Have you ever heard of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF)? In this episode we interview Karen and Wiebke–two members of IAF–that run a workshop called “Discovering retrospectives” during the European Conference of the International Association of Facilitators in Milan. I’ve asked about the IAF mission and what insights experienced facilitators had about retrospectives.
About the guests Karen Schmidt & Wiebke Herding
Together with Edith Steiner-Janesch, Karen and Wiebke co-hosted a workshop called “Discovering retrospectives: What can facilitators learn from agile retrospectives for our own practice and debriefings?” during the European Conference of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) in Milan. They work together as part of CoCreativeFlow, a living system of facilitators and consultants that creates interactive spaces and opens up new ways for collaboration and change.
Read more about the workshop in this blog post: Retrospectives - a cocreated toolkit
As a project and leadership whisperer, Karen helps people to collaborate with courage, curiosity, and creativity to achieve outstanding results. In her 20 years management and consulting career, she has supported people in projects and C-level executives in all kinds of organizations across Europe. She connects project superpowers, leadership and facilitation skills with agile and positive change practices. She is involved in the agile community since 2011 and co-founded an open source community for people in projects “Over the Fence - Projects Newly Discovered”. In this context she co-created a “Manifesto for Slow Thinking in Projects“, and two books that help people to co-design and lead human-centred projects.
As a facilitator and communications consultant, Wiebke helps mission-based organizations create momentum for sustainability. She is the founder and director of the change consultancy ON:SUBJECT, focusing on inspiring communications, engaging meetings and powerful projects. Her clients range from campaigning organizations and engaged businesses to governmental institutions and UN agencies. Wiebke is an IAF Certified Professional Facilitator since 2012 and served on the board of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF). She is passionate about building agency for the great transformation, and loves making things – be it beer and bread or furniture and textiles.