Foundations of facilitation

BRISBANE  7, 14, 21, 28 May 2024


"Foundations of facilitation" is one of my regular workshops recently modified to take account of the current trends and likely futures.

The world is changing ...
and to remain effective, our communication, and decision making, and work relationships must change too.

Increasingly, the "soft skills" of facilitation and collective decision making are becoming more relevant ... for everyone, not just facilitators.  The most basic skills, addressed in this program, have been desirable (though neglected) in the past. The most likely future very probably will demand them.

Note: This webinar program replaces the "Foundations of facilitation" experiential workshop while Covid-19 creates some risk for people in conventional workshops.
For further details contact Bob Dick, bd (at)

Who is it for?

This is a program for people who wish to improve their skills at group discussion, decision making, problem solving, planning and other activities, and for facilitating such activities.  It is for people who work with adults of any age, teenagers or children in group settings.

We assume that all people have experience of group activities, perhaps more than they know.  The workshop is designed to help you become more aware of what you already know.  It will also enhance and add to the methods and processes you use in group settings.  You will be introduced to simple ideas, techniques and processes that offer immediate improvement to your decision making and problem solving.

People who can benefit from the workshop include managers, group leaders in all settings, educators, teachers and trainers, beginning facilitators, community and youth workers, and the like.  It is also relevant for anyone who takes part in group decisions.  If you expect that your future situation will probably be more turbulent than at present, the program will be especially relevant for you.

When is it?

Four 2-hour webinars, spaced weekly
7, 14, 21, 28 May 2024, 6:30-8:30 pm Queensland time, using the Zoom platform.


From the convenience and comfort of your own workplace, office or home -- from wherever you have access to the internet.


To ensure relevance, workshop content will be developed partly in consultation with participants.  It is likely to include skills, concepts, processes and techniques for

building a cohesive group or team

building commitment to a shared and inspirational future

developing agreement on more effective ways of working together

improving group decision making and problem solving

enhancing learning in educational and other settings

facilitating participative community and organisational change

improving your practice at facilitating, leading, and participating in groups.

In other words, to help you improve your work in groups, whether it is formal or informal, and whatever the situation.


Participants will help to determine the process and content of the webinar program.  Subject to this negotiation they can anticipate an involving process which provides a mix of theory, discussion and activity.  There will be small group work in breakout groups to help participants consolidate the skills, techniques and concepts.

Appropriate handouts will be provided.


The webinar facilitator is Bob Dick.  Bob is a Brisbane-based educator, facilitator and consultant whose reputation as educator and facilitator is based on over five decades of relevant experience in a variety of community, educational and organisational settings.

Those of you who are familiar with Bob's work will know that his style is casual and highly participative, his processes are robust and learnable, and his documentation clear, readable and practical.  His workshops are characterised by an integration of theory and practice, with equal emphasis on the development of skills and understanding.  The processes and models he helps others learn are those which he makes use of in his own work.


The total fee for the webinar program is $550.00 ($500 + GST) per person, payable in advance.  An early bird rate of $440 is available for fees received 21 days in advance.  All prices are in Australian dollars and include GST.

We are keen to encourage team attendance (for better learning transfer).  Therefore, a further discount of $110 per person applies to any participants who attend as a team of two or more from the same organisation or other unit.

Cancellations will result in a 90 per cent refund if received 9 days before the first webinar in the program, and a 50 per cent refund if received 48 hours before the first webinar.  Alternatively, participants who are unable to attend are welcome to substitute someone else, for a webinar or the entire program.

A limited number of half-price bursaries may be available for those genuinely unable to pay the full fee, or other arrangements may be possible. 
Ring Bob or Camilla on (07) 3378 5365 to discuss this.

To register

For many people, the easiest way to register and pay is to download and complete the subscription form, use the bank details on the form to pay by bank transfer, and email the completed form to bd (at)
Alternatively, telephone Camilla or Bob at (07) 3378 5365 to charge your attendance to your Visa or MasterCard. Then email the subscription form as above.

Negotiate your own in-house workshop

If you would prefer to have a workshop or webinar program specifically designed to meet your particular needs, and run for you in your organisation or community or on Zoom, Interchange would be pleased to do that.  Important advantages of in-house and in-community workshops and webinars include their relevance (we fine-tune them to your needs), and their greater ease of application by you to real local issues.

Interchange    37 Burbong Street  Chapel Hill  Queensland  4069    Australia
Telephone (07) 3378 5365   Fax (07) 3878 4338   email

Maintained by Bob Dick.  This page last revised 2023 10 27.

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