With eyes wide open: the facilitator at the centre

Lisbeth Frølunde, Chistina Hee Pedersen

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The paper was presented in the panel “Tending the tensions in co-creation: A critical, reflexive approach to co-creative methods” at the 32nd IHSCR.
This paper highlights different forms of tension involved in facilitating creative processes and argues that tension is a necessity for change and that vulnerability and discomfort are often overlooked as transformative forces. The analysis draws on data from a classroom context in which university students tested methods for facilitating creative thinking in a course on data production and creativity. The data stem from a session on the method “Lego Serious Play”. One of the authors was present as facilitator, the other as teacher/observer. Among the tensions analysed are tensions between our own planning and improvisation in the classroom context, tensions produced by different social positions (of student / teacher) and tensions involved in constructions of group identity when an external facilitator disrupts a context. We argue that the facilitation of creative methods calls for keeping our eyes wide open for tensions, for they are the mulch that improves the soil.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIHRSC 2013 Abstracts : Creativity in Human Science Research, Methodology and Theory
Number of pages1
Place of PublicationAalborg
PublisherAalborg Universitet
Publication date13 Aug 2013
Publication statusPublished - 13 Aug 2013
Event32nd International Human Sciences Research Conference: Creativity in Human Science Research, Methodology and Theory - Aalborg Congress & Culture Centre , Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 13 Aug 201316 Aug 2013


Conference32nd International Human Sciences Research Conference
LocationAalborg Congress & Culture Centre

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