Lessons learned and other inspirations
First in a series of blogs about creating collaborative, facilitated processes.
Written by Allison Roberts, Co-Owner, Kulshan Services
Being that it's the month for Valentines, we are feeling the love...
With many aspects of civil society showing the strain of civil discord, our sincere compliments go to the groups of people we have worked with who are willing to do the work. They show their commitment by showing up and being ready to work together. Their respect for each other doesn't flag just because they disagree. By committing to a civil process, they are agreeing to trust the process and work together. The alternative is gridlock, indecision, inaction, and discord.
There is another way. We invite people to believe in the process as being as important as the outcome. By building relationships over time, people can build trust and start believing that success is possible. In fact, that's the way we roll here at Kulshan: we believe that the process influences the outcome and that success is possible if people engage in facilitated processes and discussion. (Stay tuned every week for our blog series: Facilitation Matters.)
Facilitated processes set the table for collaborative conversations. These conversations allow people to take a larger view, build trust, take time to chew on the issues, and hear other perspectives.
What's keeping people from entering these conversations? Why is achieving lasting solutions so difficult? Many feel the processes are ponderous, inadequately focused, and poorly managed. Sometimes people simply give up too soon. Others are afraid the playing field might get rough. That's why a facilitator is important.
The payback to entering into collaborative conversations is worth the effort:
Hiring a facilitator may appear extravagant. You may think you have someone in-house who could do it. Or, the process doesn't seem to require hiring someone from the outside. There are probably other reasons organizations go it alone. But they don't have to.
Hiring an outside facilitator is worth it:
We have the honor to work with some amazing clients who hired Kulshan Services to facilitate their conversations . Today, we applaud their willingness to engage, trust, and set the stage for successful conversations by hiring a facilitator. After all, hiring a facilitator may be just the ticket for you or someone you know. Maybe right now or a day a week from now, you'll be thinking of a situation or a group that could benefit from a facilitator.
Share this article with them or contact David to discuss options. We're here to help!
Kulshan Services works with governments, non-profits, and businesses to create opportunities for addressing ecosystem management and restoration, climate change, and sustainability challenges. We possess in-depth environmental, facilitation, sustainability, and technical and field service experience and skill sets.