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It needs a network mindset to work the networked way – observations from a network in action

  Curtis Ogden blogged about Thinking like a network 2.0, providing a summary of his understanding “of what is new and different when we call something a network, as opposed to a coalition, collaborative or alliance”. That was in October 2017. I loved... Continue Reading →

The pyramid and the iceberg – two guiding metaphors for preparing a learning event

Recently, Doug Neil made a visual inquiry into his sketchnotes. He discovered an iceberg under the surface of each of his completed sketchnote. There is a lot going on before his sketchnotes go viral that is not visible: a lot... Continue Reading →

Options for reviewing workshop with participants

Picture: Workshop review with sticky dots How do you review a workshop with participants that goes beyond the ‘sticky dots’? Well, the sticky dots can be meaningful, it all depends (as always) on the context and the purpose. The question... Continue Reading →

Creating common ground – looking for agreement on how to work and learn together is essential

If you go on a climbing tour with friends, you will have to do some preparation. Within your group you will decide which route you will take, who takes the lead, and what weather conditions are acceptable. You will arrange... Continue Reading →

Serendipitous online conversation on Zoom – an experience

Johnny Moore has written a lovely blog post reflecting on four years of hosting unhurried conversations. You'll find it here. Inspired and encouraged by Johnny’s invitation (see here) and jointly with Corinne Sprecher I have initiated an online Serendipity Circle. Driven... Continue Reading →

Inspiration from human-centred design for workshop design

Lately, I am digging my nose into human-centred design. I found confirmation for many aspects important in preparing a workshop. My dive into human-centred design was refreshing. When I see myself as designer, the workshop becomes a beautiful design product,... Continue Reading →

The curious facilitator staying calm

Even though facilitators should always be prepared for their gigs, they have to be comfortable with improvisation. Just like jazz musicians, facilitators know their tunes and their melodies by heart but they also know how to recompose and reorganize them... Continue Reading →

The beauty of group discussions – always more than “add-ons”

Last spring someone involved in the preparatory group of a learning event told me in earnest: "Group discussions are an add-on." I couldn't believe my ears. "What, an add-on?" I thought. This person gave expert presentations more value than group... Continue Reading →

11 questions to verify your workshop planning process

“Do you have a checklist for preparing and designing workshops?” is a question I am often asked. I have no checklists. I use visual planning maps and above all I have many questions. I promised myself to never stop asking... Continue Reading →

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