Just an update on workshops I’m playing with at the moment…
I’ve been co-creating this with my friend Viv. We tried it out in raw form in Melbourne and then ran it with 25 or so enthusiastic people in Sydney earlier this month. (Kudos to Matt for organising it brilliantly.) It explores a few ideas around creativity challenging the reverence for big ideas in favour of finding delight in the “smaller” details that make up the human experience.
It builds on the thinking in the “Notice More Change Less” days I ran last year with Kay Scorah and mixes some chunks of content (eg Dave Snowden’s thinking around complexity and Keith Sawyer’s terrific research on group creativity) with exercises drawn from improv, and some simple but fascinating awareness exercises.
I really like the way this one has worked so far. Plans are afoot to offer it in Copenhagen and London at some point over the next few months, probably in a two-day format.
I’ve been thinking a lot about difficult conversations. The ones we dread holding. The price we pay for avoiding them. And the unfortunate consequences of overthinking them. (See this post for one of my favourite stories on that point.)
I’m thinking of offering a workshop with this theme over the summer, probably somewhere nice in Oxford or Cambridge with an overnight stay. It most certainly will not be offering a simplistic, “seven steps” “solution” to the issue, but a real opportunity for participants to explore their own challenging conversations and experiment with new ways of having them.