Think Alone, Think Together: How to banish Groupthink and facilitate creative conversations
A Guide to Facilitating Creative Conversations
What is a Creative Conversation? Ebb and Flow, Engagement and Surprise
Do you Need to create something New?
The need for shaping conversations to be more creative: Business as usual isn't enough.
Facilitation is guiding conversations down a "happy path" that works for all the people involved.
How do Creative Conversations Get blocked, stuck or dead on arrival?
First speaker syndrome: Whoever speaks first sets the tone.
Wrong room syndrome: Solving the wrong problem, asking the wrong question.
The plane can never land: We get locked into patterns and can't budge.
"they run out of gas, the plane can neve land" - They Might be Giants, A shoehorn with teeth
Thinking along before Thinking together can help
think alone before thinking together (TABTT) works to resolve first speaker syndrome
TABTT can help you make sure we all see the problem in a shared way
TABTT can break up the patterns of a group dialouge and move towards closure.
What type of Conversations? A Conversation Matrix
Strategy Day, Team Retro, One-on-one, Workshop with Stakeholders, Community Co-Creation, Conferences, Seminars
TOOL: Creative Conversation Matrix
Digging into #fakemeetings
Don't invite people into your challenge if you don't plan to be suprised
Responsiveness to the creative conversation isn't binary: it's the IAP2 spectrum. Be clear and specific about your intentions in the invite
The more power you give away, the more durable the outcome can be
The Shape of Creative Conversations
Why we meet: To Open, Explore and Close
We come together, we talk. And....if we're lucky, we leave with something better than we came in with.
Open, Explore, Close
We open with a question, explore it together, and close on a decision or action.
Normal Conversation Modes
Turn Taking, Threading, Repair
Breaking the Patterns
Think, Pair, Share
Power and Permission: Who's Authorized?
Are you allowed to lead? If yes, awesome. If no, you can still use everything in this book
Manipulation vs asking permission
Molding the Shape of Creative Conversations
Managing energy: Pushing the open wider, Keeping the explore from closing early.
Wider Open means more ideas on the table
Exploring longer gives ideas time to evolve
Dividing time up in a meaningful way
Narrative Structures for Creative Conversations
Dividing time up in a meaningful way, connecting to a visual agenda, giving logic to structure
Open, Explore, Close
The Heros Journey
The Human Framework: Body, Mind, Spirit
The Four Seasons Wheel
The Double Diamond
The 5Es of Experience Design
Design Thinking Models
Drexler/Sibbet Process Model
The Conversation Design Pyramid
Implicit vs Explicit Conversation Frameworks