Last night I hung out for a few hours with other facilitators (what is the collective noun for facilitators? a rabble of facilitators? a host of facilitators?) at one of the regular Victorian Facilitator Network meetings.
Andrew Rixon and cartoonist/illustrator extraordinaire (and long time friend) Simon Keebone took us through the process of creating a fairy story about our facilitation experiences. It took a little while to warm up to the task on this grey, wet, cold Melbourne night but once we got into it is was remarkably easy to construct a fairy story.
Andrew reminded us of some of the key elements of a fairy story – we all know where they start and end (the Disney versions anyway) – there’s an alternative ending of ‘never living happily ever after’ (the Grimm version) too. And there’s lots of creatures in fairy stories – and magic – and faraway places – and trusty allies – and untrustworthy tricksters.
So we created our fairy stories in groups of 3 and told them – and this is where the magic of the night happened. With a few key descriptors of the actual facilitator in the story Simon was able to draw on flip chart (in front of our very eyes) a cartoon of the facilitator. If I’d been the protagonist in the story I would have snaffled the pic to take home! So picture this – arranged on the floor was half a dozen pics of facilitators in different guises.
Andrew introduced us to the archetypes of facilitators that he’s working on based on a series of on-line surveys conducted earlier this year.
And we identified these archetypes in the stories and the work we do as facilitators some real insights started to emerge – and great discussion would follow…but what! We’ve run out of time! We had to finish – and so do I, for now, so more on this later.