Designers are particularly adept facilitators, owing to our ability to play out scenarios without attachment, prototype without fondness for a particular outcome, and orientation towards learning by doing. I’m part of a group of teachers who teach Facilitation by Design, offered both through AIGA and independently.
Twice now I’ve helped other designers (of all backgrounds) learn how to facilitate — in particular, all the preparation it takes to even make an agenda. The first was a cohort of 20 professionals from various backgrounds, conducted at CCA’s open gallery space in June 2015. The second was 45 in-house UX designers and researchers all from Walmart Labs, conducted on-site in September 2015.