When you are engaged with your appropriate and complementary networks, then it is easier to reach the audiences that will be likely to be interested in your centre, and its events, activities, learning programmes, and the many interesting or inspiring people connected to it.
Catalyst centres and projects will need people (in their team, or from their networks) with the skills, experience and confidence to facilitate the emergence of challenging processes of change and transformation, whether that is for individuals, organisations or communities. If our work is in this area, it’s a challenging business. So, the processes of facilitation will involve challenging ourselves and others, in the sense of challenge that brings progression and transformation, whether this arises through flashes of insight, ‘light bulb moments’, or working through deep emotional experiences.
The facilitation process will also very often involve challenges to the status quo, and challenges to the lack of vision or narrow and depleted sense of purpose in our culture. For a detailed exploration and understanding of the skills, experience and attitudes needed in these areas see: Communication, Engagement & Facilitation Competencies.
Doing this work really well also emphasises other important skills which help set people up to expect and welcome positive change or deeper transformation, whether that is internal in the person, external in the places where they live and work, or both.