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Define conversation spaces and shift the focus from content to purpose, people and process

How do you design a workshop that is flowing naturally and invites for collaboration, conversation and learning? After an experience with a network gathering that I am supporting and facilitating, I would say start with defining conversation spaces. In my... Continue Reading →

Liberating Structures – what’s that?

Liberating Structures is a funny term. At least that is the reaction I get when I am telling about my Liberating Structures workshops. It seems that the term is not easily accessible outside of the Liberating Structures community. I often... Continue Reading →

People first, movement and joint inquiry – an after reflection from the Liberating Structures social immersion workshop in The Hague

In December 2018, I was co-facilitating a Liberating Structures social immersion workshop jointly with Anna Jackson, Qua Fisher, Ewen Le Borgne and Cristina Temmink in The Hague. Our workshop was one in a whole series of the Eurotour Anna and Fisher undertook... Continue Reading →

Activating many brains – a personal after reflection

Starting a learning event with a series of input and speeches is no Big Bang It is talking over the heads of many By a few It is a statement about who is knowledgeable It is the message ‘we have... Continue Reading →

In which workshop mindset are you?

These drawings represent some typical situations in learning events. Which of the three situations do you prefer: A, B or C? In his blog post What sort of network is your meeting? Johnnie Moore compared these three workshop situations with... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

Beyond input + Q&A – or how to design workshops the flipped way

Workshop time is precious time, let's spend it wisely. I sometimes wonder why there are still workshops and seminars in the format 'input + Q&A + discussion'? Do we lack imagination to do things differently? Or is it a question... Continue Reading →

Facilitation tip 4 : Engage all participants and make it playful

Take a moment and think back to a last conversation you had. Why did you engage? Did you care about the topic? Is it your cause? Did you have something to contribute? Did you care about the people? Were you interested... Continue Reading →

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