What is Integral Facilitation?
Integral Facilitation is a model based on Ken Wilber's Integral
Map applied to the theory and practice of Facilitation and Group
Process. This is a work in progress by FacilitatorU.com.
Why a Model of Integral Facilitation?
We are developing this model partly because of our passion for
the Facilitative Skill Set, and partly because we feel that an "Integral"
model that paints the big picture of this skill set, including its
corresponding tools, techniques, behaviors, and desired outcomes,
might be a useful tool for both new and seasoned change agents.
With change happening so rapidly and so much seemingly at stake
as our evolution accelerates, it seems to us that effective change
agents will be key to helping us navigate and create a preferred
Below is a short summary of each quadrant of the model.
By clicking on the diagrams on the home page, you can also view
detailed maps of each quadrant.
Quadrant 1 (Upper Left (Q1)). The subjective, internal world of
The upper left quadrant is concerned with the Facilitator’s
inner world. We might call this the “self-facilitation”
within which all competent facilitators must be actively engaged.
As facilitators of healthy group process, we must be vigilant with
regard to our personal values, biases, and motivations as these
will impact our neutrality if they remain unconscious. Here we also
talk about the various competencies an effective facilitator should
possess, his/her temperament and how that impacts relating to the
temperaments of other individuals and groups, and the level of consciousness
of the facilitator relative to their group and how this might impact
Quadrant 2:Upper Right. The objective, external world.
The upper right quadrant contains all discussions involving the
external world of things, which includes the observable behavior
of the facilitator and the physical environments within which facilitation
occurs. Here, we talk of the behaviors and personality attributes
of an effective facilitator, together with the physical, logistical,
and individual role components that impact the success of a group.
Quadrant 3: Lower Left. The collective, internal world.
The lower left quadrant deals with the collective internal world,
in other words, “group culture.” Here we explore what
it takes to design and implement processes that inspires an atmosphere
that helps groups accomplish their goals and maintain or enhance
their relationships. How do we get them to work effectively as groups,
to learn as groups, and to take advantage of the synergy available
only to groups? Here we look at methods, processes, and techniques
that will help a group become a team and to develop consensus around
vision, mission, values, and purpose—those internal motivators
that fuel group action in the outer world.
Quadrant 4: Lower Right.. The collective, external world.
The lower right quadrant, the collective external domain, deals
with the application of models, processes, structures, and strategies
that may be employed to positively influence groups and organizations.
One might refer to the elements here as the “mechanics”
of Facilitation. Here we look at the behaviors of functional groups
and employ strategies to support this behavior, and the many methods,
processes, and techniques that will help a group develop effective
plans, strategies, and solutions. In this quadrant, we are also
concerned with the organizational dynamics present in a group and
how that impacts and informs facilitation strategies.
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