How To Use Metaphor To Speed Up Communication

How can you use metaphor to speed up communication? It can be as simple as asking the Clean language question, “… and that’s like… what?” I’m so immersed in working with metaphor that I sometimes forget how powerful it can be. Iain McGilchrist calls it “the money of thought,” Stephen Pinker “the stuff of thought,” i…

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What Is An Online Unconference? Join In To Find Out

What is an online unconference? A really excellent idea! A brilliant way to spend a day with collaborators all over the world, without leaving your home. And a way to get a lot of stuff done, quickly and efficiently. But what is an online unconference? An unconference is a participant-driven conference, usually facilitated using Open…

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How To Promote Dialogue On Social Media

What’s the best way to promote dialogue on social media? It’s a question I’ve come up against in two separate “lively threads” this week. I really don’t like online debates. I know some people really enjoy them, but that’s not me. If I see two sides of a conversation squaring up, I usually disengage and take…

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Building Open Space Online

What needs to happen for 150 non-techie facilitators to connect for an unconference, entirely online? Metaphorum 2016 was probably the first event of its kind ever held. For 12 hours on 9 September, dozens of enthusiasts for the facilitation and coaching methodology Clean Language connected live online. On the fly, they suggested topics, rounded up…

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How To Choose Remote Working Technology For Your Team

How should you choose the technology to help your geographically-dispersed team work better together? This interesting question was highlighted by one of the participants at Mark Kilby’s Audacious Salon at Agile 2016 yesterday. I was attending remotely, from my home office in London, via a sub-optimal video-link, and didn’t catch the guy’s name. But he was wondering why nobody’s…

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