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Facilitating an Everyday Life
and what really matters
in a New Story
by John Lord, Barbara Leavitt and Charlotte Dingwall
This book is about independent facilitationů
Independent facilitation frees facilitators to be dedicated to citizens who experience vulnerability because of labels, disability, chronic illness, poverty, or aging. Facilitators are independent of biases from others such as service systems and funding bodies.
Independent facilitation puts belief and hope in community because that is where relationships and safeguards play out for all of us.
Independent facilitation builds resilience and capacity in individuals, families, and communities.
Independent facilitation flourishes when it is embedded in community, in facilitator networks, and is supported by local action and government policy.
This book is for people like us, people who want to make a difference, who want to feel free to be dedicated to a person; to citizens who experience vulnerability. People who want to use an effective process that is a change maker.
Independent facilitation is an emerging craft. Facilitators in the New Story believe that community is always the answer. We reject approaches that do not lead people to relationships in their community. And while independent facilitation may touch the service system to access supports for a person, it is independent of agendas, expectations, and accountabilities of service systems.
John, Barbara & Charlotte
"Facilitating an Everyday Life is an invaluable resource that inspires and guides us in the craft of meaningful collaboration, real listening, dialogue, planning and problem-solving. Packed with practical guidelines and compelling examples, yet firmly rooted in the research and principles of self-determination, community connections and capacity building, it is a must read for anyone who loves or supports a person as a family member, friend, facilitator, support circle member,
social service worker, or neighborhood leader."
Barbara Collier, Executive Director
Augmentative Communication Community Partnerships Canada