“Aha” Moments

Mark Sorensen Facilitator TrainingThe biggest challenge from our three-day facilitation and evaluation training?  Thinking about what I do – and to be a little abstract, our role in our community – in a new way.  As we practiced skills for organizing meetings, connecting conversations, and assessing processes and outcomes, I found myself thinking, “This is so unfamiliar!  It feels unlike what I do, the work that I’ve learned intimately, and poured myself into for the last eight years.”


Failure IS an Option

At the end of the second day of intense facilitator training, we were asked to write about what we had gotten out of the experience.  I wrote about the benefits of taking risks.  I reflected on my fellow FIT (Facilitator-in-Training) Team Members who boldly got up in front of others – some volunteered to be first; some tried a technique that no one else had done; some volunteered to do one thing which ended up being a different thing; some volunteered to mediate a heated argument; and some taught us new games.  Some appeared confident while others appeared nervous.  Everyone, throughout those training days, took risks.  They stood up, stepped in, stood out, and tried different things. More

What Counts Get Measured: Part 1

Measure 2Although I love Albert Einstein’s statement, “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”,  our society is obsessed with numbers and measurements.  As we move more deeply into the era of “Big Data”, that obsession will only deepen and grow.  Most library statistics are outputs tied to easily countable things.  How many programs happened at Saddlebrook Branch?  How many people attended the Historical Mystery Book Club at A.V. Sorensen Branch?  How many people signed up for Summer Reading Program at Willa Cather Branch? More