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Feb 20, 2024

In this episode Helene talks to Deborah Deborah Rim Moiso from SessionLab about their recent survey and report.

Deborah shares her experience as a freelance facilitator and discusses her mentoring program with IAF and her passion for facilitating multistakeholder projects on nature conservation, climate change, and youth training.

She talks about how in 2022, the first global survey of facilitators was conducted by Session Lab, gathering data on who facilitators are, where they are, and their age. It was initiated by Session Lab to address the lack of data on facilitators, despite reports existing for other professions like UX design.

This survey looks at Facilitation trends and insights from a global survey. 

Facilitators were surveyed globally, with 1000 responses from diverse regions, including Japan.

The report was well-received, with new questions added to better understand learning pathways to facilitation, and feedback from contributors and experts.

Deborah talks about the role of expert commentators and how they condensed the data and provided insights, asking questions and challenging assumptions to open discussions and conversations.

Deborah describes some of the key findings from the report including Facilitation industry trends and AI adoption.

One standout reflection from the report is the generosity of the facilitation community in providing answers, despite the lengthy survey process.

Deborah discusses some of the other insights from the report including:

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