive changes that last longer.

Sesion 4
14:45 - 16:15

Speaker: Jan Lelie
Building societies: Structuring Engaging through Pattern Breaking

Description of the session:

1. Brief description of your session: our session – I expect active participation - will be based on Peter Block’s book “Community – The Structure of Belonging”. I’ll also introduce a meta-model developed by me on the ways we invent or realize reality through the metaphors we use (actions) and espouse (talk).
2. We’ll invent ways of facilitating social change towards restructuring the patterns of interacting participants. We’ll start with visualizing change, and from there progress in abducing opportunities to shift trust (or belonging, or social capital, or relationships, whatever you like to call it). Let’s see if we can find some alternatives to work with.

Sesion 5
16:30 - 17:30

Speaker: Abhishek Somani
Using the power of stories to facilitate change

Description of the session:

Stories have always been told and used to protect collective memory…They have importance and power to move and initiate change. How we can use them?

25.09.2020.

Sesion 1
11:00 - 12:00

Speaker: Galina Tiurina
Corporate volunteers online: experience of engagement and facilitation

Description of the session:

The case study would be shared on ways, technic and tips of engagement for corporate volunteers online

Sesion 2
12:30 - 14:00

Speakers:
Tamara Zivadinovic and Paolo Martinez

Innovation Hub - enabling innovations to emerge and bring the change

Description of the session:

How to initiate innovative thinking? Do you need a process in which economic, social, technological, cultural and environmental challenges can be addressed at policy, strategy and/or operational levels, and how they can be tackled and ‘solved’ innovatively by key Quadruple Helix stakeholders and experts?

Sesion 3
14:30 - 16:00

Speakers:
Dragana Tomic Pilipovic and Martina Staznik

How to work with the nature as facilitator

Description of the session:

1. We are a species of story-makers and storytellers. Storytelling is the oldest form of human communication. Stories are central to our development of self-concept and identity and how we distinguish ourselves from others – a process central to our wellbeing. Counselling through storytelling is both an ancient activity and an emerging conceptual model.
2. Nature is powerful facilitator and storyteller for group work. Can we use it in our facilitation work? Not only that nature give us creative context for work, she also gives to us playground which we can use to tell the story of community and thus to make or support social change. We can use heritage and symbolic of community to make session which will lead us step by step through individual and group process of change. www.connectingcircles.eu

26.09.2020.

Sesion 1
11:00 - 12:00

Speaker: Lora Petronic Petrovic
Enlivening learning with LEGO® activities

Description of the session:

Participants will be introduced to ideas on how to adapt activities related to the subject they teach and design content related to project teaching using LEGO bricks and accompanying educational software. There will be presented activities that were done within the English language teaching, but which also include the material of other subjects and the ways in which students are encouraged to write stories.

Sesion 2
12:30 - 14:00

Speaker: Kata Faix,
Changing by playing- Lego® Serious Play® Workshop

Description of the session:

Special requirement for each participant: 15 pieces of normal Lego bricks (colour/size does not matter)/participant
1.Welcome & Intro
2. Skills Build1-Technical introduction (first steps)
3. Skills build 2-Metaphors
4. Skills build- Storytelling, Individual models,
5. Feedback & Closing

Main topic: Social change- What thoughts and feeling do we have in terms of change? What do we need to make the first steps?

Method: Main sessions combined with breakout rooms: Challenge (question asked by the facilitator)-individual building- sharing-reflection

Sesion 3
14:30 - 16:00

Speaker: Savas Sahin
Social Inclusion

Closing Sesion
16:00 - 17:00

Regional Director IAF EME Celeste Brito, IAF Central East European Chapter team and Serbian Association of Facilitators
Ask questions regarding the last three days and find answers to your questions before leaving the festival! Share thoughts about the festival with the organising team and give feedback.