A FACILITATOR ASSISTS LARGE GROUPS IN HAVING AN ORGANIZED DISCUSSION
Facilitation is in many respects mediation in a large setting. A facilitatror is used when a group needs someone to helop organize the discussion, dientify optioins and prehaps help delvoep a consensus recommenation. Particularly if the facilitator is hired by a governmental authority, his role may end with the delivery of options or recommendations. If he is hired by a private party, then he may go further and work with the parties until they are able to resolve the dispute and draft a memorandum of understanding.
Some areas where facilitation is useful are:
- Community meetings – Whether for a governmental, not-for-profit, or for profit organization, facilitation can maximize public input from disparate, even contentious groups;
- Issue resolution – Facilitation can bring the "stakeholders" together in a neutral setting, designed to get the parties to go beyond stating their position and to resolve the issue(s);
- Workplace disputes – Gets employees and managers talking to one another to resolve existing problems and to build a stronger working environment;
- Organizational improvement – New Directors/Officers/Organizations Leaders? Need teambuilding? Facilitation helps employees, managers or orgainzational leaders to talk to one another in a positive, creative, problem solving manner;
- Strategic planning – Developing a strategic plan? Need organizational brainstorming? Facilitation will bring organization members to work and think together, and bring out the creativity from within the organization.
- Project planning – Find out from the public what they want and need, and potential barriers and solutions towards successful completion from within and outside of your orgnization;
- Conference Facilitation – Liven up a conference while getting the participants actively engaged;
- Focus groups – Bring in a professional skilled neutral facilitator to get group members' honest opinions and creative suggestions.
Mr. Baum gets people talking together in a non-confrontational manner to bring about cooperation from the participants. In recognition of his skills, Mr. Baum was chosen by the Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO), a part of the Maryland Court of Appeals, as one of the 24 Certified Facilitators for Major Public Policy Issues in Maryland.