Facilitating groups using creative techniques can help draw out ideas, experiences and new perspectives on everyday issues that may sometimes feel beyond further debate. Using creative techniques that value and emphasise the importance of everyone’s involvement, they can provide insight for groups by encouraging alternative and creative ways of thinking and engaging with information. Prepared appropriately for the group they can be an accessible, inclusive and participatory method to help people and organisations plan, design, organise and adapt their activities, as well as articulating their voice and experience.
Below are some examples of my recent work relating to this.
Group Print – The following images shows the end result from an open day at a local school. Using a 1950’s shopkeepers ticket makers kit and a rubber stamp of the school, local children and adults made two prints of the school along with a word to describe what the school meant to them, one on the large group piece and one for them to take away. The large piece now hangs in the school reception.
Developing from the Negatives – Working with a group of stakeholders involved in tackling disability hate crime in Preston, Lancs, I facilitated a session to develop some publicity material for the project. During the 2 hour session participants were encouraged to doodle responses to a range of questions including, what is disability hate crime, the impact, what can be done and where to report it. The end result was the following short video clip that was used to publicise their work.
Making it Real for Young Carers – During an information day, young carers were encouraged to add contributions to a huge doodle wall about their experience and thoughts for the future. Whilst doing so I interviewed and recorded several young carers and produced the following audio visual clip. This contributed to the production of the document ‘Making it Real for Young Carers‘ by Think Local Act Personal.
Please contact me to explore how you might use creative facilitation techniques in your work.