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.
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.