The guidelines and advice in this chapter are based on the author’s experience facilitating more than 200 risk workshops of various forms, with the number of participants ranging from 8 to 800. It is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to facilitation techniques, but assumes the reader has some basic understanding of how to facilitate a management meeting.
WHAT IS A RISK WORKSHOP?
A risk workshop is a structured, large-group conversation about future uncertainties.
- The workshop is structured to yield specific results within a specific agenda: decisions, learning, and commitment to action. Therefore, there is a set agenda and a facilitator, whose responsibility is to ensure that the conversation takes a specific form aligned with the workshop’s objectives.
- The workshop involves a large group. Large, in this sense, means more than seven or eight participants—more people than could normally have a satisfactory, efficient conversation about a complex topic on their own in a single pass, without leadership or guidance, and achieve an effective outcome or result.
- The workshop is a conversation. The emphasis in a risk workshop is on enabling an open and frank discussion among people with knowledge or authority over the subject risks, and on encouraging contrary views and perspectives.
- The workshop is about the future. It concerns future events ...