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How to have better meetings – Sam Bradd’s 2018 round-up…

We are lucky to have Sam Bradd among us here on the coast.  He sets the bar for those who work in alternative, serious ways, and is a tireless, compassionate, generative friend and colleague to a whole community.   After years of wanting to, I finally got a chance to work with him, as I facilitated a small group in planning and he handled the graphics…  it was one of the best dances I’ve been part of.  I’ll post the graphics one day.  He’s one of the people I could work with all the time.  Sam has collected a host of great graphic recorders and facilitators and you can see his work and meet them on his site, Drawing Change.  

For the last couple of years, Sam has put together really fun and interesting collections of ideas from his network of facilitators and graphic process workers (including me).  This year’s prompt was “In 2019, we wish more meetings would…”   Click the image below to see some great ideas.  Can you guess which one is mine from the graphic?  Do you have other ideas about how to have better meetings?  What might a better meeting look like for you?

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#clmooc Learning and Gaming Cycle 3

The stone game is a great way to communicate with teenagers :) (given that it involves listening!)

The stone game is a great way to communicate with teenagers 🙂 (given that it involves listening!)

Many good conversations and makings during this third cycle of #clmooc.   It got me thinking about the stone game, and then I remembered this video I made.  This was one of the first gigs* that I had, in which I was graphically recording what was happening in the room and, in this case, online as the facilitator was on an island across the strait, leading the group in a conversation that began with “the stone game.”  I had just taken some basic training in graphic recording and my only rule was that I wouldn’t say “no” – a game I play with myself when I’m entering new territory as I know it is my tendency to want to say no and think I can’t do things.

From afar, David had given each participants a pile of stones and then used them to negotiate a conversation, with them paying attention to their dynamics.  This led them to a very fruitful conversation about their goals and how they were moving forward together.  One of the most brilliant pieces of facilitation I’ve seen and transformational for me…

It began a long lovely recipricol relationship for me with the Family Support Institute of B.C. (I volunteer as much as I can with them and they let me get experimental), was the first of many many graphic recording and facilitation gigs, started us working for a couple of years on projects with David Wetherow, one of my heros who I never expected to work with and a fascination with the stone game, which I’ve used with smaller groups as a facilitation tool.

*While I am now a bit embarrassed by the quality of the graphic recording, it is still one of my favourite sessions and videos.  The distance between what I wanted to do and what I could do compelled me to go learn more 🙂

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