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Facilitating an Everyday Life – The Power and Potential of Independent Facilitation, with John Lord

November 27, 2012

We were excited to host John Lord in Vancouver at the Centre for Peace (one of our favourite places for reflection).   John gave a workshop based on his new book, Facilitating an Everyday Life: Independent Facilitation and what really matters in a New Story, by John Lord, Barbara Leavitt  and Charlotte Dingwall.   Most of John’s books, and other materials on best practices in the support of folks with intellectual disabilities, community leadership and creative facilitation, are available at – one of Canada’s great resources!  We have a few copies at

It was an engaging and exciting day for about fifty people interested in supporting folks to build and expand their networks – friends from a number of agencies and PLAN were there, as well as people who are independent of any organizations.   John has always been one of our great teachers so it’s great to spend some more time with him and see where his ideas, and our own, are going.   The graphics give you a sense of the conversations…  we look forward to more!

Independent facilitation puts belief and hope in community because that is where relationships and safeguards play out for all of us.

Independent facilitation builds resilience and capacity in individuals, families, and communities.

Independent facilitation flourishes when it is embedded in community, in facilitator networks, and is supported by local action and government policy.

It was a day of discussion, engagement, skills building and stories, a day for “people like us, people who want to make a difference, who want to feel free to be dedicated to a person; to citizens who experience vulnerability. People who want to use an effective process that is a change maker. Independent facilitation is an emerging craft. Facilitators in the New Story believe that community is always the answer. We reject approaches that do not lead people to relationships in their community. And while independent facilitation may touch the service system to access supports for a person, it is independent of agendas, expectations, and accountabilities of service systems.”

John talked about a group of independent facilitator who meet monthly to share and reflect, in Ontario, and has been gathering emails and has already brought people together once.

graphics by Aaron Johannes

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  1. November 27, 2012 8:27 am

    Reblogged this on ImagineACircle.

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