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ProcessFacilitation

ProcessFacilitation is a particular application of Processwork, and relates to the practical working contexts of groups and organisations. It was developed from process oriented psychology in the 1990s by Sebastian Elsaesser, Ursula Hohler, Dr. Alfred Messmann, and Martin Rückholz. ProcessFacilitation is committed to the support of those systems that don’t merely exist for their own sake but serve a shared vision or a pragmatic goal: business organisations, educational establishments, interest groups, associations, political parties, creative teams.

ProcessFacilitation is thus positioned within a field of tension between external goals (the stated raison d’être of the system) and the necessity of its internal dynamics. In distinction to many traditional business and management consultants, the ProcessFacilitator is concerned with activating the system’s own resources for self- and re-organisation, so that under different edge and environmental conditions (market development, practical constraints, social trends) sustainable growth and survival of the system can be promoted.

In order to achieve this, ProcessFacilitation utilises tools to allow the myriad of information about the system to surface – information already existing in latent form yet not directly accessible to members of the system – and to make these visible for all. We understand this as a ‘cloud of information’ whose potential becomes accessible. Due to this process, the existing limits of system development can be crossed and new development processes can be initiated. At the end of this process we usually discover a changed, expanded, or transformed identity of the system that has also shaped its relationship to its own goals and visions.

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