History of the ICA Network Association (ICAN) 1989-1994 “A Look at Our Origins” Beret E. Griffith and Jean Watts. Between 1989 and 1994 ICA facilitators met to explore creating a loose-knit “association” of people using ICA Technology of Participation (ToP)® group facilitation methods in their professional activities.
An early electronic discussion on Group Facilitation: Process Expertise for Group Effectiveness. This was sponsored by the International Association of Facilitators which ICA practitioners founded (see article below “ICA-IAF Growing a New Organization”).
On January 17, 1993 at the ICA Network gathering in Phoenix, Arizona, the ToP group created a vision for the founding of an as yet unnamed association for facilitators. The vision was the guide for bringing the IAF into being in 1994 with a Vision Workshop.
Launch of The International Association of Facilitators in 1994
Growing a New Organization: Giving All and Letting Go, How ICA Colleagues Helped to Launch and Support the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) By Sunny Walker and Beret Griffith, June 2004. Charter Members of the IAF.
The International Association of Facilitators (IAF) is a participatory organisation with members in more than 65 countries. As a professional association, we set internationally accepted industry standards, provide accreditation, support a community of practice, advocate and educate on the power of facilitation and embrace the diversity of facilitators.