Viv McWaters

There are many different styles of facilitation. My style is to break patterns – to respond to what is happening right now, and to work with the group to discover new approaches to the work that matters for them. With a background in the natural sciences and the arts, I am able to bring the best of both worlds to my work.

The practices of improvised theatre influence me greatly on how I approach my work, as well as drawing on a whole suite of other approaches.

In 2013 I published Creative Facilitation with Johnnie Moore.

My broad-based background spans the agriculture, forestry, conservation, community development, media, and humanitarian aid sectors. I studied agricultural science at Longerenong Agricultural College, and have a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies from RMIT University, and a Masters in Applied Science (Agriculture and Rural Development) from the University of Western Sydney.

Most recently my work has been focused on disaster risk reduction, emergency response, and participatory development – within communities and organisations - building resilience and capacity.