The Path Process

I’ve been working with different groups of people on visioning and strategic planning. During this process, I leverage a tool from an organization dedicated to changing lives. They are the Inclusion Network and I’m certified in their processes. The one I use regularly for my work is called the PATH Process. I modify it to work with teams at the corporate level.

A good friend of mine, Phil Irwin, often acts as my graphic facilitator. Back in March of 2014 he took his first shot at working with me and Foothills School Division on building out a vision of preferred learning environments for all students.

Here’s the video of his creation while I was using my skills to evoke the necessary dialogue to develop the dialogue that Phil captures in a graphical format. It’s part 1 of a 4 part process and Phil and I have continued these efforts to make differences for diverse organizations like Frozen Solid and The Digital Human Library.

And the draft of the final version


What’s great about this process is that it inspires the creative part of each participants mind, encourages a positive, move forward approach and reveals thinking that sometimes remains hidden when conducting these types of exercises in large groups. The silent get voice and by the time we’re finished, we have people all pointing in the same direction.

Steps 2, 3 and 4 move from the thinking to the doing part of the work and help to organize, outline and structure the work to get to the goal.

I’m looking forward to working on 3 fairly large contracts related to this type of facilitation.

I’d love to hear your feedback.