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Think Alone, Think Together: How to banish Groupthink and facilitate creative conversations
A Guide to Facilitating Creative Conversations
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https://www.facebook.com/theconversationfactory/videos/1790083804628774/
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What is a Creative Conversation? Ebb and Flow, Engagement and Surprise
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Do you Need to create something New?
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The need for shaping conversations to be more creative: Business as usual isn't enough.
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Facilitation is guiding conversations down a "happy path" that works for all the people involved.
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How do Creative Conversations Get blocked, stuck or dead on arrival?
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First speaker syndrome: Whoever speaks first sets the tone.
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Wrong room syndrome: Solving the wrong problem, asking the wrong question.
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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
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Thinking along before Thinking together can help
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think alone before thinking together (TABTT) works to resolve first speaker syndrome
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TABTT can help you make sure we all see the problem in a shared way
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TABTT can break up the patterns of a group dialouge and move towards closure.
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What type of Conversations? A Conversation Matrix
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Big/Small, Internal/External
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Strategy Day, Team Retro, One-on-one, Workshop with Stakeholders, Community Co-Creation, Conferences, Seminars
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TOOL: Creative Conversation Matrix
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Entice
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Digging into #fakemeetings
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Don't invite people into your challenge if you don't plan to be suprised
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Responsiveness to the creative conversation isn't binary: it's the IAP2 spectrum. Be clear and specific about your intentions in the invite
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The more power you give away, the more durable the outcome can be
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The Shape of Creative Conversations
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Why we meet: To Open, Explore and Close
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We come together, we talk. And....if we're lucky, we leave with something better than we came in with.
Open, Explore, Close
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We open with a question, explore it together, and close on a decision or action.
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Normal Conversation Modes
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Turn Taking, Threading, Repair
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Popcorn, Round-Robin
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Breaking the Patterns
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Think, Pair, Share
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Power and Permission: Who's Authorized?
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Are you allowed to lead? If yes, awesome. If no, you can still use everything in this book
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Manipulation vs asking permission
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Molding the Shape of Creative Conversations
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Managing energy: Pushing the open wider, Keeping the explore from closing early.
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Wider Open means more ideas on the table
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Exploring longer gives ideas time to evolve
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Dividing time up in a meaningful way
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Narrative Structures for Creative Conversations
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Dividing time up in a meaningful way, connecting to a visual agenda, giving logic to structure
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Open, Explore, Close
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The Heros Journey
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The Human Framework: Body, Mind, Spirit
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The Four Seasons Wheel
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The Double Diamond
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The 5Es of Experience Design
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Design Thinking Models
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Drexler/Sibbet Process Model
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The Conversation Design Pyramid
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Implicit vs Explicit Conversation Frameworks
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