Lawrence Philbrook Lawrence PhilbrookCPF|E

Lawrence Philbrook CPF|E


Supporting individual and team transformation through facilitation and community building.

Background and Experience

Lawrence Philbrook (Larry) is one of the co-founders and core members of Open Quest Facilitation Technology and the current Director of ICA (The Institute of Cultural Affairs) Taiwan. His past service includes the Chair of ICA International. He is a certified ICA ToP Practitioner, Trainer and Assessor. He is also a Certified Professional Facilitator | Emeritus (CPF | E) certified by International Association of Facilitator (IAF). Larry is a well-known practitioner in the field. In 2015, he was selected into Hall of Fame by IAF. He has engaged in the field of Community Building before the field of Facilitation was named. He uses various format of participation to assist communication and organizational development.

Lawrence Philbrook has been designing processes for teams and leaders in varied cultural settings for over thirty years. Lawrence joined The Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) in 1972 and has worked outside the US since 1977 doing extensive company and community-based projects in over 30 nations. For the past 30 years he has been the director of ICA Taiwan while working across Asia.

After leaving the US, his first ten years focused on initiating effective development partnerships with rural communities in Africa and Asia. Beginning in 1985, Mr. Philbrook began facilitating private sector groups developing leadership and ongoing organizational change.

His key skill is in design and facilitation of processes which recover a sense of respect and trust as a basis for establishing organizations that can learn and change. His clients have included more than 50 multinational organizations as well as local companies and government organizations. Current clients are primarily in Greater China and Japan.

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  • Facilitator Training and Development
  • Leadership Mentoring
  • Community Development
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