Our passion     |     Values     |     Core team     |     IIFAC Mexico     |     International Network of Colleagues     |     Clients

Our Passion

Bea FacilitationgSince IIFAC was founded in 2002, we have been passionate about facilitating change-oriented groups. We believe that people working together are smarter and more powerful and smarter than any of them alone and that the decisions they make as a group can bring about amazing, positive change.

Our job is to help these groups find new pathways to communicate with each other and the communities they serve, to become both more disciplined and more creative in the ways they work and to make decisions that they are prepared to implement.

This passion has taken us to forty countries in every continent except Oceania (where we still hope to go someday!) We have worked in English, Spanish and Portuguese, facilitating in settings ranging from formal meeting rooms to teepees on the beach. Our clients have included government agencies, for profit corporations and especially groups in the social sector. This last category includes international donor agencies, United Nations’ organizations, not for profits large and small and groups that while not formally constituted, have a burning mission. Every one of them has strengthened our faith in the human capacity to collaborate for a better future.

The values that guide our work

About IIFACRespect people and the Earth
We treat everyone with dignity and compassion. We commit to protecting and restoring the Earth’s ecosystems and minimizing the environmental impact caused by our work.

Share knowledge
We are generous with what we have learned, passing on information and inspiration through teaching, publishing and mentoring of new colleagues.

Keep learning and experimenting
We do not settle for yesterday’s solutions to today’s problems. We innovate and strive to constantly improve our systems and services.

Public ParticipationFocus on our clients’ needs
We listen carefully to our clients’ problems and aspirations and do not propose solutions until we have a thorough grasp of which of our services can be of real help.

Aim for excellence
We set high standards in all we do, renouncing mediocrity and always seeking to exceed expectations.

Be accountable for our actions
We “own” what we say and do. We regularly give and receive feedback and create systems to monitor and evaluate our results.

We also subscribe to the code of ethics and values of these professional organizations:


Core Team

Beatrice Briggs

Beatrice Briggs

Founder and Director

Beatrice began facilitating groups and training in consensus processes in the early 1990?s in Chicago. She first came to Mexico in 1995 to consult on the organization of an international gathering of ecological activists. Three years later, she moved to Mexico, where she lives in the ecovillage Huehuecoyotl in the mountains outside of Tepoztlán, Morelos.

Beatrice’s international perspective has its roots in her experience as a student at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Her ability to understand and respect other cultures was further nurtured by her graduate studies in the history of religions at the University of Chicago.

She is recognized as a Certified Professional Facilitator by the International Association of Facilitators.

Clients appreciate her ability to grasp their issues and propose solutions that are both innovative and practical. Colleagues admire her generosity in sharing ideas and experiences. Participants in the groups she facilitates are impressed by her patience and good humor – and inspired by her commitment to creating space for everyone to be heard.

Beatrice unwinds from her demanding travel and work schedule by reading mystery novels, doing the New York Times crossword puzzle, and visiting her two daughters, grandchildren and other family members in the U.S.

Contact bbriggs@iifac.org

Ana Rubio

Ana Rubio

Representative for Latin America

Ana has been a professional facilitator since 2002, leading participatory processes with a distinctive combination of fearlessness and human warmth. She has confronted conflict, encouraged multi-sector dialogue and helped groups reach agreement on complex issues, producing results that often exceed the expectations of all concerned. Her clients range from international donor agencies and government ministries to private sector businesses and labor organizations, as well as national and international initiatives in the social sector. Ana’s expertise includes training facilitators in Latin America and Portuguese-speaking Africa. She has assisted Beatrice Briggs in the design and continual improvement of the professional development programs offered by IIFAC.

Originally trained in the field of human behavior, Ana finds that facilitation of participatory processes can stimulate a coherent blend of “being” and “doing”. She is also passionate about consensus decision making, the methodological foundation that underlies her work with groups.

Contact: arubio@iifac.org

IIFAC Mexico

Laura Kuri

Laura Kuri

Group facilitator, environmental leader and agent for change

Laura has 20 years experience working with environmentalist groups. Since 1985 her leadership, organizing capacity, and her passion for a sustainable world have been engaged in civil society organizations such as:

  • Bioregional Movement in Mexico and Latin America (co-founder)
  • Red de Ecoaldeas Mesoamericanas (REM) (Mesoamerican Ecovillage Network) (focalizer)
  • Ecovillage Network of the Americas (focalizer)
  • Equipo de Promotoras Ambientales de Tejalpa (EPAT) Team of Environmentalist Promoters of Tejalpa (advisor)
  • Ayotl A.C. (founder)
  • Educational Project “Ecohábitat” (focalizer)
  • National and international environmentalist networks, including “Consejo de Visiones Guardianes de la Tierra” (Council of Visions Guardians of the Earth) and “Red Morelense de Justicia Ambiental” (State of Morelos Network for Environmental Justice) (coordinator and facilitator)

She currently collaborates with Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes A.C. where she coordinates the “ArtBoretum” artistic-environmental project, a center for theatrical artistic creation and environmental protection in Ocuílan de Arteaga, State of Mexico.

She has been associated with Ashoka (a global network of entrepreneurial students and community leaders) since 2001.

Lives in Mexico City, Mexico
Languages: Spanish (native), English, and Italian.
Contact: lkuri@iifac.org

Allan Rhodes Espinoza

Allan Rhodes Espinoza

Entrepreneur, consultant, and facilitator

Allan is an experienced facilitator in effective meetings, strategic planning, and decision-making with diverse participants. He has collaborated in the facilitation of processes inside and around protected natural areas, with local populations, rural businessmen, and government officials.

His experience as a facilitator started in high-school and college, where he was constantly involved in student associations and the Model United Nations. In the work arena, his leadership roles in the development of NGOs and micro-businesses have strengthened his leader-facilitator competencies.

Allan’s clients recognize his professional attitude at work. They appreciate that processes, from hiring to completing a project, are extremely effective and punctual. They appreciate the constant, open communication that allows for co-designing the facilitation process.

Allan enjoys traveling constantly to new places and learning about the world we inhabit together with his children.

Lives in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico
Languages: Spanish (native), English
Contact: arhodes@iifac.org


Instituto de Facilitación y Cambio – Europa (IIFAC-e)

IIFACe is a group of professionals who work as guides for a process to create a balance between participation and results. They work as facilitators of consensus decision-making, group process and the human being in all areas and needs.

To address the different aspects of group processes, they use different techniques and methodologies, which they also apply to the group itself. So, they are a group learning and constant innovation.


International Network of Colleagues

We are blessed to know outstanding facilitators all over the world. We work with them whenever we can and love to recommend them to others. If you are looking for a facilitator, let us know and we will try to connect you with the perfect fit. Also consult the listings on the website of the International Association of Facilitators.


IIFAC Clients

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  • Facultad Latinoamericana de ciencias sociales (FLASCO)
  • Incorporación de TICs en el sitema de salud
  • Outcome Mapping
  • Centro Internacional para la Investigación del Desarrollo
  • Consensus training- Bariloche
  • Eco aldea Gaia
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  • Universidad Técnico Particular de Loja
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
  • UN Volunteers
  • Women Leaders Peace Village (USAID)
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  • Consensus training
  • Red de Cooperación Sur-Sur
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  • Asamblea Legislativa de Santa Catarina
  • Asamblea Legislativa de Santa Catarina – Florianópolis
  • Prefectura de Criciuma
  • Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo y Fondo Multilateral de inversión
  • Terra Mirin
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  • Edmonton City airport project
  • OM training (IDRC)
  • Centro Internacional para la Investigación del Desarrollo
  • OM training (IDRC)
flag jamaicaJAMAICA
flag kenyaKENYA
  • Centro Internacional de Agriclutura Tropical (CIAT)
flag lebanonLEBANON
  • Outcome Mapping Lab
flag mozambiqueMOZAMBIQUE
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

flag mexicoMEXICO

  • Centro de Ciencias de la Complejidad (UNAM)
  • Centro de Investigaciones en Ecosistemas del a UNAM
  • Universidad Intercultural Maya de Quintana Roo
  • Universidad Autónoma de Queretaro
  • Centro para la Educación Mundial en América Latina (CEMAL)
  • Mexican Institute for Water Technology
  • Instituto Mexicano de Tecnología del Agua (Cuernavaca)
  • Dirección Ejecutiva de Fomento y Participación Ciudadana del Consejo Estatal Electoral y de Participación Ciudadana del estado de Sonora (DEFPC)
  • Centro de Investigación en Geografía y Geomática (Centrogeo)
  • Sub-secretaría de Planeación, Desarrollo Sustentable (Morelos)
  • Comité de planeación para el Desarrollo del Estado de Baja Californa (COPLADE)
  • Foro de residuos sólidos
  • Comisión Nacional Forestal (Conafor)

  • Consejo Ciudadano de la Comisión Estatal de Derechos Humanos, Jalisco
  • Secretaría de medio ambiente y areas naturales (SEMARNAT) Unidad Coordinadora de Participación social/NGO y Transparencia
  • SEMARNAT – Jalisco
  • Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE)
  • Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP)
  • Jóvenes con Rumbo (USAID)
  • Fondo Unido México
  • Plataforma Metropolitana para la Sustentabilidad (Jalisco)
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Alternativas y Capacidades
  • Amistad Britanica-Mexicana
  • Fundación Comunidad (Morelos)
  • Actívate x Puebla
  • Centro Cívico de Colaboración
  • Comunicación, Intercambio y Derechos Humanos en Amésica Latina (CIDHAL)
  • Pronatura, AC
  • “Centro Nacional de Equidad de Género y Salud Reproductiva”
  • Conselva, AC (Sinaloa)

  • Fundación Tichi Muñoz (Sonora)
  • Movimiento “Cambiando el Sueño” en México
  • UN Population fund
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Abt Associates
  • UNAids
  • Centro de los Derechos del Migrante
  • Colectiva Ecologista Jalisco
  • Development Universities: A Changing Role for Universities in the South (IDRC)
  • Foro Internacional de Eco Salud (IDRC)
  • Caminando Unidos
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • International Forum for Rural Transportation and Development
  • Trust for the Americas
  • INNOVA Mexico
  • Fundacion Kelloggs
  • Forum on Women and Population Policies (Equidad y Género)

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  • HIV del Banco Mundial
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
  • Centro de Estudios Aplicados a los Derechos Económicos, social/NGOes y Culturales (CEADESC)
  • Centro de Estudios Aplicados a los Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales (CEADESC)
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  • Ecovillage Torri Superiore
flag nicaraquaNICARAGUA
  • Kepa – Nicnaragua
  • E-Health Lessons Learned (IDRC)
flag paraguayPARAGUAY
  • Centro de Análisis y Difusión de la Economía Paraguaya (CADEP)
  • Centro Internacional para la Investigación del Desarrollo “Plan Paraguay”
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  • Think Tank Initiative
  • DH Facilitadores
  • Fondo Internacional para el Desarrollo Agrícola
  • Centro Internacional para la Investigación del Desarrollo
  • Global Ecovillage Network
  • Instituto de Educación y Salud
  • Red de ecoaldeas de las Américas (ENA)
flag moroccoMOROCCO
  • Project ACCMA (adaptación al cambio climático)

flag chinaCHINA
  • International Forum for Rural Transportation and Development
  • Caribbean Open Institute
  • Caribbean ICT Stakeholders Virtual Community (CIVIC)
flag hondurasHONDURAS
  • Asociación Nacional para el Fomento de la Agricultura Ecológica (ANAFAE)
flag polandPOLAND
  • Global Ecovillage Network
flag puerto ricoPUERTO RICO
  • Cooperativa Orgánica “Madre Tierra”
flag spainSPAIN
  • Colegio de abogados
  • Toma de decisiones – Lakabe
  • Comunidad – Malaga
  • Ecovillage Artocilla
flag sri lankaSRI LANKA
  • OM training (IDRC)

flag el salvadorEL SALVADOR
  • Fundación REDES
flag guatemalaGUATEMALA
  • Long Way Home
  • Centro de Comunicación para el Desarrollo y La Universidad Rafael Landívar
flag indonesiaINDONESIA
  • International Forum for Rural Transportation and Development
  • Enhancing Nurses’ Access for Care, Quality, and Knowledge through Technology (ENACQKT) IDRC
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  • POETA stakeholders meeting
  • Enhancing Nurses’ Access for Care, Quality, and Knowledge through Technology (ENACQKT) IDRC
flag surinameSURINAME
  • UN Staff College
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  • UNAids

flag uruguayURUGUAY

  • Centro Latinoamericanco de Economía Humana (CLAEH)
  • Centro de Gestión Tecnológica (CEGETEC, LATU)
  • Logística y Transporte, Que-sería Artesanal y Ciencias de la vida
  • PACPYMES del Ministerio de Industria, Energía y Minería – Unión Europea
  • Administración Nacional de Educación Pública
  • Fora Nacional de la de la Biotecnologia a la Bio Economía
  • Institución Nacional de Derechos Humanos y Defensaoría del Pueblo (INDDHH)
  • Instituto Nacional de Investigación Agropecuaría (INIA)
  • Agencia Uruguaya de Cooperación Internacional (AUCI)
  • Grupo de los 30 – Quesería Artesanal
  • Instituto Nacional de Investigación Agropecuaría (INIA)
  • Orgnización del destino Turistico – Rocha
  • Programa Uruguay Clasifica
  • RED de Gestión Humana de las Intendências del Uruguay
  • Ministerio de Ganadería, Agricultura y Pesca
  • Consejo Sectorial de Biotecnología
  • Corporación Rochense de Turismo
  • Ministerio de Industria, Energía y Minería (MIEM) -Dirección nacional de artesanías, pequeñas y medianas empresas ( DINAPYME)
  • Ministerio de Desarrollo Social (MIDES) – Dirección Nacional de Políticas Sociales (DNPS)
  • Ministerio de Desarrollo Social (MIDES)-FOCEM,

  • FOCEM del Programa Uruguay Clasifica, del Ministerio de Desarrollo Social
  • Ministerio de Ganadería, Agricultura y Pesca (MGAP)
  • Dirección Nacional de RecursosNaturales (DINARA)
  • Montevideo y 6 departamentos de Uruguay
  • PACPYMES – Instituto Pasteur
  • PACPYMES (MIEM-UE) Colonia
  • PACPYMES (MIEM-UE) Montevideo
  • PACPYMES (MIEM-UE) Piriápolis, Maldonado
  • PACPYMES (MIEM-UE) Punta del Diablo , Rocha
  • PACPYMES (MIEM-UE), Montevideo
  • Mesa de Queso Artesanal
  • Instituto del Banco Mundial
  • Consejo Nacional de Biotecnologia
  • Cooperativas Agrarias Federadas
  • Hotel 4 Points by Sheraton
  • Seminario Internacional Emprendedor

  • Red de Propiedad Intelectual
  • Consejo Sectorial de Biotecnología
  • Red Emprender
  • Instituciones Colaboradoras del Programa Emprender
  • Programa Emprender (BID – LATU – CND)
  • Centro de Atención a la Infancia y la Familia – Los Sabalitos
  • Centro de Educación Inicial Borocotó
  • Jardín de Infantes Arroz con Leche
  • Asociación Uruguaya de Bío Tecnología (AUDEBIO)
  • Cooperativas Agrarias Federadas (CAF)
  • Organización para la conservación de los Cetéceos (OCC)
  • Centro de Formación para la Integración Regional (CEFIR)
  • Cooperativas Agrarias Federadas (CAF)
  • HIV Banco Mundial
  • Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agriculutra (FAO) – oficina regional
  • Plataforma Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, Democracia y Desarrollo
  • ICA Partners Plenary Meeting (IDRC)
  • Outcome Mapping (Centro Internacional para la Investigación del Desarrollo IDRC)
  • Red de Vigilancia Tecnológica DNPI, UDelaR, PTP
  • Fundación Evolución
  • Grupo de los 30
  • La Casa de la Mujer y la radio comunitaria de Villa García Km. 19
  • Centro Internacional para la Investigación del Desarrollo

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  • International Forum for Rural Transportation and Development
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  • Global Ecovillage Network
  • Nanotechnology conference
  • Sunward Cohousing
  • Global Ecovillage Network
  • Green Party National Convention

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