The Focus on Facilitation (FoF) community of practice is a learning community devoted to strengthening member skills in the art of facilitation. Facilitation in this case refers to helping groups of people share ideas, do work, or achieve an outcome in a participatory and collaborative way. FoF began over 10 years ago and has grown to over 450 members from across the US. Most of our members are from the Dane County, Wisconsin area.
FoF meets on a monthly basis in the City of Madison during the school year and also provides a virtual option for members to participate. As of September of 2017, FoF will be jointly supported by three sponsor organizations: The University of Wisconsin-Madison (Office of Quality Improvement), Madison College (Interest Based Problem Solving) and FacilitatorU.
We welcome you and invite you to join us in person, virtually, or to learn more from the resources housed on this website.
Darin Harris Jeremy Kautza Steve Davis
UW-Madison Madison College FacilitatorU
Darin Harris is an organizational development consultant and facilitator at UW-Madison, Office of Quality Improvement (OQI). Darin has worked at OQI since 2004 and concentrates on strategic planning, organizational redesign, and group engagement, project management, and process improvement. He approaches each organization from a systems perspective by taking into account how processes, people, and content interrelate. Transforming plans into action is of particular interest to Darin. Since joining OQI in 2004, he has worked with dozens of academic departments and administrative units to achieve optimum results. Recently, he received a distinguished prefix title at UW-Madison and was appointed as a faculty affiliate with the La Follette School of Public Affairs. At the national level, Darin is a board member of the Network for Change and Continuous Innovation in Higher Education (NCCI).
In 2007, he teamed with FacilitatorU to create a comprehensive, week-long facilitator certification program that has drawn over 500 participants from across the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia; http://www.journeyofcollaboration.com.
Before coming to OQI, Darin spent 10 years as a policy facilitator, conflict resolution specialist, and organizational consultant for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. He is an alumnus of UW-Madison and enjoys exploring Madison’s rich community with his wife and two children.
Jeremy Kautza has over 20 years of facilitation experience in a wide variety of settings. Starting as a high school mathematics teacher in 1996, he quickly realized that teaching was much more than just delivering content. It was building relationships, solving problems, resolving conflicts, helping students change their mindset about mathematics, and reflecting on lessons with an eye toward continuous improvement.
Jeremy serves as the director of the Interest-Based Problem Solving unit at Madison College. This unit supports the shared governance structure under which Madison College operates, while also supporting individuals, teams, and entire departments in conflict resolution, strategic planning, process improvement, and issue analysis. He leads a team of facilitators to embed the culture of shared-decision making that has led to stronger relationships, long-lasting solutions, and a deep commitment to the Madison College mission. He is a strong believer in ongoing professional development and life-long learning.
While not at work, Jeremy continues to officiate three-sports, serves as the social media coordinator for Little League Baseball and Softball in south-central Wisconsin, and is a self-proclaimed weather geek. He has seen a baseball game in 28 of the 30 active Major League ballparks and will challenge you to a Seinfeld trivia contest any time.
Steve Davis is a private consultant, founder of FacilitatorU.com, and
co-founder of Living Giving Enterprises. Steve works with his clients to overcome barriers to their creativity, to empower their under-performing teams, to enhance their facilitation skills, and to help them develop a deeper relationship with themselves. He publishes a blog for facilitators, the Master Facilitator Journal, with over 5,000 readers in nearly 100 countries.
He offers a unique and diverse skill set encompassing management, business and life coaching, group facilitation, training design and delivery, e-commerce, marketing, writing, and engineering. Past work has focused on delivery of live and virtual seminars in facilitation, coaching, collaboration, sustainable leadership, communication, change, and life management skills. Recent work has involved civic engagement support for Madison Gas & Electric and the Milwaukee United project for the Greater Milwaukee Foundation .
In 2007, he teamed with the University of Wisconsin to create a unique training experience, the Journey of Facilitation & Collaboration that incorporates a new Integral model of Facilitation. This week-long facilitator certification program has been offered to over 500 participants from across the globe with plans to significantly scale this offering to reach a larger audience over the coming years. To learn more about Steve, visit his website at www.FacilitatorU.com.