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Butts Associates gives you your goal


Facilitation is a process where a professional (or several in collaboration) brings the dialogue of a group into a meeting to achieve the objectives set forth by it. We are experts in facilitating meetings to be productive, saving time and effort, fostering creativity and positivity. We help you talk and share ideas in the best way.



In what types of activity is facilitation used?


Identifying problems and developing ideas for improvement, collecting information for innovation, identifying and planning projects, periodic meetings, strategic planning processes, consensus building processes, and other activities, including for example the development of a family protocol , or the division of inheritances



Who uses facilitation?


Butts Associates facilitates meetings for partners, businesses and family businesses, organizations, hospitals, public and private entities, associations, hospitals, NGOs … those who want efficiency and productivity in their meeting.



What is facilitation used for?


Facilitation is used to achieve an objective effectively and efficiently in a dialogue or negotiation between two or more persons or entities, often a group of people.

The same conversation without a facilitator can last for days or months, or never bear fruit.



How many people can participate in a facilitation?


Two or more. Many people and many entities can participate in a facilitation. Depending on the context and number of people involved, Butts Associates will design a process to achieve the goal. The number of participants depends on the situation. Here are some examples of our work:


Heritage: Facilitation of discussion between 3 brothers and 2 nephews to create consensus on the management of the art collection of his deceased father and grandfather.


Community: Collect the opinion of 1675 neighbors of a rural area on the most important problems in their community, and facilitate their dialogue to identify possible projects to improve them. Creation of consensus among these neighbors to limit the number of projects to apply a grant to these, and to designate how to manage it


International border: Facilitating a dialogue between some 200 people from companies, NGOs, farmers, farmers and public entities to identify problems regarding the sustainability of the activity and the effect of this activity on the riverine areas of a river flowing through a international border.


Corporate: Facilitation of planning changes in the management and designation of responsibilities among 9 medical partners.


Societary: In a hybrid process of facilitation and consulting, we help companies in construction to plan protocols of action for partners, including eventual dissolution, and how to manage well the conflicts that will arise in daily life.


Family business: Development of family protocol, also annual meetings, and meeting to develop plans of different types.


Company: Facilitation of discussion among 22 people of a multinational about innovation in different markets.


Company: Discussion between 18, and then another 25 in another venue, on how to improve the company and specific ideas to achieve efficiency and efficiency. These facilitations were made using Legos ©.


Company: Facilitating groups to gather ideas, foster dialogue, and reap improvements. For example, identify at all levels of the company what values to include in a list that is adopted by the company to improve the satisfaction of employees and customers as well.


Association: Facilitating meetings of 16 people representing different interests so that their meetings are productive and meeting the agenda without extending the meeting.



The facilitator is an expert


The facilitator of Butts Associates does not contribute material content or his opinion, it contributes structure that manages the effectiveness and effectiveness of the dialogue that at times can take the form of a negotiation between the members of the group. Our facilitators are experienced mediators since the techniques for managing conflict, emotions, and negotiation in facilitation are similar or the same as the mediator uses in mediation.

The Butts Associates facilitator guides the dialogue, keeps it focused on the goal, removes barriers in communication and manages conflicts in the group.

A group can meet to talk to each other but sometimes get stuck or fail to be creative, or deviate from their goal. Your facilitator helps you to generate ideas, and to harvest information in an easy and effective way, sometimes drawing ideas for improvements where there seemed to be few, and ensuring the participation of all.



The difference between facilitation and mediation


Facilitation is a different process because in mediation there is a clear dispute and work is done to solve it. In facilitation there may be a conflict that your facilitator has to manage, but the goal is another, it is the one that marks the group for the meeting. Your facilitator coordinates the conversation between group members who have different opinions, naturally lowering tension and weaving everyone’s comments to make dialogue flow to achieve the goal.


Lego Serious Play®: cuando crear es jugar y jugar es productivo


Lego Serious Play® (LSP) is a facilitating method. By manipulating Legos® bricks and figures following the facilitator’s instructions is achieved in a delimited time, for example, a single day, which can take months to obtain by other methods. Butts Associates has certified Lego Serious Play® facilitators in several countries and we can facilitate using LSP in Spanish, Catalan, English, Italian, Danish, and French, and in bilingual teams for cross-border facilitations, multinational companies, or multicultural entities.