Jo’s Approach & Methodologies
The methodologies I use in coaching, training and facilitation, research and evaluation incorporate a wide range of participatory techniques. It is based on the works of Byron Katie, Zakes Mda, Paulo Friere, Auguste Boal, Arnold Mindell, Nancy Kline and others, all recognised internationally for their contributions to education and transformation.
It’s learner-centered approach is tailor-made to the needs and the culture of participants.People will only act on, or out, over issues they feel strongly about.
So the methodologies do not focus on content and goals alone. Instead they draw on the intentions, emotions, knowledge and experiences of participants and clients – encouraging them to bring awareness to their own experiences, patterns, power, imagination, will, conscience and wisdom to make decisions and move forward.
It is a future and solutions-focused approach rather than past-based blame and complaining focus. Yet it still takes the time for healing of past traumas and hurts to heal.
It is process and community orientated which means the learning experiences themselves are of value.
Where failure is understood to ‘never’ be a failure but rather a step forward.
It encourages the exploration of the interconnection between all people, living things and the earth.
The approach asks people to transform themselves first, parallel to being change agents within their families, workplaces, and communities.
The facilitator’s role is to ask ‘What’ and ‘How’ rather than provide answers. The quality of the questions produces the quality of the answers.
Participants are given a chance to analyse, identify, and source the cause of their ‘problems’ rather than focusing on the symptoms. They are encouraged to seek alternatives to the frustrating situations they may find themselves in, to seek their own ability to make change possible.
The process inspires authentic dialogue and discovery, which allows them to explore their needs and to dynamise the static situations in a safe environment. The question “How may I serve?” and “Everything is possible” are the underlying themes.
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