Join our more substantial bi-monthly Networking and learning meetup, for four hours on the 3rd Tuesday afternoon of every other month - alternating with our Monday evening social meetups.
In 2017 we will meet for these every time in the new portacabin meeting room of the Calthorpe Project community centre on Grays Inn Road. The room can accommodate up to around 15-20. It is just beyond the small decked area overlooking the community garden, and has moveable tables & chairs and a flip chart, whiteboard and space for a sticky wall. There is now a community cafe where we buy drinks & snacks, and we can bring our own food and drink as we wish - please let us know if you will bring cake!
The timing and location of these meetups is intended to attract and enable people to travel from outside of London to join us as well - even from neighbouring IAF groups in Scotland, Paris or Brussels (we are a 10 minute walk from the St Pancras Eurostar terminal & Kings Cross). Please invite friends & colleagues from near and far!
These meetups are designed to allow time and space for us to demonstrate, practice and experiment with our facilitation together, and share feedback on that, as well as share presentations and support through discussion. So, building on the successful format of previous meetups, I suggest some combination each time of these four key elements:
• a round of introductions, followed by open discussion to follow up on whatever emerges of common interest
• short presentations from one or two of those present, followed by questions and discussion
• one or two longer facilitated sessions, followed by feedback and discussion on the process as well as the content
* an opportunity for 2 or 3 of those present to share a current challenge or issue that they are struggling with, to receive questions, feedback or advice in return.
Please let us know in a comment below if you are prepared to share a presentation, facilitate a session, or bring a challenge or issue for us to respond to.
Stay on afterwards if you can to go for some food and drink together nearby. There are of course plenty of pubs and restaurants nearby, including the Parcel Yard (http://www.parcelyard.co.uk/) pub inside Kings Cross station where we meet alternate months for our social evenings.
Please share a review on the group page afterwards, to let others know how you found the meetup - and please use the hashtag #IAFMeetup (https://twitter.com/hashtag/iafmeetup) on social media before, during & after the meetup!