Think Tank: Facilitators’ Playground

Think Tank:  Facilitators’ Playground

November 10, 2016, Portland, Oregon

Think Tank
Facilitator's Playground
Share, Learn, Practice, Connect
Do you facilitate, train, speak, consult, lead, or just enjoy learning new ways of doing things?
This opportunity is for you:

  • Bring your favorite facilitation tool or technique, to share with others
  • Learn about new ones
  • Try out ones that you know about but have not experienced
  • Experience what it is like to participate

Join us for an evening of fun and experimentation. As a facilitator, trainer, consultant, or leader you may have a special tool or technique or new social technology that you would like to share, practice, and/or experience. This evening is your chance!

If you wish to facilitate in the showcase, please come prepared with everything you need to both share and run your tool / technique. The list of options is vast and growing. To give you some ideas, check out the links below:

We will use an unconference approach which can be conducted using a number of facilitation styles. Some of these are:

  • Birds of a feather
  • Dotmocracy
  • Fishbowl
  • Ignite
  • Knowledge Cafe
  • Lightning talks
  • Open Space Technology
  • PechaKucha
  • Speed geeking
  • World Café

How things will unfold for the evening will depend on how many show up to participate and those who have something to showcase. We will self-organize into clusters and do concurrent facilitations. If it is a smaller group we will organize the evening to try out as many different structures of your interest that fit into the time.

We hope to develop enough enthusiasm and momentum to spark a continuation of the “Facilitators’ Playground” in the form of a Meetup Group. If there is enough interest, we will connect on a quarterly basis as a way for local facilitators and participants to learn and develop skills, test facilitation tools, and partner with other facilitators who are willing to share in a fun, safe learning community. It can be viewed as a value-add extension of OODN.


photo-jered-stewartJered Stewart, a husband, father, consultant, and Inupiat tribe member; founded Cultureflo in 2012. He wanted to more broadly help his tribe and his clients after spending many years developing and working in a corporate setting. Cultureflo came into being to fulfill his vision of making a broad & positive impact by using his organization development training and gifts to work across boundaries and in versatile settings.

Cultureflo works with many clients today in the government, healthcare, non-profit, and private sectors to create positive changes, relevant projects, and leadership growth. This is done by placing the client relationship first and working together to create meaningful engagements while checking in along the way to make sure we are on the right path. I promise to not give you another binder to sit and collect dust on the shelf.

photo-christine-brautigamChristine A. Brautigam founded Inspired Agility in 2015 to offer training programs for meaningful work and healthy environments. Her extensive career experience has been focused on the software industry and is now evolving to bring smart Agile practices to other industries. Her current path is through brain-based learning techniques, mindful change management, and deliberately developmental organizations. Christine has a passion for Organization Development and enthusiastically learns and shares concepts and practices from Theory U + U.Lab,, Responsive.Org, Deliberately Developmental Organizations (Robert Kegan & Jennifer Garvey-Berger), and “all things integral” Christine is a back-of-the-room trainer dedicated to your development.


Date:  Thursday, November 10, 2016
Time:  5 - 8 pm

  • 5:00 - 5:30 pm:  Gather and Connect
  • 5:30 - 5:45 pm:  Welcome and OODN Updates
  • 5:45 - 7:45 pm:  Networking
  • 7:45 - 8:00 pm:  Debrief and What's Coming Next for OODN

Location:  Lucky Lab, 1945 NW Quimby, Portland, Oregon, 97209
Parking:  Parking is available on the street with limited parking undercover in the courtyard.
Cost:  $10 Chapter members and Partner Organizations; $35 others.
Refreshments:  Light refreshments will be served. Beer and wine available for purchase.
RSVP:  Through Eventbrite. Online registration available until 8 am the morning of the event.  Registration also available at the door.
Questions:  Joann Gadbaw,