IAF Honors Best Facilitators with its Impact Awards 2021

4th Nov, 2021

Sixteen organisations and over 90 facilitators were honoured at this year’s Facilitation Impact Awards ceremony on 25 October 2021.

The Facilitation Impact Awards are the world’s most prestigious international awards honouring excellence in facilitation and the measurable impact facilitation has on the challenges faced by organisations.

Positive voices from around the world

Recognising our world’s need for a story that brings people together with good news, the 2021 awards called upon organisations to tell their stories of using facilitation to have a positive impact.

Leaders from 16 organisations spanning Belgium, Canada, China, India, Iran, Ireland, the Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United States will be recognised for using facilitation to make change and progress happen for their organisations.  

“Facilitation is being used in companies, communities and government around the world. The awards recognise the specific impacts that organisations and facilitators have achieved from facilitation,” said Vinay Kumar, Chair of the IAF.

“We all want to see positive change in the world we live but it’s not easy to achieve. Under pressure, group dynamics and processes can fall apart. These are make-or-break moments when an independent facilitator can make all the difference,” said Jeffer London, IAF Board Member.

“The awards flow from a peer evaluation of nominations by association volunteers who award points based on a set of objective criteria capable of being applied to any project. The results for successful nominees are reflected in awards at the platinum, gold and silver levels. The awards are international recognition for the achievements of both organisations and facilitators,” said Vinay Kumar, Chair of the IAF.

“The remarkably diverse range of projects receiving awards demonstrates our belief that good group process facilitation can be used in any context to help people change the world around them and have an impact,” shared Mr. Kumar.

“The facilitators who have gained recognition for their expertise have combined innovative planning with expert delivery in widely-varied fields to help their clients meet complex challenges and achieve organisational objectives,” Mr. Kumar said.

About the award ceremony

Celebrate the impact of facilitation and meet the people behind the projects. We will be honouring silver, gold and platinum projects for achieving a positive and measurable impact through excellence in facilitation. Hosted by the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) the awardees span the globe, and are not necessarily IAF members. You will have a chance to hear their secrets for success, and get into conversation with the project team of your choice. Programme includes project films, breakout discussions and networking opportunities, as well as a peek behind the curtain to see how these awards are prepared and selected. Hosted by Jeffer London, it promises to inspire and entertain! RSVP on the IAF website, where you can join the conversation with awardees.

About the awardees

Seven of the awardees are not-for-profit organisations, four are large corporates, 3 are small to medium-sized businesses and two are government organisations. The projects undertaken clearly show that good group process facilitation translates into cost-effective and creative outcomes. The diversity of projects emphasises that expert facilitation can play a major role in any type of project in any sector.
Project summaries for each award are available at iaf-world.org/FIA
You can interact with the awardees on the Howspace platform where the ceremony is hosted. For access to the platform, visit iaf-world.org/FIA

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