Gamifying Consciousness

Play changes the game and consciousness elevates the experience. Blending kinesthetic engagement and deep reflection is a rewarding experience for participants, facilitators and clients - one that creates powerful connections and insights. This makes gamification the new normal in facilitating learning experiences that engage and create awareness for all ages.
While gamification is the buzz word, creating a holistic gamified experience that engage the mind-body-heart is neither too complicated not too simple. It is a play zone where art meets science. Join this play zone to tinker, experiment and develop your own Consciousness Game prototype. Start with an idea and systematically follow the steps of game design to create a conscious experience as a facilitator. Your idea will get richer with others’ inputs as you listen to live feedback, build on ideas and iterate your process design. What’s more, you may even get to test your prototype. Learn from diverse creations in the session – prototypes of participants and commercialized ones. Who knows, the play might inspire you enough to create several of your own gamified processes in the future.

    Desired Outcomes:
    Experience principles of game design / game mechanics
  1. Apply game design principles to create Consciousness processes during the workshop and beyond
  2. Explore successful and powerful game designs for consciousness, mindfulness, awareness etc.
  3. Learn to gamify ANY facilitation objective

Connection with Theme:
This experiential workshop underscores the importance of bringing serious play in facilitation. The workshop blends gamification, design thinking, consciousness, facilitation to gamify consciousness. Participants will walk away with the confidence that they can create games of their own to serve client / experience needs. Games deliver a kinesthetic mind-heart-body experience that forge powerful connections in the room. Serious play delivers insights beyond the ordinary/obvious and enhances the perspective of the participant during the session and afterwards too. Playing with others engages thoughts, emotions and conversations that shift consciousness and promote voluntary change in a manner that raining/teaching/telling can never achieve.


Facilitator: Bharti Dekate

Bharti Dekate is an OD consultant, educator, changemaker and coach for several Indian and international clients. Through her firms WeAreIdeas Consulting and WorldReady Education, she works with client eco-systems to enable sustainable change. Bharti's work in the corporate, school and social sector is informed by her interests in research, birding, dance, music, books, travel, board games, theatre, neuroscience, mindfulness, handiwork, stories and creativity. She is known for blending her interests to create innovative, impactful and business-focused experiences. Over the past 15 years Bharti has been a part of cutting edge change work to build organisational and individual capacity through multidisciplinary, holistic approaches. She is a faculty for Strategy and Organisation Development for leading colleges at India, is certified in several psychometric tools, advises NGOs, mentors entrepreneurs, has created several consulting frameworks, facilitation processes and the Play2Learn method for embodied learning.

Twitter: @BhartiDekate
Facebook: Bharti Dekate
Linkedin: https://in.linkedin.com/in/bharti-dekate-20a146
Instagram: bhartidekate


Figuring out Meaning - The Structure of Engagement

Engaging has to do with perceptions: What do you see? How will others see me? Under what conditions can I say what I see, think and feel? We’re all different, applying different perspectives. These create misunderstandings we cannot solve using language. How can we maintain these differences and come to a common ground? How can we make difference working for us and not against us?
Using the way you mind and heart co-operate, I’ve been able to design a method that uses the differences in perceptions to come to a common understanding of a situation and finding actionable paths. The method uses LEGO figures or cards, in the universal structure. It is also based on Creating Paths of Change by Will McWhinney and Paradoxes of Group Life – “Engagement” (Disclosure, Trust, Intimacy and Regression). The method can even be used in setting with people who cannot read or write or when you have only a limited understanding of the language used by a group.

    Desired Outcomes:
  1. Engage participants using their “non-verbal” communications through the use of figures
  2. Stimulate understanding through creating “common ground”
  3. Apply metaphors in communicating better
  4. Enable people to listen better to each other
  5. Trust the process


Facilitator: Jan Lelie

Facilitated for over 20 years. Co-founder and past board member of IAF-Netherlands. Introduced CPF program in The Netherlands (in Dutch). Co-organized over 10 Dutch IAF-conferences. Has run over 10 sessions at IAF EMENA conferences. Published two books in Dutch on facilitating chance and one international (English): Diverging conversations on Facilitation. Has wide experience in all kind of methods and techniques. Has developed his own mind @work-method, based on the working of the human mind.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jclelie/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jan_lelie
Face book: https://www.facebook.com/jan.lelie


Facilitating Dialogue for Wicked Problems

Wicked problems are omnipresent, unique and far more difficult to solve than the tame ones. They are often too difficult for us to imagine that we can solve them, stopping us from taking the first step to tackle it. Thereby end up not do anything at all. Solving wicked problems requires participation from all parts of society. Dealing with this diversity requires a higher order competence including facilitating multiple stakeholders at scale on a continual basis. The facilitator needs to have their act together to remain empathetic often in emotionally charged atmospheres. These are topics for exploration for anyone interested in taking their facilitative capabilities to the next level.

    Desired Outcomes:
  1. Have an understanding of Wicked Problems.
  2. Understand what are the challenges in dealing with Wicked Problems.
  3. Developing a shared understanding of the principles for facilitating wicked problems.
  4. The importance to stay the distance whilst dealing with a wicked problem

Connection with Theme:
Wicked problems affect all of society. Solving wicked problems requires participation from all parts of society. Dealing with this diversity requires a higher order competence including facilitating multiple stakeholders at scale on a continual basis. The facilitator needs to have their act together to remain empathetic often in emotionally charged atmospheres. To know and appreciate principles that work in such situations will be of tremendous use.


Facilitator: Kavi

Kavi is a talent and organisational change specialist who loves to play at the intersection of people, technology and organisational change. He has two decades of corporate experience in multi-cultural environments. He began his career in sales and marketing before choosing to specialise in leadership, talent, organisation development and change. In his last assignment at Asian Paints, Kavi was the group head for talent management, learning, leadership & organisational development, and diversity & inclusion. In this role, Kavi led a team that implemented technology tools for learning, performance and culture augmentation. He has an abiding interest in the power of storytelling and the Future of Work. Kavi is the Principal at a boutique consulting firm with an executive development portfolio for senior leaders and select organisations. His area of work ranges from Executive Coaching, Strategic Consulting and Change for digital/tech projects, Process Facilitation, Design Thinking and the like. In addition, Kavi works as the Director - Learning and Change with Founding Fuel. Kavi speaks at a number of global and national platforms.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kaviarasu/
Twitter: @_kavi /@SJFBerkeley
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kavi.arasu
Instagram: @kavi.arasu@flyntrok
Personal Blogs : www.kaviarasu.com
Other profile: http://www.foundingfuel.com/contributor/kavi-arasu/ Kavi Arasu


Co Facilitator: Stephen

Stephen in is an Organisation Development Practitioner who helps individuals and organisations transform and reach their full potential. He has 3 decades experience in the Healthcare, NGO and Research sector at a leadership level across three countries: Australia, England and India. His background in systems thinking, process improvement, organisation development, values based management, operational management, training development and group/team leadership through facilitation, places him in a strong position to help individuals and teams across all industries. His 20 years experience as a meditation and mindfulness coach helps him understand the subtle nuances of inner work. He has been working as the Manager of Organisational Development at the J Watumull Global Hospital and Research centre, Mount Abu, Rajasthan. India since October 2006. He is an experienced facilitator and member of the International Association of Facilitators since 2013. He began facilitating some 20 years ago and has used his facilitation skills in the areas of organisation development, training and development, strategic planning, quality improvement, community building, values education and problem solving.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephenberkeley/
Twitter: @SJFBerkeley
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stephen.berkeley1
Instagram: @stephenberkeley Personal Blogs:www.infoolbloom.com


Conflicts to Creative Collaboration

We are all a bundle of action, thoughts and feelings; at the base of which, are our Needs. Conflicts exist because our ‘behaviours’ do not consider and meet all the needs. When needs are met life is wonderful. Therefore, when we communicate with ‘Needs’ awareness, we foster a connection. Marshall Rosenberg said:“How I choose to look at any situation will greatly affect whether, I have the power to change it or make matters worse.”

    Welcome to an exploration on how to:
  • Prioritize connection instead of correction
  • Develop ways that consider all needs and make requests which are easy for people to hear and support
  • Sense others’ needs behind their behaviour so that we are less pained or triggered
  • Use the four components of non-violent communication to move from conflict to collaboration

NVC principles form a basis for Organizational Development and Transformation. It also enhances the value of internal mentoring and coaching and hand holding for Leadership Excellence especially ‘Servant’ Leadership’. A major MNC has taken to it and integrated it in its corporate practices in a big way! Empathy paves the way for Connections and Creative Collaborations!
In Hawaiian, the word ‘Aloha’ means ‘we breathe the same air’. Discover life serving communication to get to the heart of conflict quickly and resolve effectively through nonviolent communication.

    Desired Outcomes:
    Prioritize connection over correction
  1. Open up dialogues through requests which are easy for people to hear and support
  2. Make more agreements where there were disagreements earlier in personal/work
  3. spaces
  4. Choose ‘Empathy’ first, as a gateway into conflict

Connection with Theme:
The session is about Thoughts and Feelings which relate to the Mind and Heart. The facilitators use Needs to engage in effective processes to leverage the diversity among the participants, explore ‘lived’ experiences and review conditioning. This is ‘Engaging Minds and Hearts’ Working with ‘Thoughts and Feelings’ – which are the key ingredients of Conflicts and Creative Collaborations.


Facilitator: V Narasimhan

V Narasimhan, Head-Learning & Development, SUNDARAM LEARNING (a division of Sundaram Finance Holdings limited) is a passionate Facilitator, a certified Coach from the International Coach Federation. He holds a certification from the Barrett Values Centre, UK in Cultural Transformation Models and Tools in Building a Vision-Guided, Values- Driven Organization. He is an accredited administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) suite of instruments and is conversant in using various other psychometric instruments. He is a Facilitator of the Global Managers program, the ‘Bullet Proof Manager’ from Crestcom International.Narsi is the current Chair of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF), India Chapter. His Focus: Unleashing human potential through Coaching and Facilitation! He writes human interest stories to his e-group under the banner ‘Oceans in a shell’.


Co Facilitator: Reena Ginwala

Reena Ginwala has started her Nonviolent Communication journey since 2006 with the founder Marshall Rosenberg. Recently, she has taken intense training in Mediation and Conflict Resolution from trainers of international repute, working on live conflicts. She has been trained in Process Work, Buddhist Psychology, and Vipassana. She has created facilitation tool kits like the Kabir Saamagri, Vivekananda Saamagri board game and conducted sessions for corporates, colleges, schools, communities and open programs. She is a mentor and coach and committed to bring healing and well-being to individuals and groups. She is with IAF for the second year and enjoying the learning, growth and contribution within the community.Her focus: Facilitation to transform energy and mind set towards life choices that help individuals and groups to thrive in professional, personal and societal spaces.


Uncovering Emotions through the Navarasas – the expression of life

Our emotions play a vital role in enabling us to take actions that maximise our chances of success. Every feeling is triggered by an emotion and thus is the balanced coordination of the Mind and Heart. The clarity in understanding the 9 emotions or Navarasas and its effects help an individual in responding appropriately to a given situation, which eventually has its consequence on both the individual and others.
The king of emotions being Love is often neglected or misunderstood, impacts the other 7 primary emotions of Bravery, Compassion, Humour, Fear, Wonder/ Surprise, Disgust, Anger. The constellation of these emotions synergistically being balanced brings about the 9th Rasa that is Peace and/or Tranquility. This session is about balancing the rasas in context of life to build balance through Peace and Tranquility.

    Desired Outcomes:
  1. Understand the underlying feelings that triggers emotions.
  2. Realise the necessity to find the right balance of each emotion.
  3. Explore the role each emotion plays in context of life.

Connection with Theme:
The essence of Expressions transition from the heart to the mind or vice versa. It is important for us as humans to get the right balance of the 9 emotions (navrasa) so that we can be mindful in a situation and then appropriately respond and/or behave. This thus brings in peace and grace in interactions with the stakeholders at every level.


Facilitator: Anita Peter

Anita Peter has 20 years of experience in training and 2 years in facilitation. She is the founder, partner of Persona Script, a leadership development and design firm. She is a trained classical dancer (Mohiniyattam), the director of LasyaDrutha Centre of Performing and Fine Arts.
A theatre actor, model, motor biker, fitness enthusiast, social initiator, initiating the “I pledge”- Awareness for change. She was an IAF member for 2 years.


Maximizing Outcomes in Meetings

How many meetings have we led or attended where we have been disappointed with the time invested? How many meetings have we felt later that the meeting was not as productive as expected?
Well, we are not alone in this, research shows that $37 billion per year is spent on unsuccessful meetings, 37% of productive time is spent in meetings, 60 meetings per month is the average, over 70% bring other work into meetings, AND, people feel more exhausted when attending meetings and perceive that they have a higher workload.
We invite you to join us to see how we can contribute to maximizing outcomes in meetings. Your insight and ideas would be very valuable, and together we can take back some great ways to “maximizing outcomes in meetings.”

    Desired Outcomes:
  1. How to get the most out of a meeting, when in the meeting
  2. What facilitation tools / processes could help


Facilitator: Sanjay Dugar

LinkedIn: dugars
Twitter: Dugars
Facebook: dugars


Co - Facilitator: Jyothi Dass

LinkedIn: jyodass
Twitter: joumesh


Convergent Leadership in a Divergent Workplace

Top-down leadership is outdated, and, more importantly, counterproductive. Leaders cannot operate from power or authority today but need to drive a more a consensus driven conversation to achieve alignment and commitment to goals that enable people to feel purposeful, motivated, and energized so they can bring their best selves to work.This facilitated session explores the emerging future role of leaders and the key elements that will be critical for success while working with a divergent workforce.

    Desired Outcomes:
  1. Evaluate their own leadership styles
  2. Identify the elements to successful leadership for the future
  3. Understand the facilitated process used in the discussions
  4. Identify different applications of the process

Connection with Theme:
At a content level, leadership is about the ability to engage both hearts and minds and hopefully the audience will see this connection through the facilitated conversation. At the process level, the applications of ambassadorial sharing coupled with questions that follow the ORID framework engages the participant’s minds not only through objective and fact based questions but also reflective and feeling based questions that engages the participant at a heart level.


Facilitator: Jawad Ahmed

Jawad started his career in sales but quickly realized his passion was in people development. After obtaining a degree in management, he spent two years with a training and consulting organization in Qatar and worked across the UAE and Bahrain. After returning to India, he joined a UK based consulting firm and spent the next 15 years consulting, training and certifying individuals and organizations on performance management and people development. Jawad is also among the first few to bring pure process facilitation into India as the representative for India to the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) and is currently the Director at C2C Organizational Development Pvt Ltd, a consulting firm and is also the Co-Chair of the IAF India Chapter. Jawad has trained thousands of people and as a certified coach from Results Coaching Systems (RCS) and CEP from Corporate Coach U (Australia), he believes that internal motivation can change any individual and provides the drive to achieve results that are considered impossible. Over the last 15 years, Jawad has facilitated strategic leadership conversations, team alignment discussions and trust building discussions for organizations. He has delivered programs across different organizations and sectors in India and the Middle East in the areas of leadership, consultative selling, Behavioral Interviewing and Behavioral Styles based on the DISC model.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jawadahmed/
Twitter: jawadahmed_aj


Poetry and Chai

We all know that even NEWTON conceived the law of gravity while relaxing, we in this session help you to understand & articulate yours and others emotions better by helping you relax over a CUP OF TEA AND USING YOUR FAVORITE POETRY. The tool used here is the poetry which while listening triggers various shades of emotions in one’s mind. Understanding to capture these emotions and articulating them well with the help of PLUKCHIC MODEL helps one understand other person at a deeper level. Process used here is EMO LAB where in group collectively formulates the hypothesis, validates it through individual and group activity and proceeds to learn through experimenting.

    Desired Outcomes:
  1. Identify levels of basic emotions.
  2. Articulate emotions with the help of pluchik model

Connection with Theme:
Emotion is the heart of any engaging experience, facilitation and learning is no exception.


Facilitator: Dr. Kalindi

Dr. Kalindi is adept at facilitating Senior Leadership Development, Managerial Development, Training-the-Trainer, Personality Development, Interpersonal Skills, Team Building, Effective Communication Skills, Advanced Communication Skills and Emotional Intelligence Programs. Being an Emotional Intelligence (EI) and MBTI certified assessor, she is adept at interpreting MBTI assessment results and coaching people to practice EI for achieving results with joyful effectiveness.


Co Facilitator: Pawankumar Saini

Pawankumar Saini has 30 years of Corporate experience. And has been active for many years in the Leadership Development space. He has been a part of the IAF Pune Hub for the past 18 months. He has co-facilitated a session at the Hub level. He has used facilitation in multiple sessions in his organization for different purposes. He is totally sold out to the power of facilitation.


Visual Techniques for moving groups to desired outcomes

Visuals are powerful! The create impact in the minds of the audience and many times help them understand concepts better. It can also help draw insights and participation from a highly diverse group especially when common language understanding is minimum. We worry about our drawing abilities and therefore avoid using visuals. My belief is that every facilitator can draw basic figures that can harness the group to move towards the desired outcome. These techniques can be used in organisations internally in the space of innovation by makes innovator draw their ideas rather than just write them. In this session, we will learn 4 basic drawing catagories i.e. people, group, shapes and flow movements. These shapes will support a facilitator in creating powerful visuals in their facilitation. The only pre-requisite is that participants should be able to hold the pen and have the intent to explore moving the pen.

    Desired Outcomes:
  1. To realise that drawing visuals is a childs play
  2. To explore visual techniques in facilitating group outcomes
  3. To be able to draw: 6 human figures, 2 group drawings, Basic Objects etc

Connection with Theme:
Visuals have the innate ability to connect to the mind and heart. Visuals make groups understand the facilitator’s communication more effectively.


Facilitator: Shilpa

Shilpa has been in the space of learning and development for the last 13 years. She comes with a background in leadership and behavioural interventions. She is currently associated with Aditya Birla Group Leadership learning center called “Gyanodaya”;. Shilpa pursues her passion of Sketchnotes through her blog sscoops.wordpress.com. She is a continuous learner & is currently pursuing her Post Graduation in OD Change through the Tata Institute of Social sciences. She's an avid reader and spends her leisure with books on psychology and human behavior. She is a certified practitioner of FIRO B (Fundamental Interpersonal Relationship Observation of Behaviour) & BEI (Behavioral Event Interviewing). Her interest lies in facilitating t-groups & Human Labs.

Shilpa: https://sscoops.wordpress.com


Co Facilitator: Ajit Kamath

Ajit Kamath has been certified as a CPF in Singapore in 2014. He has been one of the founders of the IAF India Chapter and has been actively working towards promotion of facilitation in India. . Ajit Kamath has an experience of being in training for 22 years and in facilitation from past 7 years. He has delivered various facilitation projects for clients. He regularly presents in India for IAF and has also presented at Asia Conference in Singapore in 2014, and in Mumbai Conference in 2015. He was elected the IAF Regional Director for Asia in 2016. Ajit has been blogging regularly on facilitation (www.wiztalks.com) and has had his Facilitation related articles published in Human Capital magazine in India. Ajit is a faculty in Facilitation Skills for the TISS OD program and recently TISS has launced a MDP program on the Art of Facilitation. Ajit has been using visuals and drawings (what he calls as #visualnote in the training & facilitation work that he executes

Ajit: www.wiztalks.com


Swapathgami (Swa-Path-Gami) - the inner path unfolds....

How long has it been since you played a board game? What if it was possible to play with cards and a dice to find new pathways to success? Yes, it is possible when your journey is facilitated with the Vivekananda Saamagri – a journey in your inner world through the lens of outer experiential reality.Vivekananda said, “Each work has to pass through these stages—ridicule, opposition, and then acceptance. Those who think ahead of their time are sure to be misunderstood.”

  • Do you wish to build resilient teams that are ready to face challenges and meet higher goals?
  • Are you longing for clarity that empowers you to take big strides towards change management and organizational development?
  • Has it been an uphill task to manifest your brilliant ideas on your own as others are not convinced?

If yes, you are the one whom YOU are looking for!! Come to the land of ‘Swapathgamis’ Swa-Path-Gami – the inner path unfolds for those who continue to search.... Let the game begin!

    Desired Outcomes:
  1. Gain clarity regarding steps to overcome limiting beliefs
  2. Share your ideas, strategies and vision with confidence and conviction
  3. Engage with new possibilities and Work with complex realities
  4. Connect with Life Spaces for intrinsic motivations and clarity
  5. Develop new steps to walk on the emerging path to accomplish higher goals beyond the limiting beliefs
  6. Trust processes driven by insights which lead to exponential growth in all aspects of life.

Connection with Theme:
The Vivekananda Saamagri board game invites the participants to listen to their limiting beliefs, conditioning and barriers through body sensations, thoughts and feelings. This is a sure shot formula for engaging with what matters most to the individual. The life space board is a foreground to engage minds and hearts. The action steps come from a deeper place within and are transformative, thus encouraging the participant to try something different. This enhances the level of authentic engagement with self and others. The game format is fun and the facilitator is able to facilitate through play whereby, the ‘creative’ mind is connected with the ‘child like’ heart! Magic happens when we play and explore!!


Facilitator: Parag Wadhone

Parag Wadhone is a maverick & seasoned Master-Trainer, HR Professional, HR Mentor, Certified Coach, Facilitative-Trainer, Group Process & ToP Methods Facilitator, Outbound Experiential Trainer and Certified NLP Practitioner with over 20 years of rich corporate & entrepreneurial experience in the field of Human Resources, coaching, mentoring and learning & development.He is silver-medalist and recipient of ‘Award for Academic Excellence’ at during post-graduation from Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies.Parag has been facilitating learning amongst a variety of adult-participants including college students, corporate executives, PSU leaders and trainers. He is a master-trainer and uses activity-based adult-learning and experiential education modes of facilitation. He draws inspiration from the fields of Sociocracy, Buddhist Psychology, Spirituality, Long-Distance Running, Veganism, Technology and Minimalism.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paragwadhone/
Twitter: @ParagWadhone
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/xenparag


Co Facilitator - Reena ginwala

Reena Ginwala has created facilitation tool kits like the Ahimsa Saamagri, Kabir Saamagri, Vivekananda Saamagri board game to bring an empowering self-directed space for learning and growth. This is significant to her work as a mentor and coach. She brings her sharp process knowledge and deep intuitive power into the sessions she offers. This is drawn from her training in Process Work, Buddhist Psychology, Mediation, Conflict Resolution Nonviolent Communication and Vipassana. Her composite well rounded approach enhances the wholesomeness of the participants’ experience. Reena has a vast experience in conducting sessions for corporates, colleges, schools, communities and open programs. She is with IAF for the second year and enjoying the learning, growth and contribution within the community. Her focus: Facilitation to transform energy and mind set towards life choices that help individuals and groups to thrive in professional, personal and societal spaces.

LinkedIn: Reena Ginwala.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/reena.ginwala
Any other: www.vivekanandasaamagri.org www.kabirsaamagri.org


What is Group Wisdom?

Facilitating Group Wisdom is one of the key tasks/skills of a facilitator. Most of us have experienced sessions where the facilitator is trying to tap into Group Wisdom. What is our experience as participants, majority of the times? How often and how well have we experienced being facilitated to tap into Individual Intelligence and the Group’s Wisdom?
What constitutes Group Wisdom? Is it enough to form groups and make them discuss/engage in conversations, and ‘converge’, or are there specific conditions which enable the emergence of Group Wisdom in a wholesome, meaningful way, that effectively helps the Group towards the Desired Outcomes?
As facilitators, what is our understanding of Group Wisdom? How is it similar to, or different from Group Opinion/Collective Wisdom/the Wisdom of Crowds? Are specific situations better suited for Group Wisdom?

    Desired Outcomes:
    The participant, at the end of the session, will be able to:
  1. Understand the workings of the phenomenon called Group Wisdom;
  2. Facilitate future sessions with a deeper awareness and mindfulness of the emergence of Group Wisdom

Connection with Theme:
Group Wisdom implies Mindful work and Heartful exertions. We delve deeply with our minds and Hearts into the Inquiry.


Facilitator: Sekhar Chandrasekhar

Sekhar Chandrasekhar (born 1960) is an organisation developmentalist, complexity scientist, systems thinker and a CEO coach. An IAF Certified TM Professional Facilitator, he is passionate about understanding and harnessing the potential of fellow human beings: reason why he focuses on helping his clients live ‘real, authentic lives filled with joy and accomplishment’, rather than aim for mere performance improvement and ‘satisfaction’. He is a certified coach from the International Coaching Community, reputed to be one of the best in the world, and a certified NLP practitioner. He is also a Flowgame Host.
He majored in economics from Bombay University and did his post-graduation in advertising and marketing from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. He has years of robust experience in sales and marketing, training, coaching and facilitation: with advertising agencies Lintas, Trikaya Grey, and Bates Clarion; the Otis Elevator Company; and his entrepreneurial ventures, Fischer Communications, and Athanor.
Over the past several decades, interwoven with his selling, advertising, and marketing communications career, he has led workshops for executives, managers and leaders in some of India’s finest organisations, facilitating deep-change: long-term leadership development initiatives. His work involves facilitating leadership development, training and coaching high performing executives, creativity and innovation development, performance improvement, systemic awareness, and feedback impact. He has trained senior leadership from diverse organisations, dealing with a rich tapestry of leadership and business challenges.


Inclusion Lab

When Facilitators imbibe the significance of being inclusive into their being and allow it to be part of the process design, they help the groups tap into the group wisdom to unimaginable depths. Every participant is empowered and valued. Everyone feels ‘I matter’ and ‘my voice counts’. Their need for individuality (uniqueness) as well as connection (belongingness) are met. They engage with their head, heart and soul. The collective consciousness multiplies the synergy of the group exponentially. The group cherishes and celebrates diversity and allows creative potential to flow. What is Inclusion? How can we tap into its power? What behaviours need to be encouraged to do that? What are some strategies that will allow the uniqueness of every individual to contribute to the desired outcome? What can we improve in our process to bring more inclusivity to the design? To explore answers to these questions, join us for an immersive 3E journey into the world of Inclusion and allow the magic to unfold.

    Desired Outcomes:
  1. Explore ‘What’, ‘Why’ and ‘How’ of inclusion
  2. Discover practical tips and strategies for creating more inclusive facilitation processes
  3. Apply the harvested wisdom to a specific scenario
  4. Create concrete action plans to tap into diversity in an inclusive way

Connection with Theme:
This workshop enables a facilitator to leverage the diversity in the room and explore the strategies and practical tips for designing processes that are inclusive and engage minds and hearts.The creative processes designed for the proposed lab demonstrate how to create space for logic and feelings to flow in balance.


Facilitator: Farah Shahed

Farah draws on more than 20 years of practical experience across various geographies and sectors. As Founder of Interact Consulting, a Certified Professional Facilitator (IAF) and Executive Coach (ICF), Farah delivers bespoke facilitation and coaching programs that enable strong and sustainable results in the area of cross cultural competence, leadership development, personal brand mastery and excellence. She brings her rich experience of having worked with various cultures and her openness translates this with ease and confidence. Her training assignments have been in India, Middle East and South East Asia. Her approach is focused on helping leaders lead with purpose and authenticity and enhance their leadership potential. Paper Presentation and Demo for the topic “Fostering a Gender Inclusive Workplace” at the Women in Leadership Conference at Hong Kong, Jan 2018; Facilitated the pre-conference workshop on “Developing Critical Skills to bring your Career to the next level” at the Women in Leadership Conference at Hong Kong, Jan 2018; Facilitator at the 4th IAF India Conference Chennai, Nov 2017 on innovation “Dinobusters – Do Something Innovative”; Facilitator at the 3th IAF India Conference Bangalore, Dec 2016 – “Facilitation, the power within”; Facilitator for 2 concurrent sessions at the IAF Asia Conference, Taiwan, 2016.

LinkedIn: Farah Shahed
Twitter: @just_farah
Facebook: InteractConsulting


Co Facilitator: Manisha Grover

Manisha is a facilitator, consultant and coach with more than 25 years of diverse experience. She has worked for 13 years in the Corporate World, where she handled various facets of Human Resource Development. In the year 2006, she started her organization, P.A.C.E. (Personal And Corporate Excellence) and has ever since worked with more than 40 organizations, both in India and overseas. Manisha has facilitated close to 750 workshops and touched more than 16000 lives through her skilful facilitation. Manisha is a Certified Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner and an accredited MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) Administrator. She is also a Marshall Gold Smith certified coach. Manisha’s biggest quest in life is “exceeding self” and this is reflected in her insatiable hunger to improve herself and her workshop designs and facilitation skills. Her sessions are simple yet impactful, honest yet polite, critical yet encouraging and insightful yet practical with emphasis on concrete action planning. She has been presenting in all IAF India Conferences since 2016 and often surprises the audience with innovative processes.

LinkedIn: Manisha Grover
Twitter: @ManishaGrvr
Facebook: ManishaGrover


The Mindful Facilitator

“With mindfulness, you can establish yourself in the present in order to touch the wonders of life that are available in that moment.”; - Thich Nhat Hanh
Inspired by the quote above, this session explores what it could mean to ‘BE’ a Mindful Facilitator. As we dive-in as a group, we will explore and experience what possible dimensions open up. How Being Mindful, can impact the group dynamics and group engagement and make things easy for a facilitator and the group. As Thich Nhat Hanh has said- ‘The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence.’ Come…let us explore this together…

    Desired Outcomes:
  1. To explore a shared understanding of - what it means to be a Mindful Facilitator
  2. To surface the benefits of being a Mindful Facilitator
  3. Individually pick up atleast one behaviour / mindset to be a Mindful Facilitator.

Connection with Theme:
It directly relates to the topic by attempting to increase the awareness of being Mindful as a Facilitator.


Facilitator: Mrunal Lamge

Mrunal is a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) from IAF and had been a part of the IAF-India core team for several years as well as IAF Mumbai Hub Lead. He is a faculty with Tata Institute of Social Sciences and teaches Facilitation Skills at the OD & Change Program for executives. He is sought by corporates to facilitate ‘Faciliation Skills workshop’ for their traning teams/ executives to create deep impact in group engagement. He is equally passionate about Executive Coaching and coaches high-potentials and senior executives. He has clocked a total of 540 hours of one-on-one coaching. He was one of the Founding Managing Committee Member of the ICF- Mumbai Chapter. Mrunal loves reading, nature and photography, and regularly practices Isha Yoga pranayama and meditation.

LinkedIn: Mrunal Lamge
Facebook: Mrunal Lamge


Happiness Quotient

There are days when we come alive, feel inspired, feel motivated and energized. Days of perfect synchronization of heart and mind. Imagine being able to feel like that at will. This session helps you discover that magical button within you that energizes you. That is your anchor through stormy seas. That gives you great memories in the journey of life. Discover your Mojo. A magical button that helps you feel lighter and calmer. Life’s breakdowns are from the adult head. Breakthroughs are from the heart of a child. In our fast-paced lives there is little time for reflection and smiles. It is time to slow down to speed up. Rediscover your Mojo, the magic within you that brings back that smile that lights up your soul.

Desired Outcomes: The desired outcome will be that the participant will find meaningfulness in their lives, irrespective of joys or sorrows and sometimes unavoidable hardships in life

Connection with Theme:
The Session relates to the theme “Facilitation: Engaging Minds and Hearts” in taking the matters of the heart to a meaningful state by engaging the mind to discover oneself and live happily.


Facilitator: Roop Anand

An Entrepreneur turned Facilitator who has a passion to live life fully, and loves to facilitate. A designer, an amateur photographer. An entrepreneur from the Garment industry, later facilitated production and quality processes in the industry. Moved on to Behavioural skills, since 2008. Conducts Out bound Facilitation. He facilitated a session in IAF, on the 19th of May, 2018 in Chennai. “Fun & Happiness Quotient.”

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/?trk=
Twitter: twitter@rmu65
Facebook: roopanandramachandran


Managing V.U.C.A. : A Child’s P.L.A.Y!

V.U.C.A. is the reality of today’s fast paced and dynamic world! Come and explore how the powerful approach of Applied Improv can be used effectively to manage the V.U.C.A. world. Experience the effectiveness of this technique using P.L.A.Y. (4 main tenets of Applied Improv). Applied Improv uses framework of Free Expression, Being Spontaneous and Being Un-inhibited. All these are derived from principles of Theatre and Human Psychology.
To have a primary understanding of Applied Improv and its 4 main Tenets, Do make full use of the pre-read that you will be receiving.

    Desired Outcomes:
  1. Experience and understand the four main tenets of Applied Improve
  2. Understand how to use the tenets as strategies for managing VUCA
  3. Bring out the child within to experience joy of Improve

Connection with Theme:
In today’s world VUCA as a challenge cannot be ignored or wished away. It has to be managed and managed well for a stress free being. Applied Improv gives a unique advantage of enabling effective and enjoyable ways and techniques of managing VUCA, by engaging both – Mind & Heart! The session will be exploring four main tenets of Applied Improv, namely; P- Be Present, L-Let Go, A- Adapt and Y- Yes, And… .
In this way participants may experience that Managing V.U.C.A. is a Child’s P.L.A.Y!


Facilitator: Nitin Welde

Nitin Welde is a retired Group Captain from Indian Air Force having flown 5200 hrs in 22 years of service in the elite force. During his Air Force service he has served in Siachen Glacier, Kargil ops and had two tenures abroad. Nitin has Commanded a frontline helicopter unit and has been awarded a gallantry award by President of India. As a trainer and facilitator Nitin was involved in training of young, middle level and senior officers of IAF. He always adopted a more facilitative way of training giving preference to group wisdom and principles of experiential learning. In his second inning Nitin is involved with people development and behavioral science. He is regularly conducting sessions on Leadership, Team Bonding and Conflict Management for corporate. He has been an active IAF member for past two years.

Twitter: @nitinwelde
Facebook : Nitin Welde
Linkedin: Nitin Welde


Co Facilitator: Shalaka Gundi

Shalaka is passionate about Making a Positive Difference to people and places. She has chosen the path of HR and OD, coupled with Group Facilitation, NLP Coaching, FlowGame Host and Graphology to help people and places reach their true potential. She has facilitated 9+ Sessions for IAF and around 15 for various Organizations for a variety of outcomes, ranging from Collaboration, Strategic Planning, Conflict Resolution to Leadership Development. She has used multiple processes like-ORID, PSP, World Café, Gallery Walk, Textra, Appreciative Inquiry, Rating Scale and a few processes customized to suit the requirement of the group.
Shalaka has a rich Corporate and Academic experience of working in various Organizations of repute like - Tata Consultancy Services, Thermax, Tata Auto Components, IIM Bangalore, Pune University, IBS, etc.
She has taken up varied roles during her Professional experience - Learning and Development, Talent Management, Employee Engagement, Welfare, Recruitment, Faculty, Research Associate etc.

Facebook: Shalaka Gundi
Linkedin: Shalaka Gundi


Managing Polarities - Identifying & Managing unsolvable problems

Many of the current trends in business & industry are polarities to manage, not problems to solve. Polarities to manage are a set of opposites which can’t function well independently. Because the two sides of polarity are interdependent, you cannot choose one as a “solution” and neglect the other. The objective of Polarity Management is to get the best of both opposites while avoiding the limits of each.
Polarity Management will make a person an effective leader by increasing one’s ability to distinguish between problems which can be solved and the ones that cannot be solved. Polarity Management helps a leader in increasing their ability to manage unsolvable problems which could be called as workplace dilemmas or polarities. Polarity Management helps leaders have a better understanding of resistance to organizational changes, help in becoming more effective in negotiating with those opposing changes and facilitators can become more effective third party mediators.

    Desired Outcomes:
  1. The participants will be able to understand what polarities at the workplace are
  2. Manage workplace dilemmas and polarities better
  3. Focus on win-win outcomes for all the involved parties

Connection with Theme:
Managing dilemmas or polarities is the “heart” of being an effective leader and facilitator. The process understanding polarities engages the “minds” for win-win outcomes.


Facilitator: Arun Vishwanath

Arun Vishwanath, is the Founder Director of Talent Architects, a boutique talent management & leadership training firm and has his interests in Facilitation, Executive Coaching, HR, Learning & OD interventions. In his corporate work experience spanning over 20 years, he has worked in Hotels, Cruise Lines, Retail and other industries. Arun has expertise in development and deployment of HR & Learning strategies for some well-known organisations. He has worked in the areas of Business and Service Excellence. He is a certified Assessor for IMC RBNQA Business Excellence which is based on Malcolm Baldrige criteria. He has completed CPF – Certified Professional Facilitator certification from IAF - International Association of Facilitators, PCC – Professional Certified Coach – credential from ICF – International Coach Federation and is a certified Hogan, MBTI , FIRO-B & Cultural Detective Practitioner. Arun is a visiting faculty with some of the leading Business Schools in Mumbai, India.

Arun was one of the presenters at IAF Asia conference, Mumbai, 2015 and his session was titled “Crowd Sourcing Stories for Team Buidling”. He has facilitated sessions at IAF Mumbai chapter events a number of times, which include “Geometric Psychology for handling conflicts”, “Transformation – using “timeline” as a tool for self-awareness”

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/arunvishwanath
Twitter: vishwanatharun
Facebook: arunvishwanath


Let's Create new Facilitation Methods & Tools that can be created into an e-book

We as a facilitation community are exploring processes that are being used by facilitators in other countries. Some of us are making tools, methods and processes the heart of our facilitation design – we are force fitting the processes we love to every client challenge we are working on. We miss out that more important is the client and their reality articulated by the desired outcome from the client, the facilitator and the group. This workshop aims at co-creation and/or co-adaption of tools, methods and processes into the womb of facilitation. The higher intent would be to synthesise these learning into an e-book.

    Desired Outcomes:
  1. Understanding what is content-neutral process facilitation
  2. Explore the terms Divergence & Convergence and see how it fits into Facilitation Design Model
  3. Harvest the tools, methods and processes into the creation of an e-book in future.


Facilitator: Ajit Kamath

Ajit Kamath has been certified as a CPF in Singapore in 2014. He has been one of the founders of the IAF India Chapter and has been actively working towards promotion of facilitation in India. Ajit Kamath has an experience of being in training for 22 years and in facilitation from past 7 years. He has delivered various facilitation projects for clients. He regularly presents in India for IAF and has also presented at Asia Conference in Singapore in 2014, and in Mumbai Conference in 2015. He was elected the IAF Regional Director for Asia in 2016. Ajit has been blogging regularly on facilitation (www.wiztalks.com) and has had his Facilitation related articles published in Human Capital magazine in India. Ajit is a faculty in Facilitation Skills for the TISS OD program and recently TISS has launced a MDP program on the Art of Facilitation. Ajit has been using visuals and drawings (what he calls as #visualnote in the training & facilitation work that he executes.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/ajitkamath
Twitter: @AjitWiz
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ajit.wiztalks
Web Page: www.wiztalks.com


Co Facilitator: Shiv Bhaskar

Shiv Bhaskar heads the Learning & Development function at Tata AIG, over the past 13 Years at Tata AIG, he has anchored several successful learning interventions to enhance people capability and develop high potential talent. He has an overall work ex of 19 Years in Learning, HR and sales management. He has worked in diverse sectors such as Insurance, Consulting, IT& Pharma. He is keenly pursuing Process facilitation and Art forms in L&D to create vibrant learner centred interventions with high impact.He has facilitated on Leadership and culture at Mumbai University campus and has been a guest speaker at various forums. Shiv is a volunteer at Tata Institute of Social sciences he was a core member to design and host Transcendence 2017, a unique OD & Leadership Conference that attracted over 500 delegates from across the country.


"Insights from the inside" Design Thinking approach for collaborative communication and thought harvesting!!!

Insights from the inside is an approach to thought harvesting using Design Thinking framework. This session was done in – IAF Korea conference.

    Desired Outcomes:
  1. Participants will gain significant understanding about Design Thinking approach.
  2. Participants will do the hands on – Practice to scan their life through Design Thinking steps.
  3. Participants shall walk away with a glimpse towards – Future possibilities through design thinking.
  4. They will get a Tool to use - Design Thinking Tool for Life Goals/future Planning/Creating action steps.
  5. The tool is also beneficial in charting group movement on progressive journey with single vision.
  6. Open communication channels to usher in – never thought before solutions to complex problems.

Connection with Theme:
This Process is inductive and facilitative in nature, while maintaining personal information sharing boundary group would be exploring within to emerge with key awareness about new possibilities through Facilitative process and though much understanding would be drawn by churning within, group wisdom. And group memory would create many opportunities to harvest group wisdom, establishing Connections at deeper level, enabling group to share and support each other’s cause effectively, breaking superficial boundaries and opening gates to what might be possible collectively! While maintaining groups individualistic privacy enabling them to see and experience new way of Break Through thinking and chalking out personal action steps in group set ups is only possible through Facilitative Process!


Facilitator: Yateen Gharat

I have been using facilitation since 2012, completed my CPF in 2015 Mumbai. In past 5 years I have Facilitated more than 105 workshops with diverse target audience such as, Education (Teachers, Professors, and Students), Corporate (Senior Management Teams, Leadership Teams, Sales and HR Teams), NGO and various communities (Volunteers, Hub Heads, Community Heads). Focus area of Facilitation – Teaching Facilitation Skills through My Land Mark and One and Only program in India (Train The Facilitator.), Asking Questions that Make A Difference (MAD Questions.) Meetings that work, Consensus building, Conflict resolution, Visioning and Strategic Planning, Leading with Facilitative Approach, Team Bonding, Communication Dynamics, and Action Planning. I am a Core Team Member of IAF India Hub for past 3 years. Enjoying “Promoting the Power Of Facilitation” theme of IAF World.

LinkedIn: YateenGharat CPF
Twitter: @yyateen
Facebook: YateenGharat
Website: http://bangonfacilitators.com


Think WIFT: What's in it For Them

It is said that we encounter on an average five conflicts a day! Conflicts are inseparable part of our life. Listening, communicating purposefully, understanding people and influencing them are skills need to be developed consciously to succeed in career as well as in personal life. In many organizations today, the focus is on results: finding better solutions faster. To optimize performance, we must be able to effectively resolve issues, settle differences and implement solutions on every level. The Thomas Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI) helps people discover how the ways they handle conflict – their conflict styles – affect performance. We all use a range of conflict styles based on our skills and on the demands of the situation at hand. By understanding and expanding these styles, we can improve the way we accomplish goals individually and within work groups. Participants are introduced to five basic conflict handling modes. They learn how and when each mode is typically most appropriate and gain eye opening insight.

Desired Outcomes: Self awareness about managing conflicts and their conflict management style, introduction to five basic conflict handling modes and adopting suitable conflict management style by learning and applying new skills.

Connection with Theme:
Managing conflicts is a skill which greatly enhances a person’s effectiveness. Broadly speaking conflicts represent a tug of war between people or groups with different needs, agenda, beliefs, etc. It may not be possible to resolve all conflicts. But we need to learn to manage conflicts so that we avoid counter productive escalation. This involves acquiring skills of resolving conflicts, awareness of our conflict management style, listening and communicating. It also requires skills of helping teams evolving rules for ironing out differences. This is only possible by engaging minds and hearts through facilitation.


Facilitator: Shyam Iyer

Shyam is a committed and passionate senior HR practitioner with 19 years of value-added experience in developing high performing workforce and creating people excellence for large organisations. He is passionate about maximising human talent and has made his passion his profession. His strengths based approach towards Competency based HRM, executing HR Strategies, Leadership Facilitator and OD interventions along with his strong belief in “If it is to be, it is up to me!’ has led him to lead large organisations to develop high performing teams and work culture in India with a strong record of leadership and making the organization the employer of choice.
After a delightful and long professional career with Tata Group, that spanned 12+ years in leading and heading HR function at Tata International, Tata Power and Tata Power SED, Shyam decided to step down from full time employment and pursue his entrepreneurial dream of running a truly professional company and help organizations achieve long term value creation through a systematic process of building HR excellence in all facets of business. Shyam is a CPF from IAF and has facilitated many HR initiatives and interventions which has won several external recognitions and industry best practices in Talent Development, Retention, Employee Engagement, Performance Management, Cultural Transformation and Change Management.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shyamviyer
Twitter: https://twitter.com/shyamviyer
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shyam.iyer.75
Website: www.60bitsconsulting.com


Co Facilitator: Kala D

Kala has worn multiple hats during her career from being a Masters in Organic Chemistry [OC] to being a Creative Facilitator [CF]. Her career graph started from being a Chemistry Teacher, then managing her family owned chemical business for a decade, then venturing out to start her own two entrepreneurial ventures to Co founding a Human Resource Management Consulting Firm. Kala is an Educator and Facilitative Trainer with over 20+ years of professional experience from diversified fields such as Corporate, NGO, Administrative bodies. Kala is a specialist in leadership development workshops through the medium of Dance, Drama and Art. Kala specializes in Creative Arts - in the areas of Drama, Dance and Arts. She is a practitioner of Improv Drama, Theatre of Oppressed and also a Play backer that are necessary aids for Creative Facilitator. Kala also holds Diploma in Psychology. Kala has facilitated and trained many Team Building, Communications, Empathetic Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership Development, Personality Development workshops pan India. Kala is certified from Monash University, Australia as a Practitioner of Mindfulness for Well Being and Peak Performance, US certified Etiquette trainer, Certified Trainer from TISS. She is also certified in AI (Appreciative Inquiry) from Case Western Reserve University, USA. Kala’s hobbies are to learn new dance forms. She is also a trained Classical Dancer. Kala is also a TEDx speaker


Building Synergies and Creating Collaborative Spaces for multi-generations

We live in a very exciting world where for the first time workspaces are experiencing interesting dynamics in managing a wider range of generations. Over 5 generations of people are working under the same roof and contributing to organisational growth, revenues, cultures and brand. This diversity brings about a basket of positive drivers as well as challenges. How can we, as facilitators, play the role of enablers in supporting organizations in leveraging this opportunity called ‘diversity’ to foster an environment of empathy and compassion thereby opening their minds to learn from different perspectives. This session focuses on how can we support generations to engage with each other with their “Minds & Heart” there by building Synergies and creating an environment of collaboration!

    Desired Outcomes:
  1. Experience processes to build connect, appreciation & collaborative mindset across multi generations
  2. Discover ways to defusing generational blocks
  3. Enable learners to see perspectives of different generations

Connection with Theme:
This session is aimed to understand How to engage with different generations by respecting the diversity they bring to the table and learning from the different thinking styles. This links to the conference theme as it provides powerful insights to engage the “mind and the heart” of different generations and leverage on their unique strengths and potential. For any group of like-minded people, to build appreciation and empathy towards other diverse groups requires a mindset of non-judgement, receptiveness, compassion and empathy.

Hence this Topic is at the heart of the 2018 IAF theme.


Facilitator: Preetha Raaghav

Preetha Raaghav has over 16 years of corporate experience in the capacity of an HR Business Partner, L&D Specialist, & has played a Strategic role heading HR. A gold medalist from Madras University and a MS in Communication Studies from Ohio University, U.S.A she has worked across different industry. Preetha is multi-faceted person having dabbled with dance, theate and films that enables social change. This has given her an edge in creatively designing content/processes which is purposeful and aligned with her clients, needs. She thinks that her role as a facilitator/coach can be compared to that of a “catalyst” in expanding/transforming peoples thought process. She has managed multiple Pan India and international projects.


Co Facilitator: Bhanumathi Cousik

Bhanumathi Cousik (Bhanu) is an experienced professional with 29 years of experience, 22 years of which have been with Standard Chartered Bank (India and UAE).Her core areas of expertise include Sales and Service. Her L&D experience include 15 years of Coaching, Training and Process migration. Since 2011 she has been handling Corporate Training, Executive Coaching and Business Process Improvements for Corporates and SMEs. She is also an associate with NetExpat.

She crews as a life member with Frontier Trainings (US), specializing onExperiential learning programs.She has a certification in Behavioral Training from Oscar Murphy International, Singapore (OMi), certification in Leadership, Customer Service and Sales from International Trainers Academy (ITA) and is an NLP practitioner. She is COPC certified (Customer Operations Performance Center, Singapore and was a Customer Charter Champion for SCB UAE.She has taken active participation in HIV Aids Corporate and public awareness programs as part of her CSR roles.