Group development models seem to tell us, facilitators, that we can develop groups. Wrong.
We can create a process - including strategies, techniques, methods etc. - that will help the group to emerge.
Eventually, real groups will determine their purpose, process and so on. Externals - sponsors, initiators etc. - may inspire, suggest and facilitate only.
What happens with a newly formed group in a facilitated session?
When the session concludes, will the 'group agreement' materialize? Maybe. Will the enjoyment remains long after the silence? Maybe not. Will the idealism and visioning stays within?
Sessions-based activity has been what facilitators are best known for.
Maybe, when we aim for change and impact, we - facilitators - start to also care about what happen in between sessions.
Next discussion: how to 'facilitate' in between sessions?