My approach challenges the things we currently believe are beyond challenge. It invites courageous, innovative and empowered learning that engages our feelings, senses and intuition - as well as our intellect. It offers vibrant, compelling and unique routes to transformational change.
At the core of my approach are four essential elements. These are brought together through a particular style of facilitation. The whole approach has been developed from over 20 years of professional practice, including formal research (see for example Key, 2003; Key, 2015; Crinion, 2015).
The four elements are:
INSIGHT: Wild new ideas and insights
This includes new information and meaning: both that emerges from the participants experience and that is introduced by the facilitator.
CONTEXT: Safe and engaging social contexts
Great care is taken to develop a strong community within learning groups and project teams. This provides opportunities for exploring human relationships which, of course, are the primary conduit for change.
ENVIRONMENT: Beautiful and inspiring environments
This is where my approach is most different. My work always involves time spent in natural environments. Typically these are wild but accessible, adventurous but safe. I also work in urban and indoor environments as a juxtaposition to the wilder ones. And of course, out of practical necessity.
ACTIVITY: Carefully crafted activities
My approach is absolutely not a preset sequence of activities and exercises. It is highly responsive to the needs and emerging dynamics of the learning group or project team, while being skilfully structured around a selection of tried and tested activities. It is not formulated but it does have form.
FACILITATION: Exquisitely facilitated individual and group work
Facilitation provides the glue that holds the four elements together into a cohesive form. It is a subtle and extremely complex cohesion - very easy to understand through experience but very difficult through words. In essence my facilitation style can be characterised as psychological savvy, ecology grounded and client centred. But to really understand it, it has to be experienced…