I am still intrigued by Dynamic Facilitation. I was recently asked a question about it: What about facilitator bias? Made me think and I discussed this question in various places. Clearly there is a lot of skill needed in the facilitation, however it is a clearly prescribed process.
Several things guard against excessive dependence on the facilitator, and prevent bias.
- The focus on the creative output. I imagine this is facilitated by the charts.
- The equal weight given to divergent perspectives.
Then as I was pondering this a podcast arrived – probably had been on the ipod for a while:
Psychologist interviews Jim Rough. Shrink Rap Radio
It is an excellent interview, it is not full of technical details, the simplicity of the method continues to impress.
And on facilitator bias, Jim at one point shows how he does not say “I hear you … ” too much “I”, we want to leave that out. ”
Jim’s presentation makes what he does seem so ordinary and invisible that it is worth looking at Rosa Zubizarreta’s Manual for Jim Rough’s Dynamic Facilitation Method.