by Marilyn Oyler

International Facilitation Week (IFW) is an event that takes place each year during the third week of October. Its purpose is to showcase the power of facilitation to both new and existing audiences and to create a sense of community among facilitators and their groups worldwide.  Since its launch in 2013, the week has become a spark that ignites activities around the world to highlight the benefits of facilitation, the gifts of facilitators and the comradeship of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) and our local Community of Practice.

This year, join us for the Arizona Triple Threat Planning Bonanza to be held during International Facilitation Week, October 16th through October 19th.  This is a week you won’t want to miss!

We are offering three great facilitation classes, some of which are being offered for the first time in Phoenix:

On Monday, Oct 16th, enjoy Facilitation for Innovation: Inspiring Group Creativity, where you will learn new ways to heighten the creativity quotients of your participants. Bring your friends!  There are no pre-requisites for this class!  Register at:

On Tuesday, October 17th, we are offering the one-day course called ToP Approaches to Environmental Scanning for the first time in Phoenix. In this class, you will learn The Wave and The Wall of Wonder along with eight other environmental scanning techniques so you can pick the right scan for your participants and clients. Register at:

Finish your week off on Wednesday and Thursday with ToP Participatory Strategic Planning, where you will learn how to create strategic plans that never even find a shelf. Register at:

Here’s a quick preview of ToP Strategic Planning shared as a time lapse video by one of our colleagues!

At the end of the week, you’ll be ready to raise the curtain on your latest facilitation offering.

These classes will be taught by a guest instructor and course designer; alongside Arizona’s own Marilyn Oyler and Courtney Lonergan,  California’s Nileen Verbeten. These classes have never been offered in tandem like this. We will be reaching out to facilitators, clients and the public participation and strategic planning industry to bring a diversity of people to these events.

Early bird deadlines for registration are coming right up on Oct 2, 3 and 4, respectively.  Remember you can come to the ToP Participatory Strategic Planning or Facilitation for Innovation as a refresher for $100.  Just use the code MORefresh.  Register at

This is the time to take these course as all course prices will be changing in 2018.  Grab them now while they are here!!  We look forward to seeing you!