“Weaving stories toward global facilitation frontier”.
In recent years, wave of globalization is rapidly spreading into every corner of societies and business circles creating greater challenges and opportunities. The trend will inevitably shift the focus of facilitators’ activities to global collaboration. We facilitators will be expected to facilitate cross-border collaboration to explore new ideas/solutions by leveraging diverse views and wisdom in the world beyond traditional local paradigm. In this conference, we expect to see colorful threads of diverse cultures and methods will be woven together into stories of novel values. We hope they will be inherited to the next series of conferences to make ready for the future challenges in front.
Ohaio gozaimasu (good morning) Tokyo
Conference welcome party :)
and the conference begins...very exciting :)
English was used as the common/global language which did take me by surprise. Even though I knew there would be people form all different nationalities I had this concept that the conference would be in Japanese with an interpretor or 2..not very practical when I think about it now. I have nothing but total respect for all the participants who showed amazing abilities to discuss and grapple with complex concepts in a language that is not their first (which was most of them).
Met a journalist who was there to cover the conference - she had a particular interest in the use of English as it is one of the few times that a conference has been hosted in Japan where they haven't used Japanese as the primary language.
Ms Kimberley Bain, Chair International Association of Facilitators (IAF)
Mr Atsushi Tagashira, Chair FAJ (Facilitators Association of Japan)
Our faces which we drew of each other - I'm top right in blue :)
Everybody putting up their group drawn faces - creating the story begins with context and the people involved
A great way to start the conference - we understand why we're there, who is there, what is going to happen and a sense of how. We've spent some time starting to get to know who is in the group and already starting to understand the diversities and similarities between 180 people from 13 different countries - all passionate about the power of facilitation.
Time to head to my first workshop -
Finding Facilitators’ “Rank” through Drum Circle/Rhythm Activity, Kaoru Sasaki