A Facilitator is not quite the same as a leader or a chairperson, but more like a clerk in a BUD Meeting. A facilitator accepts responsibility to help the BUD accomplish a common task: to move through the Agenda in the time available and to make necessary Decisions and plans for implementation.
A facilitator makes no Decisions for the group, but suggests ways that will help the group move forward. He or she works in such a way that the people present at the Meeting are aware that they are in charge, that this is their business that is being conducted, and that each person has a role to play.
It is important to emphasize that the responsibility of the facilitator is to the BUD(s) and its work rather than to the individuals within the group. Furthermore, a person with a high stake in the issues discussed will have a more difficult task functioning as a good facilitator.
Source: Building Social Change Communities
Contributors: Berit Lakey, The Training/Action Affinity Group of Movement for a New Society
Recommended Reading: Building Social Change Communities