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Diane, you (co-)lead the session very well and created a safe space by the warm facilitation style, sensitive replies and by your charming explanation why you could not reply to Mary directly. You inspired a wonderful discussion, appreciating both channel of replies, chat and spoken. Generally, you created a positive and safe space by being very sensitive to the atmosphere, inspiring discussions, engage and summarize replies competently and aptly.
You facilitated impartiality and common humanity beautifully, using your own style and words. You found beautiful metaphors: “Ploughing the field of our heart” and sometimes sat appropriately and confidently with silence when asking open questions. Your first slides were a bit too fastly paced though. You could have paused sometimes longer to wait for more replies and checking whether there were any questions.
o Adds on to Mary’s question re: practice the skills (“other side of coin is to ask if there have been any challenges with the skills”); showing that she is an active facilitator even when it is not ‘her turn’
o Introduces self and acknowledges that she was eating when Mary introduced her earlier (authenticity, creating safe space)
Asks group what farmer image brings up (facilitation)
Affirming and agreeable to participants’ responses even if it wasn’t “the right CIT answer” ; safe, inviting tone
Good command over the content when explaining the metaphor of the sun hitting the earth from different angles (clear, concise, in alignment with CIT)
o Common Humanity slide
Asks group what the image brings up (again facilitation)
Asks questions about common humanity, reducing bias… great, clear questions but did not leave any space for us to answer. I would have liked to have had a moment to ponder/process and to hear a response or two before moving to the next question
Gives the CIT definition of common humanity
There has been a nice flow when you took over the Common Humanity Activity from Mary. Great job.
Your very calm and natural way of facilitation has been wonderful. You were great at monitoring the group, the atmosphere and the chat at the same time, picking up the needs here, replying amazingly, e.g. to Jeanne, very compassionate, sensitive and knowledgable.
You expressed great teamwork regarding your co-facilitators. You handled tech wonderfully, which is not an easy task and tackled tech challenges nicely.
o Continued with common humanity exercise, picking up with remaining photos
o Managing the slides - great work! Authenticity when there were challenges and yet taking them with flexibility and grace
o Invites participants to share thoughts re: common humanity slide with 100s of people; what does everyone have in common? - good facilitation; calm and inviting tone
o Recap of session’s concepts; invites the group to take a moment to reflect on the session and then invites us to share before completing the session (facilitation)
o Held and maintained a safe space for Jeanne, reminded group of confidentiality
Regarding the parts you presented of skill 5 I do not have major suggestions for improvement other than those integrated above.
It has been a very authentic session with a nice flow between the three of you.
Regarding the change of the video I personally found it would not have been necessary. Even though the video “All that we are” might have been more diverse regarding the participants, I sort of preferred the Danish version “All that we share” as it still displays a very diverse group on a different level and due to the close ups and the less distant camera, one really feels part of it and I felt very much impacted by that.
You as a team decided to have a very active chat and had amazing and deep discussions here which for my taste distracted from the facilitation. It might be better to integrate that into the general group discussion. We want to be inclusive yet not invite competing discussions between facilitators.