The Facilitator Cards Blog

Welcome! Here you will find posts about Facilitation & Training Resources, Using Facilitator Cards (how-tos, theory, sequences, etc.), and About the Cards themselves (how they're made, how they came to be, expansions and updates, etc.).

Come Join the August Brain Jam: Airtable for Facilitators

Make beautiful RSVPs, super-powered resource lists, and customizable feedback forms with Airtable

More Trees & Happier Bees: Offsetting Our Environmental Impact

How we ensure that Facilitator Cards are better than carbon neutral—and how you can do that too!

How to Prep for an Emergent Facilitation

Four key ways to prepare for the unknowable in your next workshop, meeting, or gathering.

July Brain Jam: Facilitator Potluck & Playground

Bring something you’ve done, something you’ve learned from, or something you want to try out and share with other facilitation geeks!

What's New on the Virtual Facilitator Guide: Spring 2021

New Zoom activities live on the Virtual Facilitator Guide to mix up your next online gathering

Using Stream Deck for Zoom Facilitation: Learnings from the Brain Jam

How Stream Deck can be a co-facilitator app and tips on how to use Stream Deck as a virtual facilitator.

Join our June Brain Jam: Emergent & Responsive Facilitation

How can we facilitate on-the-fly, respond to the true needs of our group, and use Facilitator Cards to make it all easier.

How to Write On, Clean Off, and Reuse Your Facilitator Cards

Answers to a few Card Carrier questions from our first Card Sharks session.

Join Our May Brain Jam: Using Stream Deck for Virtual Facilitation

Explore a simple-yet-powerful app to smoothly manage any technology you’re using in your workshops and training.

Getting Started with OBS: A short guide for facilitators

Guiding you from downloading OBS, to building your first scenes, to using it in your next facilitation.

Facilitator Cards Brain Jam: Using OBS for Virtual Facilitation

Can one piece of software eliminate 90% of our tech headaches for free?

Using Gather for Virtual Facilitation: Canning the Brain Jam

How sharing a virtual world can help us get closer to in-person facilitating than we initially thought possible.

March Brain Jam: Virtual Breakout Room Best Practices

Breakout rooms are a go-to feature for facilitators nowadays, so what do we need to do to make the most of them?

Facilitator Brain Jam: Using Gather for Virtual Facilitation

Have you ever explored how you might use a proximity-based video-conferencing platform in your workshops?

How to Review Your Facilitator Game Tape

Why watching yourself facilitate can help you improve everything

Declaring Winter Break on the Virtual Facilitation Guide

We hear you on the "I'm not putting anything on my calendar until 2021" vibe. Let's get back into it in January.

Virtual Facilitation Agenda: Four Activities from Minute Papers to 10/10/10 Analysis

A stack of cards for facilitating deep introspection, dialogue, and coaching participants to make a decision that will stand up to the test of time — all on Zoom.

Virtual Facilitation Agenda: Four Activities from Strike a Pose to Dot Voting

A stack of cards you can use for an engaging Zoom meeting that surfaces emotions, ideas, clarifies those ideas, and finally lands on a collective decision.

Using AhaSlides for Virtual Facilitation: Canning the Brain Jam

What roles can live polling software play in a Zoom meeting? Turns out, a bunch!

RSVP for our Facilitator Brain Jam: Using AhaSlides for Virtual Facilitation

Join us as we crowdsource creative ways to use live polling to enhance Zoom meetings.

Using MURAL for Virtual Facilitation: Canning the Brain Jam

We surfaced dozens of facilitator challenges we're facing, and wise-crowds-ed solutions.

Join Our First Facilitator Brain Jam: Using Mural for Virtual Facilitation

We're bringing facilitators together to explore new digital tools and crowdsource creative ways to use these tools in our facilitation.

Modifying In-Person Activities for Virtual Facilitation

From the digital tools you'll need, to the questions to ask yourself as you're rewriting your agendas, here's a great place to start if you're transitioning from physical rooms to Zoom.

Facilitating On-Camera: A Jumpstart into Video-Based Facilitation

Are you struggling for ways to connect groups during the pandemic? Don’t know your Zooms from your Hangouts? Have you never before considered the roles of lighting or microphones in your work?

Why Are These So Expensive?

A response to a comment on our Kickstarter, and explanation of what went into the price of the Facilitator Cards.

How to Facilitate Magnet Statements

A preview chapter from the Facilitator Cards Facilitation Guide

My Essential (Tiny) Facilitator Kit

The items that always make my facilitation packing list

Why I See Facilitation as Essential to Living Social Justice

There are lots of ways we can engage groups in learning. This one just happens to be inherently equitable and just.

Get Un-Stuck in Your Facilitation Planning

5 Strategies to help when you’re drawing a blank and wondering if you’ll ever have a creative idea again.

Facilitation Sequence: Magnet Statements + 5 Whys

A pairing of activities to help you better understand your group, help them understand each other, and to dig into what is bubbling under the surface.

Adding Modularity to Your Facilitation Planning

One small change you can make for big creativity & flexibility.

My Go-To Facilitation Rider

After years of back-and-forths, these are the facilitator supplies I ask every client to provide for maximum flexibility.

12 Free Facilitation Tools to Boost Your Creativity

For your convenience: Meet the Facilitator Cards Preview Pack

How to Pick the Right Activity: Ask yourself what it's for

Group size and energy levels matter, of course, but those need to come second to this.

Goodbye Dry Erase. Hello Wet Erase.

We planned for the cards to be dry erase. After testing our prototype, we realized how bad of a plan that was.

Changing the Game

How I gradually made my facilitations more about my participants than my plan.

The Questions We Asked Every Potential Manufacturer

We're trying to make and ship a physical product that's high quality, ethical, and sustainable.

Intro to the Facilitator Cards Blog

Let's start with a little housekeeping: framing the blog, instructions for where to find things, and our intended outcomes.