Facilitator Training

Collaboratory Facilitator Training 2017-2018

Are you interested in contributing to collective intelligence for addressing complex adaptive challenges? The collaboratory is a powerful co-creative stakeholder engagement process for making progress on complex societal challenges in view of desirable futures. However diverse the participants, a collaboratory taps into collective intelligence, stimulates deeper layers of creativity and surfaces fresh approaches to burning issues. The collaboratory methodology merges several time-tested holistic approaches, such as Appreciative Inquiry, Design Thinking, Open Space, Theory U, and Whole Person Learning, into an energizing vision-to-action choreography.

The LiFT project is doing action research on facilitating collaboratories. Through years of experience in different contexts, we have learned some things we would like to share. For this purpose we have designed a training program including a summer school to run in July 2018.

Our train-the-trainer course is accepting participants now.

If you are an institution in the area of (higher or adult) education and interested in becoming an institutional partner in hosting or accrediting a facilitator training course, we would like to hear from you too.

Contact us at: info@leadership-for-transition.eu.


More info on the LiFT facilitator training:

The purpose of the facilitator training is to spread the benefits of the collaboratory. The training is designed to develop your capability to successfully design, organise, lead, facilitate and document collaboratories.


The training covers

  1. Foundations: Dimensions of responsible leadership in face of grand challenges and wicked problems (developmental perspective, inner/outer change, stimulating a culture of co-creation).
  2. Design: The collaboratory as an integrative methodology of co-creative stakeholder involvement (foundations, typical methods for designing each phase of the collaboratory, adaptations and implementation examples).
  3. Implementation: Facilitation options, challenges and resources (for planning and debriefing, inviting and engaging diverse stakeholders, opening and closing, setting the stage and holding the space, defining the issue and wording a guiding question, interruptions and conflicts, harvesting and documentation).


The training is focused on reflective practice. It has a strong emphasis on experiential learning in a community of practice. This is complemented by targeted readings of conceptual frameworks, cases and methods that support the reflection of the experience. The training stimulates awareness of the multiple dimensions of hosting conversations, of holding space in respect of human diversity and of facilitating beyond words.


This is a training for facilitators, trainers, educators, organisational developers, event organisers, innovation managers, social entrepreneurs, scholar-practitioners, and activists, as well as every other person interested in addressing complex problems through a co-creative stakeholder engagement process. Priority will be given to persons that have already experienced a collaboratory as a participant (or related approaches, such as U-Lab, Dragon Dreaming, Future Conference, etc.).

For more information contact us at: info@leadership-for-transition.eu.

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