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Design Facilitation 2 (May 2023)

Power, Tension, Critique

Design Facilitation 2 - May 2023

About the Workshop

Design thinking sounds amazing in theory, but if you have experienced facilitating a design process, you can attest to how messy it can be in practice!

How does a facilitator truly help bring people from diverse backgrounds together? Often, when different worldviews collide, power dynamics come to play, tensions build, relationships strain and challenging behaviours arise. It is part of a facilitator’s job to hold space for conversations amidst such complexity.

This is a hands-on workshop that delves into the messiness of design facilitation, offering you a safe space to learn how to be a better facilitator through guided practice. This workshop will build on basics covered in Design Facilitation 1, and cover advanced topics like managing power dynamics, tension, challenging behaviours and facilitating design critique in a manner that fosters conversation.

What You’ll Learn

  1. Handling power dynamics within a group
  2. Handling tension and challenging behaviours
  3. How to run a design critique session
  4. Learn framing techniques and how they improve your design facilitation
  5. Facilitate team learning

This is for you if…

  • You have about 3-5 years in design facilitation by learning on-the-job and want more rigour in it.
  • You want to deepen your learning after covering the basic facilitation frameworks in Design Facilitation 1.
  • You want to better understand disruptive behaviours and effective strategies to address them.
  • You want to learn best practices in running design critiques.
  • You wish to practice your design facilitation skills in a safe and conducive learning environment.

About the Trainers

Lye Yen Kai


Yen Kai has more than 15 years of training and facilitating experience. He is a Certified Professional Facilitator with IAF, USA as well as a Certified Action Coach with WIAL, USA.

Over the years, he has applied his facilitation skills in a variety of settings, including Strategic Planning Workshops, Focus Group Discussions and Organisation Development work.

He has been collaborating with Khai Seng to integrate a specific field of facilitation known as Process Facilitation into the area of Design Thinking.

Hong Khai Seng


Khai Seng first started out in the design field in 2004. Throughout his career, he has not only helped to design large-scale digital systems, but also facilitated numerous training programmes for C-suite executives and working professionals to drive cultural change within organisations around design and innovation.

Prior to starting Studio Dojo, Khai Seng was formerly the Head of Singapore for Foolproof, a UK-based experience design agency. Education is also close to his heart, having developed curriculum and taught anthropological studies, interaction design, experience design and design thinking in Republic Polytechnic and Singapore Institute of Technology.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can non-designers join?
    Yes, anyone can join regardless of professional backgrounds. To get the most out of this workshop, we strongly encourage that you have some basic understanding of design thinking processes.
  • What’s the size of the workshop?
    We are planning for 20 participants.
  • Are there group discounts?
    If you are purchasing tickets to Design Facilitation 2 as a group, we will extend the early bird rates to the group.
  • I’m from a government agency, can you please submit an e-invoice instead?
    Yes, we can! Please contact with the necessary information.
  • Will this workshop be conducted in-person or online?
    The workshop will be conducted in-person with Safe Management Measures (SMMs) in place. Should we need to shift online, we will update all registered participants prior to the workshop day. Rest assured that we have run this workshop with great reviews whether in-person or online.

Training Advisory

Please do not attend the workshop if you are not feeling well.

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Date & Time
25 & 26 May 2023
Thursday & Friday
9AM to 5PM

Common Ground
21 Bedok North Street 1
Singapore 469659
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Full-day, In-person Workshop

Ticket Types
Early Bird: S$600
22 Mar (Wed) to 18 Apr (Tue) 23:59PM
Regular Price: S$750
19 Apr (Wed) – 17 May (Wed) 23:59PM


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21 Bedok North Street 1
Singapore 469659