Facilitating Organizational Learning & Development (FOLD)

Facilitating Organisation Development (FOLD) is a unique training course for the practice of Organisation Development (OD), especially suited for organisations keen to add value to their institutional environments through developmental practice.

Course objectives

Leadership development 

FOLD creates new perspectives on organizations as places of development and growth and builds transformational leadership qualities. Transformational leaders facilitate organizational learning to support the emergence of new knowledge, attitudes and development in workplaces.

Facilitation skills

FOLD enables participants to cultivate a posture, skills, knowledge and attitude for facilitating organizational culture change and coaching leaders to move from self-preservation to more transformational interactions with organizational and local community members. 

Tools

Participants are trained in the use of specific tools for process consultation in support of organizational and personal change management. 

Becoming an OD practitioner/consultant

FOLD establishes a strong foundation, with essential skills and knowledge of the discipline, for those who would like to develop a practice in OD consultancy work

Civil society capacity for driving change and sustainable local development

The course supports civil society institutional growth in times of rapid change, particularly by strengthening the capacity of CSOs to sustain their advocacy agendas through effective partnerships, networking and movement building.

FOLD is specifically designed to enable participants to:

  • Acquire a professional understanding of how organizations function and develop over time;
  • Develop skills for organizational diagnosis
  • Make interventions that transform  organization’ capacity to learn and work more consciously and developmentally with structure, systems and policies;
  • Facilitate organizations to function as team that drive change through more transformational modes of interacting;
  • Initiate self-development journeys to become effective facilitators of learning and change in organizations
  • Facilitate organizational capacities to work effectively through collective intelligence and values that sustain effective inter-organizational networks and movements.

Who can attend?

Participants from individual NGOs, networks and civil society movements. Government leaders and civil servants at various levels. The course is highly recommended for:

  • Heads of organizations—being strategically placed as leaders to help an organization in its learning processes and to develop its capacities for effective management of its purpose and operations.
  • Programme Managers (Coordinators) who facilitate project activities and capacity development of local partner organizations.
  • Community Development Officers at local government levels
  • Individuals seeking to acquire knowledge and proficiency in OD consulting skills.
  • Attend and complete all three modules;
  • Undertake and complete a learning /change management project in their own organizations, which they will have to present during the course;
  • Allocate time for follow-up practice strengthening activities.
  • Sending organizations are requested to support their participating members to carry out change management projects (Back Home Projects - BHP) that are critical for practicing and successful completion of the training. The BHP also helps the organization begin to explore some of its critical questions for development, or identify where it may be getting stuck.
  • The course comprises three one week residential modules, spread over eight months;
  • The training process is centered around collective learning exercises, special inputs and sharing of experiences by participants, particularly through Back Home Projects (BHPs).
  • Participants are trained in the methodologies of facilitation, including working with tools and processes for managing resistance to change and development processes.
  • Cooperation games and surfacing of values support the building of awareness, skills, connectedness and commitment to sustainable inter-organizational networking and movement building.

The best results are achieved when two or more members of the same organization can act as mutual mentors and a nucleus for team and organizational learning. Organizations are therefore encouraged to send more than one participant wherever possible.

(Please consider gender balance when sending more than one participant)

Role of participants & sending organizations

Participants are required to:

  • Attend and complete all three modules;
  • Undertake and complete a learning /change management project in their own organizations, which they will have to present during the course;
  • Allocate time for follow-up practice strengthening activities.
  • Sending organizations are requested to support their participating members to carry out change management projects (Back Home Projects - BHP) that are critical for practicing and successful completion of the training. The BHP also helps the organization begin to explore some of its critical questions for development, or identify where it may be getting stuck.

Course methodology

FOLD is a practical, hands-on training that works with experience. Action-learning is the essential methodology, tool and process. A back home project undertaken and presented by each participant over the three modules forms the basis for each individual’s learning.

  • The course comprises three one week residential modules, spread over eight months;
  • The training process is centered around collective learning exercises, special inputs and sharing of experiences by participants, particularly through Back Home Projects (BHPs).
  • Participants are trained in the methodologies of facilitation, including working with tools and processes for managing resistance to change and development processes.
  • Cooperation games and surfacing of values support the building of awareness, skills, connectedness and commitment to sustainable inter-organizational networking and movement building. 

Course content

Understanding Organization learning &Development, plus how organizations function and change over time.

Learning to work with tools for diagnosing existing situations in organizations, leading to strategic shifts and new capacities for sustained effectiveness;

  • Essential principles in facilitating change and development;
  • Practical exercises for facilitating individual, team and leadership development in organizational and collaborative situations;
  • Facilitating ownership of learning as a pre-requisite for change and development;
  • Introduction to self-development as a key component of systems for organizational learning and development.

The course content above is organized around three main emphases focused on each module:

MODULE

OVERALL OBJECTIVE

SPECIAL FOCUS

I

Establishing participants’ organizations as the institutional context for practical learning to build a foundation for their ability to work with diagnostic tools

Participants are introduced to a number of diagnostic tool and frameworks for understanding organizational functioning, learning and development over time.

II

Practical exercises build participants’ understanding and skills for facilitating teamwork, organizational learning systems and sustainable collaboration of networks and movements...

Participants are introduced to tools for team building, leadership development and diagnosing organizational culture and leveraging connectedness and commitment in networking and movement building situations.

III

Exploring the dominant posture and approach in the various back-home projects to develop the right posture and skills of a facilitator or leader as change agent

Participants learning about becoming one’s “own best tool”, through exercises that enhance the quality of a facilitator or facilitative leader.

IV

Participants share experiences to provide proof of what capacity development strategies are working well and plan new initiatives for practice improvement towards effective support to local development activities.  

  • Learning and practice development of participants.
  • Creative and innovative thinking;
  • Planning projects to address identified questions or problem areas.

 (Each of the 1st 3 modules above is a full six days.  Module IV is 4 days – see below)

 

4th Module of FOLD is organized collaboratively by EASUN and APODEA (Association for Practicing OD in East Africa). 

All FOLD graduates are invited at strategic intervals to a workshops that explore capacity development practices and plan projects for increasing the effectiveness of capacity building for local organizational and community development. The workshops are organized to enable participants deliberate as follow:

  1. Share evidence of what is working well in the field
  2. Share and discuss evolving capacity development needs
  3. Plan innovative practical projects for developmental solutions to improve capacity building practice in East Africa
  4. Explore networking means for replication/adoption of the new ideas and implementation of innovative projects. 

The 4th module is organized jointly by EASUN and APODEA (Association for Practicing OD in East Africa).

(Participants register for module 4 separately, which attracts a contribution of USD 150.- from each participant).

 

FOLD Course fees

The total course fee is USD 2,160. -. This covers training (facilitation) fees, course materials and course administration, as well as full board accommodation for 3 modules. The full amount of USD 2,160.- must be paid to EASUN  in advance, in order to be allowed to register for the course

 

APPLY NOW to attend EASUN’s FOLD training

The training will introduce you to the field and discipline of OD (Organization Development), equip you with tools and process facilitation techniques, as well as leadership capacities for guiding transformative change in complex organizational and community situations. The training runs in three modules. FOLD is a highly sought after training by NGO leaders and development consultants from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. It is particularly suitable for Heads of organizations and senior programme staff in development organizations (CSOs). For maximum impact on your organizational learning we recommend two participants per organization.

The training runs in three modules. EASUN looks forward to its next intake of training in 2016 as follows: Cycle “V”, Kampala, Uganda starts with module 1 from 17th - 23rd April 2016. Modules II and III will be held also for 6 days each in July and October 2016. Cycle “W” is planned for Kenya and Tanzania, to be held in Moshi (Tanzania). Module 1 is planned for15th - 21st May 2016. Modules II & III will take place in August (14-19) and November (6-12)

FOLD is facilitated by OD consultants associated with EASUN, a professional OD facilitating organization in East Africa. We are based in Arusha, Tanzania. Follow up practice development for trained individuals will expose you to some world famous OD consultants from the African continent, Europe and North America.

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