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Engage Everyone Simultaneously in Generating Questions, Ideas, and Suggestions (12 min.)

What is made possible?

You can immediately include everyone regardless of how large the group is. You can generate better ideas and more of them faster than ever before. You can tap the know-how and imagination that is distributed widely in places not known in advance. Open, generative conversation unfolds. Ideas and solutions are sifted in rapid fashion. Most importantly, participants own the ideas, so follow-up and implementation is simplified. No buy-in strategies needed! Simple and elegant!

Sequence of Steps and Time Allocation

  • Silent self-reflection by individuals on a shared challenge, framed as a question (e.g., What opportunities do YOU see for making progress on this challenge? How would you handle this situation? What ideas or actions do you recommend?) 1 min.
  • Generate ideas in pairs, building on ideas from self-reflection. 2 min.
  • Share and develop ideas from your pair in foursomes (notice similarities and differences). 4 min.
  • Ask, “What is one idea that stood out in your conversation?” Each group shares one important idea with all (repeat cycle as needed). 5 min. 

WHY? Purposes

  • Engage every individual in searching for answers
  • Avoid overhelping and the overcontrol-dependency vicious cycle
  • Create safe spaces for expression, diminish power differentials
  • Express “silent” conversations and expand diversity of inputs
  • Enrich quality of observations and insights before expression
  • Build naturally toward consensus or shared understanding