My journey to facilitation began with poor group experiences. In my work as a sustainability specialist I routinely experienced project teams that didn’t deliver on their potential because we couldn’t overcome problems of status, misunderstanding, people not willing to compromise and a host of behaviours that were never called out.
It became pretty clear that many of our approaches to environmental and social challenges were failing not from a lack of technical knowledge but due to the inability of stakeholders to collaborate well. My interest and passion for facilitation developed from there…and led to the Groupwork Institute.
In addition to teaching and providing facilitation, collaboration and conflict mediation services, much of my work focuses on collaborative solution design for sustainability issues. My passion is helping organisations, communities and diverse project teams work better together – as part of ambitious change projects.
If you have a multi-stakeholder sustainability, resource or climate change related issue and need meaningful engagement, innovative participatory design or rich cross-disciplinary collaboration, let’s talk!
For more info about me and my professional background, see Che Biggs on LinkedIn
2013 Sustainability Leadership Fellow, Centre for Sustainability Leadership, Melbourne, Australia
2011 Adv. Dip. Group Facilitation, Groupwork Centre, Melbourne, Australia
2005 MSc. Environmental Management and Policy, International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics. Lund, Sweden
2001 BSc. Environmental Science, Hons 1, Adelaide University. Adelaide, Australia