Design and Facilitation Masterclass

Designing for and facilitating effective collaboration has now become a key organisational skill. It is critical for effective problem-solving, driving higher team engagement and simply getting better outcomes faster.


We have developed a 2-day Collaborative Design Masterclass to help you develop these skills and embed them in your everyday practice. The course is designed as an intensive 2-day, experiential deep dive into the world of collaboration design and facilitation.


Learning objectives


Learn how to use collaborative design mindset, tools and techniques to design and facilitate better workshops. In particular by…

  • Developing the mindset and skillset to co-design and deliver collaborative workshops with greater confidence.

  • Exploring the use of models and the art of questioning as key enablers of the co-design practice.

  • Learning some structured processes and tools to develop your practice.


Key topics / take-aways


The masterclass will cover the journey from initial contact with a client (internal or external) through to post-event activity. We will decompose the co-design process in a series of clearly defined steps including exploration and understanding of the context and problem, crystallisation of and alignment on objectives, outcomes and scope, development of a design for the session and eventually an agenda.

We will focus in particular on:

  • Sponsor engagement: scoping, framing, setting context.

  • Art of questioning: asking the right questions at the right time and in the right way to drive clarity and focus.

  • Models: exploring how to use models to support co-design

  • Facilitation: exploring how the co-design process can inform your posture, language and choices at the front of the room

  • Post-event: co-designing for outcomes and extending the intent back into the day-to-day life of the organisation

  • Experience design: Creating the holistic conditions for the journey to be engaging and productive for your sponsors and  participants


At each stage, we will include the use of tools, models, frameworks and real-life stories to deepen the learning. The course will build on Design Thinking and MG Taylor methodologies and will be structured around our field guide to design & facilitation: Collaboration by Design

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants have a holistic understanding of the multiple different ways in which workshops can create value for the participants, the sponsors, and ultimately the organisation.

  • Participants understand how to create the right context for workshops to deliver valuable outcomes through meaningful collective experiences.

  • Participants can detect risks earlier to prevent them, and better handle difficult situations that were not anticipated.

  • Participants take away  experience-based insights about sponsor engagement and the co-design process, including practical tips and tricks.

Who should attend?

  • Facilitators with some experience in the field workshop design and facilitation

  • People who want to take their expertise to the next level, and in particular to embed design thinking in their practice.

  • Senior to principle consultants

  • Owners and operators of innovation or collaboration hubs.

About the faciliators

Philippe Coullomb

Philippe has developed a deep experience in transformation design and group genius facilitation across all industries and all continents. He engages with leaders, teams and communities to co-design approaches for the deep transformation of complex systems. He helps create the conditions for emergence of new ways of doing business and guides large groups on their journey through complexity.

Sandra Daniel

Sandra has fifteen years of experience supporting organizations and individuals to navigate through complex periods of change all around the world. Designing strategies and change processes, she engages with all walks of life to help them design their own approaches for the emergence of new ways of working. Sandra has developed a strong expertise in collaborative design, and in particular design workshops, as a client before becoming a practitioner which gives her a unique perspective on the craft.

Guenola Rasa

Guenola has been practicing co-design and facilitation for over 17 years across the globe. She invites large and small teams to explore possibilities, experiment ideas, express themselves and engage into action-oriented results. With her no nonsense style, she seeks to break down complex issues into manageable bite sized pieces. She has extended experience in publishing and project management in public and private sectors in Europe.

Georgie Foster

Georgie has a background in film making and has become expert at using the art of persuasion to bring people along the impossible journey of independent film making. Over 10 years ago, she entered the world of collaborative design and is now working at the intersection of creative and corporate. Georgie is a master at activating the invisible threads between people to bring the best out of their collaboration, and at supporting teams to operate at a high performing level, inside and outside workshops.

Shoba Chandran

Shoba is a highly experienced facilitator and consultant, with more than 15 years’ worth of experience in the field of creativity and innovation. She is a Certified Competent Facilitator (CCF), Scrum Master and CTI trained coach. Shoba specialises in running organisation retreats and strategy offsites; working with the leadership and their teams to solve complex problems and chart a strategy for the future. More recently, she has been directing part of her energies to upskill her industry peers: developing experienced and newer trainers into learning facilitators, as well as developing the next generation of process facilitators.

Cédric Defay

Cédric started his career as an IT project manager, building web-based business solutions for his clients from all industries. He discovered co-design and group genius facilitation in 2007 and decided to explore and dig into this wide universe.  Since then, he has supported leaders and companies on the exciting journey of collaborative innovation and transformation. More recently, he started developing capability building, training and coaching activities for peers and clients. He is passionate about gaming and explores how game design principles and mechanisms can enhance the practice of collaborative design.

Upcoming Events
Design and Facilitation Masterclass
Thu, May 21
Melbourne, Australia (tbd)
May 21, 8:30 AM – May 22, 5:30 PM
Melbourne, Australia (tbd), Melbourne VIC, Australia
The Design and Facilitation Masterclass is an intensive 2-day, experiential deep dive into the world of collaboration design and facilitation.
Design and Facilitation Masterclass
Fri, Aug 21
Singapore (tbd)
Aug 21, 9:00 AM GMT+8 – Aug 22, 5:30 PM GMT+8
Singapore (tbd), Singapore
The Design and Facilitation Masterclass is an intensive 2-day, experiential deep dive into the world of collaboration design and facilitation.
Design and Facilitation Masterclass
Thu, Sep 24
Paris, France (tbd)
Sep 24, 9:00 AM – Sep 25, 6:00 PM
Paris, France (tbd), Paris, France
2 jours d’immersion intense dans l’expérience du design collaboratif et de la facilitation.
Design and Facilitation Masterclass
Mon, Oct 19
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Oct 19, 9:00 AM GMT+8 – Oct 20, 5:30 PM GMT+8
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Openfield Design studio, Taman Sains Selangor, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
The Design and Facilitation Masterclass is an intensive 2-day, experiential deep dive into the world of collaboration design and facilitation.
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