HueLife provided virtual facilitation services for the Chaska groups, incorporating a variety of techniques and strategies that significantly contributed to the overall success of the project. The framework for the experience included the following components:
• Prep: Pre-interviews of team members to discover pain points, underlying alignment, and hopes for the workshop facilitation services safe space
• Facilitation: World Café to tap into the wisdom already present, create a safe space for people from different backgrounds to share their perspective, and to develop new insights as people from different experiences honor unique contributions and connect ideas
• Report: Delivery of written recap of meeting outcomes
During the pre-interview process, HueLife staff met with each City Council and HRC member individually. The interviews ultimately produced a social mirror that optimized self-reflection through others’ viewpoints. By discovering individual perspectives first, facilitators were able to paint a picture that acknowledged all perspectives – thereby assisting the group in finding common ground. Using a mural as a metaphor; each person held a unique piece of the puzzle and the process of putting all of them together allowed all participants to see the mural in its entirety.
The workshop was facilitated by three HueLife consultants in a large group format and in small breakout groups. By incorporating a World Café approach (moving participants through rounds of questions and moving from breakout room to breakout room) many different voices in the space surfaced each round resulting in tremendously rich and productive conversations. The World Café approach cultivated shared knowledge and understanding of the group by mining the intelligence and experiences of those who are present. Instead of focusing on what is missing, the group focused on what was in front of them. Their combined knowledge and insight emerged as creative thinking, collective discoveries, resolution & reflection, and the development of next action steps.
After the pre-interview process was completed, and after completion of only one facilitated session the group is now ready to move forward achieving the desired outcomes. Just as importantly, leadership was able to confidently demonstrate vulnerability, bravery, and listen to the strong desire, passion for, and commitment to racial equity in the community.