Creative Facilitation

Creative Facilitation is the art of leading a team through a creative process in order to solve problems or generate new shared visions and opportunities for organizations. Getting everyone on the same page in an open and trustful atmosphere of creative collaboration demands special care and attention.

Throwing ideas about in a quick brainstorm session is often based on memory and logic, and with the right experts this often does the trick. However, when facing more complex design issues, or in cases where shared understanding is required, Creative Facilitation offers an important added value when addressing these issues. Creative Facilitation uses the fundamental concepts of Industrial Design Engineering to create and elaborate ideas into workable solutions.


In this Master Class, we address these issues from the point of view of designing and leading creative processes as a creative facilitator.

During this master class, you will learn to:

  • create an atmosphere of trust, and achieve so-called ‘suspension of disbelief’;
  • design and run creative processes for specific problems or issues;
  • inventory and redefine problems and objectives.


Marc Tassoul

Marc Tassoul is lecturer in Creativity and Creative facilitation at IDE, TU Delft. He has a vast experience in running workshops and sharing his knowledge and insights via presentations and publications.

Programme 2021

Please note: this Master Class has an evening program on the first day.

Location: Art Centre, Delft

9:00 Welcome and coffee
9:30 Introduction
Who's Who
Overview Programme
10:15 General overview Creative Facilitation
Creative Process
Conditions and basic rules
Suspension of disbelief
Relating and naming / vision in three
11:15 Typical issues for Creative Facilitation - problems and opportunities
Interactive session with participant input
What kind of questions could one face as a Creative Facilitator?
Short intro on problem definition
12:30 Lunch
at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering
13:30 Example Session - detailing all the steps
Learning by doing - going through a typical Creative Facilitation process step by step
15:30 A multitude of techniques for idea generation
17:30 Dinner
19:00 Learnings from practice 
Alternative experience more 'exotic' idea generation techniques methaphor, guided fantasy, creating shared vision
21:30 End of the first day

Location: Art Centre, Delft

9:30 Start
New thoughts, ideas and expectations for this second day
10:00 Process design
Deciding on example cases to work on in groups
Sharing these plans and comments
11:15 First part of session
Problem analysis and problem redefinition  
12:30 Lunch
at Art Centre, Delft
13:30 Lecture on Group dynamics & the facilitator
Facilitation as a leadership style / process consulting
14:30 Second part of session
Idea generation & selection
Acceptance finding & presentation
16:00 Learnings
Sharing experiences of these sessions
Reflection & Recommendations
16:30 Closure and Drinks
Checking outcomes with expectations
What's next?