horizontal.talks is all about peer exchange between facilitators, trainers and learners addressing topics of non-formal and citizenship education, such as democracy, facilitation and organizational development.

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In this episode our guests share their journey of working with the Civil Society Toolbox in the frame of the Organizational Development Grant (ODG) and explain how young as well as more experienced organizations and teams can use the methods and process offered by the Toolbox for their own organizational development. The Organizational Development Grant is implemented in the frame of the Civil Society Cluster in the Bosch Alumni Network by iac and MitOst and offers teams and organizations support that have the need to work for their organizational development. The grant provides a trained coach who works alongside each team to create a custom-made workshop depending on their specific needs as well as additional budget for implementing the workshop.

In this episode, Ghizlane Akourim and Janhavi Dhamankar give insights into their facilitation practice by sharing learnings from horizontal school’s Advanced Facilitation Training, good practices and how we, as facilitators, can improve by accepting feedback and never stop learning. Furthermore, Ghizlane and Janhavi reflect on what it means to be a facilitator and if this term fits to all practices, especially artistic approaches in facilitation. 

Ivo Krug and Anastasija Pobednova participated in horizontal school’s Basic Facilitation Training. In this episode, they share about what attracted them to become facilitators and the little moments of magic they experienced so far through facilitation. Anastasija and Ivo both work in post-soviet countries and tell us more why facilitating group decision processes are challenging in this region, but also what great potential lies in giving people tools and opportunities for self-directed learning.

Inspired by a ranking of evaluation methods in the Social Reporting Standard, Astrid Thews and Linda Frankenthal talk about their experiences with methods and approaches of evaluation design and reflect on the reliability of several methods. They also discuss why it matters to be clear about the purpose of one´s evaluation and the learnings one can gain from it.


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