Our 2019 Courses
ToP Module 1+ Group Facilitation Methods
September 25 - 27 2019
Due to a lot of interest, we have opened registrations early for our next public ToP Group Facilitation Methods Module 1+ course being held Wednesday 25 September - Friday 27 September 2019 in Whaingaroa (Raglan), Waikato. Click here to register.
ToP Module 7 Being a Facilitative Leader
June 19 - 21 2019
2019 will see the first Module 7 offered at Te Mauri Tau. The kaupapa of Module 7 is the Spirit and Philosophy of Facilitative Leadership, and we envisage and opportunity to reflect on our own facilitation style and stance through a holistic experience supported by the unique environment of Papaora (the whenua at Te Mauri Tau) and the delights of the Te Mauri Tau kitchen. Scheduled for 19-21 June, this course is an ideal opportunity to transition to the new year as Matariki returns and we enjoy the longs nights of the winter/solstice season that lends itself so well to wananga. Click here to register.
Note: You need to have at least completed Module 1 to do this, or any other of our advanced courses, so - Nau mai, hoki mai!
Communities of Practice
Waikato ToP Practice Group
provides Waikato ToP trainees with an opportunity to continue their learning journey in a supportive collegial environment. The group meets at Waikato Regional Council on the third Tuesday of the month at 3pm for a shared afternoon tea, followed by practice time from 3:30 to 5pm. No need to RSVP For more information on the practice group, contact Wendy Boyce
Wellington Facilitators' Network
operates as a community of practice for all facilitators. Meets monthly on a Wednesday from 12:00 - 1:30pm at the Department of Conservation national office. Bring your lunch!
Virtual attendees welcome - we have a Zoom connection. Click here to get yourself on the MeetUp notification list.
Participatory Techniques Limited offers facilitation, research/ consultancy, and training, using the Technology of Participation (ToP™) approach.
The participatory approaches that underpin all services we offer are designed to enable the creative and effective input of all those involved, enabling development of robust and realistic strategies and solutions that have full ownership and commitment.
Towards an Indigenous Informed Facilitation Practice: Questions for Facilitators
Looking to review your cross-cultural practices as a facilitator? Check out this valuable resource, developed and published by the Australasian Facilitators Network (AFN), which is designed to support facilitators working with and between cultures.
The resource, available in both poster and brochure format can be found on the AFN website.
Updated 18 December 2018
Australasian Facilitators Network Conference 2018 and ToP Network Gathering
ToP NZ and Te Mauri Tau were well represented at the Australasian Facilitators Network conference in 2018 - Katarina, Helen, Michelle and Tuihana attended, along with ToP practitioners from Hamilton (Justine Young) and Wellington (Isabella Cawthorn). We also had an informal get-together with Australian ToP practitioners on the day prior to the conference. At the conference we reconnected with other TOP colleagues, and those we have worked with on the 'Walking Together' journey to explore how indigenous and non-indigenous facilitators and groups can strengthen our practice.
Facilitation In Our Big Backyard - ICA Asia Pacific Region Conference Report
Michelle attended the ICAI Asia Pacific Region Conference in Taiwan in November. Women and youth empowerment continues to be a focus for many Institute of Cultural affairs projects throughout Asia, with some exciting projects shared from India, Japan and the Philippines. Interest in the ToP methods continues to grow apace in China particularly among businesses, and education is a focus for Taiwan: ToP methods, with their participatory characteristics are underpinning teacher development in inquiry learning where alternatives to traditional 'chalk and talk' teaching are being actively sought. Sustainable development is a major focus.
At one of three pre-conference workshops, Michelle, along with other ToP facilitators worked with university students involved in a variety of sustainable development projects at Taiwan's Dong Hwa National University in Hualien applying a community development process based on ToP methods and frameworks.
The work was part of ongoing support from ICA Taiwan to young people engaged in development projects.
Tailored Training Solutions
Our tailored training solutions include needs analysis and tailoring of course structure and materials to suit specific client needs. Course evaluation and client debriefing is a core part of all of our service delivery.