Groupe Facilitation
Facilitation Tools Training
Powerful methods to facilitate and build consensus in groups


Improve your teams’ decision-making processes

The CAUX-Initiatives of Change Foundation (CAUX-IofC) and the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA:UK) offer training courses in facilitation methods that will strengthen your role as a facilitator. 

Guiding and supporting groups to better identify, solve and make decisions around challenges is key to be more effective and to produce greater impact. This training course is the perfect opportunity to expand your toolbox and become an extraordinary facilitator.


Upcoming Courses:

To be announced



All training courses take place in the very centrally located GCSP premises, in Maison de la Paix / Geneva. 


Why these training courses?

Participation and ownership matter. In every time zone and in private, public, and community settings, Technology of Participation (ToP) methods and tools are bringing high levels of participation to decision-making and planning processes while embedding the ability to create specific customised applications. They cultivate the collective ideas that result in breakthrough changes and generate the spirit of commitment that leads to and supports action for change.


Who is this for?

The trainings are suited for: Executive Directors, event and project managers, educators, trainers, consultants, professional facilitators, supervisors, community activists, and group leaders of any kind. The training suits all levels of experience. Both courses also contribute to established international facilitator competencies. The Technology of Participation (ToP) facilitation techniques are in use by more than 20,000 facilitators worldwide.



The courses present the methods in a practical and participatory way. Methods are first demonstrated, then analysed and discussed, and then practiced individually or in supportive small groups with guided reflection and feedback. Finally, participants plan how they will apply each method in their own situations. Participants will develop their skills, share experiences and gain an in-depth understanding of the principles behind the methods.


What past participants say

This was one of the most useful, challenging and educative courses I have taken in my 26 year of professional life. I highly recommend it and look forward to immediately apply what I have learnt in my professional and private life. I will also explore opportunities for further, deeper training in this field in the near future.

J. Maximilian Bankole Jarrett, Africa Progress Panel

I thought there is no good training you can make in two days. Now I changed my mind.

Esad Smajlovic, GIZ Bosnia Herzegovina

Very pleased to have learnt two new concrete facilitation methods that I can put into practice straight away.

Laure Felix-Bower, independent consultant


About the training courses



Jonathan Dudding is the Director of ICA:UK. Jonathan has been working with different members of the ICA network for over 20 years, developing skills in consultancy, facilitation and training. He is a recognised as a lead trainer in ICA’s Technology of Participation. Working primarily with international clients, Jonathan has worked with governments, international and local organisations, particularly in Europe and Africa.


Bhavesh Patel designs and facilitates meetings to explore organisational issues and opportunities, and offers skills training in coaching, communication, and facilitation. His approach is to use participatory methods that engage collective intelligence and leadership. He believes that in an increasingly complex world there are no off-the-shelf solutions. Organisations can find their own answers through engaging the hearts and minds of their own people. His clients have included Motorola, Deutsche Bank, Malaysia TV3, Monetary Authority of Singapore, Aberdeen Asset Management, Singapore Institute of Management, Lafarge, Fraser & Neave, Zuellig Pharma, Bangkok Bank, Prudential, World Wide Fund for Nature, World Health Organisation.




Established in 1946, the CAUX-Initiatives of Change Foundation (CAUX-IofC) main approach is to bring global change through personal change. CAUX-IofC provides a safe and privileged space to inspire, equip and connect individuals, groups and organisations from around the globe to engage effectively and innovatively in trustbuilding, ethical leadership, sustainable living and human security. CAUX-IofC is the Swiss body of Initiatives of Change International (IofC).

ICA:UK draws on more than 50 years of global experience in human, community and organisational development. As part of the ICA International network of 30 organisations across five continents, ICA:UK focuses on the human factor in world development, developing, sharing and applying effective facilitation methods designed to release human potential and give people greater control over their own development.

Both organizations started their collaboration in 2011, with the involvement of ICA:UK with the Caux Conferences, providing design and facilitation support through the Caux Conferences Design Team. In 2014, the collaboration extended with the first Group Facilitation Methods course being run jointly in Geneva. The partnership between CAUX-IofC and ICA:UK goes beyond this joint venture. Both organizations have in common that they aim to achieve global and social change, and have complementary approaches. CAUX-IofC focuses on the personal change process and ICA focuses on the way groups work together.


Fees 2017

Payments need to be issued no later than 5 days before the start of the training.



Package (all four trainings)

























Not-for-profit/ Individuals










These fees include training documentation, lunch and coffee breaks.



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Brigitt Altwegg – Project Manager

CAUX-Initiative of Change Foundation
Rue de Varembé 1, CH–1202 Genève
phone: +41 22 749 16 27 / cell: +41 79 383 11 07




Thursday, 9. November 2017 - 9:15 to Friday, 10. November 2017 - 16:15
Facilitation Tools Method Training

The Participatory Strategic Planning (PSP) training will teach you 4-stage process (Practical Vision, Underlying Contradictions, Strategic Directions and Implementation Plan) for planning and implementing medium to long-term strategies for teams, departments, communities and organisations.

Tuesday, 7. November 2017 - 9:00 to Wednesday, 8. November 2017 - 17:00
Facilitation Tools Method Training

The Group Facilitation Methods (GFM) training will teach you versatile, powerful techniques for structuring group conversations and finding group consensus. It introduces the foundations of the Technology of Participation (ToP) approach by teaching the Focused Conversation and the Consensus Workshop methods. It will allow you to make meetings more effective, engage groups to develop creative solutions and to help groups identify and understand their shared ideas and goals.

Tuesday, 1. November 2016 - 9:00 to Friday, 4. November 2016 - 17:30
Groupe Facilitation

Learn concrete tools to make your meetings, group work or management more efficient and effective.

Following the success of the Group Facilitation Methods and Action Planning courses in 2014 and 2015, in 2016, the CAUX-Initiatives of Change Foundation and the Institute of Cultural Affairs UK are offering four additional training courses.

On Wednesday and Thursday 25-26 November 2015, a 2-day Group Facilitation Methods training will take place in Geneva, followed by an Action Planning training on 27 November 2015. These practical trainings offer powerful methods and tools for generating consensus in groups and for building ownership of projects or events. They are suited for all levels of experience, from group leaders to professional facilitators and Executive Directors.

The first Group Facilitation Methods training in Switzerland was organized by CAUX-Initiatives of Change in partnership with ICA:UK and the Impact Hub Geneva on 12-13 November 2014.

Wednesday, 12. November 2014 (All day) to Thursday, 13. November 2014 (All day)

Group Facilitation Methods (GFM) training in november 2014 at the Impact Hub Geneva: Learn participatory methods for successfully facilitating meetings and events!

Group Facilitation Methods (GFM) training on 2-3 September 2014 at the Impact Hub Geneva: Learn participatory methods for successfully facilitating meetings and events!