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01/27/2016
Gordon Eby

facilitating breakout facilitation small group discussion work session

Facilitating a breakout group - or small group dialogue/work session - is an awesome opportunity. A productive breakout session can help develop creative ideas and a clear path forward. If successful, the experience can get...

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12/07/2015
Kris Henry

holiday group collaborative giving
A pair of gloves. A toy guitar. Passes to the science museum. These are just a few of the things on the holiday wish list provided to me by REACH, a Waltham, MA-based organization that serves survivors of domestic violence. For the third consecutive year, my...

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05/20/2015
Jennifer Rutley


We are in the business of helping organizations facilitate conversations so they can come together, think better, and move forward. Sometimes we facilitate conversations that all parties are eager to engage in; other times it’s not so easy.

Difficult conversation...

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03/09/2013
Gordon Eby

I was recently helping a colleague think through a collaborative workshop design and was introduced to the idea of the six-word memoir. According to SMITH Magazine, Earnest Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in six words. His response was: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Brilliant.

My colleague Kristen proposed to use a six-...

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11/16/2012
Mason Smith

We let our guard down during this Friday’s Transcribe and discussed what we fear as facilitators of change. Though each member of our team has varying degrees of experience as a facilitator, we found many shared fears and effective practices to overcome them.

The most common fear was that as consultants partnering with subject matter experts to solve complex business challenges, we may not share an equal level of understanding of the content being...

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