What is the Role of a Facilitator?

The word facilitate means to make easy.


 A facilitator conducts group business and guides the Consensus process so that it flows smoothly. Rotating facilitation from Meeting to Meeting shares important skills among the members. If anyone has firsthand knowledge about facilitation, it will help the flow of all Meetings. Co-facilitation, or having two (or more) people facilitate a Meeting is recommended. Having a woman and a man share the responsibilities encourages a more balanced Meeting. Also, an inexperienced Facilitator may apprentice with a more experienced one. Try to use a variety of techniques throughout the Meeting. And remember, a little bit of humor can go a long way in easing tension during a long, difficult Meeting.

Good facilitation is based upon the following principles:

Non-Directive Leadership


Clarity of Process


Agenda Contract


Good Will



 Sources: On Conflict & Consensus

Contributors: Amy Rothstein, C.T. Butler

Recommended Books: On Conflict & Consensus