Facilitation is any activity that makes tasks for others easy, or tasks that are assisted. It is used in business and organizational settings to ensure the designing and running of successful meetings and workshops.
In typical meetings, official leaders establish both the questions and the answers while maintaining control. Creativity is discouraged. In our facilitation and coordination processes, we gain order from respectful structure rather than control. We initiate questions, suggestions, allow divergence and convergence, and watch for insights that emerge from collective synergy. We select and collect (harvest) our learnings and outcomes as a group and take shared responsibility for next directions to produce more sustainable actions.