1. Fluent with the Integral Facilitation Model. The integral facilitation model draws on Ken Wilber’s general integral model that is based on four quadrants wherein every situation contains and can be viewed from each of these four dimensions: 1) Experiential, 2) Behavioral, 3) Social & Systemic, and 4) Cultural. The model also accounts for developmental levels, multiple intelligence, states, and types.
The Integral Facilitation Model offers a holistic framework that allows us to:
- Systematically examine and facilitate the cultural, task, and process aspects of group dynamics.
- Better understand the natural complexity of systems and situations by taking into account the multiple dimensions, stages of development, and state of groups.
- Include and leverage the subtle but powerful view of Self as an instrument to provoke optimal performance.
- Facilitate the emergence of complex, high-functioning, collaborative teams.
2. Can communicate and facilitate to and from multiple perspectives.
Integral facilitators realize that realities exists only in context. There are no fixed truths in the relative world and everyone has their own attitudes and altitudes through which they view their experience. We learn to meet people where they are in terms of values and perspectives and speaking their language, help them reach the goals they’ve set for themselves or stretch beyond them to the degree they are willing.
3. Understands implications of vertical versus horizontal development.
Sometimes facilitators are called in to simply help a group solve a problem or build their capacity in some way to increase their effectiveness within a given system or structure. This is horizontal development: increasing skills or capacity within a given paradigm.At other times, people may be asking for, either directly or indirectly, a new way of seeing things…perhaps from a more advance view. This is vertical development: helping groups or individuals expand their consciousness so as to operate from an elevated paradigm. Within the new paradigm, old problems may cease to exist and more powerful capacities emerge.
4. Can navigate paradox and emergence. Integral Facilitators are always on the lookout for emergent opportunities, situations, or challenges that show up in the context of group work. They know that confusion and paradox are often wonderful gateways to busting through to higher levels of (vertical) development and have the skills to nurture and explore these opportunities as they emerge in real time.