see-saw co-development

Notes for faciliators

These are general notes intended to cover what needs to be done to organise and faciliate the various stages of the See-Saw process.

This is still very much a provisional draft, awaiting feedback from experience.

Overall process management

The See-Saw process should be experienced as an integrated whole to participants, as it is presented in these pages.

The focal point of the See-Saw process is the conversation meeting. The facilitators of that meeting are the people who need to take overall responsibility for the process. Ideally they are also the Guides for the reflection stage, but if not, they will need to keep closely in touch with those Guides.


Please read the general notes on the reflection stage, and the notes for Guides.

The faciliators need to ensure that the people booked in for a conversation meeting are given adequate guidance; and that people who are not ready for a fruitful conversation meeting are identified and given options other than attending. The timetabling and management of this process from being accepted into a group to having briefs accepted should be able to be managed by the Guides.

The people who attend will be holding conversations. It is important that the ground is prepared for these conversations. A central requirement is that each participant has written two briefs, one as an individual, and one as holding an initiative idea, but also important is the likelihood that those people will have fruitful conversations on the basis of the briefs. Before more experience is built up, it is hard to know what range of briefs will work, but in the meanwhile, it is essential for facilitators to be part of a process that learns what works best.

The conversations

Please read the general notes on the conversation stage.

If there is to be a face-to-face meeting for conversations, faciliators will need to arrange:

It is possible to do without projector and screen, or other technology.

If, alternatively, participants are arranging conversations between themselves, it will be important:

Facilitating follow-up

Facilitating follow-up involves encouraging communication and collaboration between participants, both in terms of the presented initiatives, and simply through mutual support. Alongside this, where possible, information should be gathered to allow process improvement.