Used properly, Playing Peacemaker can turn you into a facilitator (or turn you into a better one). What exactly is a facilitator?1 Put simply, the group’s job is to decide where they want or need to go; the facilitator’s job is to make it easier for the group to get there. Ironically, you mostly do this by throwing obstacles in their way. We separate this role into three stages: Instruction, Interaction, and Introspection.
Instruction (Or, Playing God2)
The participants will be doing their best to survive in the universe you create. You determine how an activity is structured, describe the rules, assign roles, identify challenges, and help the group reach its goals. In order to do this effectively, there are a number of things you need to keep in mind.