Session 21 – The story bistro

Date:  Monday 26 October 2020               Time:  7pm                            Length:  2 hours

Cathryn Lloyd and Andrew Rixon

This session is designed for:
Emerging facilitators                      Still developing                   Wisdom Keeper                  Everyone

Will this session be recorded?                                       No

Important to note:
A maximum of 24 participants for this session

Session Outline

Storytelling and story listening provide rich engagement for exploring identity, purpose and meaning. Through stories we are able to navigate ways in which self and other relate, connect, create and contrast. For facilitators, ingredients such as story-based processes to elicit and listen for stories can be powerful and inclusive ways to work with groups.  Drawing on the menu of Story-based activities in the Story Cookbook: practical recipes for change (2019) Andrew’s and Cathryn’s Story Bistro session invite people to savor and digest the conference theme ‘I am because you are’ through experimenting with a range of tantalising story-based activities.

The purpose of this experiential session is to illuminate the value of facilitating with a range of story-based processes and the creativity and connection it can bring to our facilitation practice.

Key Learning Objectives

Participants attending this session will leave with:

  • An experiential understanding of what working with story-based processes means
  • A deeper understanding of their own story (provenance) and facilitation philosophy
  • Some story-based processes that they could use within an upcoming facilitation

How this session contributes to the AFN Community of Practice

  • Share learning and insights
  • Share story-based processes for using in facilitation practice
  • Build connections and relationships

Toolkit takeaways

A range of story-based activities from the Story Cookbook: practical recipes for change that they can use in their own facilitation practice

Speaker Biographies

Cathryn Lloyd
Cathryn is Founder, Director of Maverick Minds Pty Ltd.  Cathryn facilitates and coaches powerful and flexible learning experiences for leaders, managers, teams and individuals to help shift thinking, gain new perspectives and create positive long-term change.  Her experience across the arts, design, education, and business management sectors provides the foundation for a unique approach to the design and delivery of creative professional development workshops and programs. Clients include government, corporate, not for profit, universities, individuals and groups.  Cathryn holds a research Doctorate in Creative Industries and is Australia’s first certified creativity coach with the Creativity Coaching Association.  She is the co-editor of The Story Cookbook: practical recipes for change (2019).

Andrew Rixon, Ph.D., D.TM.
Andrew is an internationally experienced consultant, coach and educator with a particular interest and passion for innovation, leadership and change.

In 2009, Andrew founded The Story Conference, a national story conference providing a space for practitioners interested in the use and application of story and narrative techniques for individuals, communities and organisations and in 2019 was the co-editor of The Story Cookbook: Practical Recipes for Change. With significant educator experience across Australian business schools including the University of Melbourne, Monash University, and James Cook University, he is a faculty member at Swinburne Business School.