A little help from our friends…
During a leadership retreat a few years back, there were a dozen or so of us sitting in a circle with a very large bowl of fruit in the centre. We were asked to describe what we saw from where we were sitting. As we moved around the room, it quickly became clear that each of us had a different vantage point to describing the contents of the bowl. Some views overlapped but I could not see the jack fruit or the lychees while my view included the papaya, grapes, a sliver of apple and the top of a banana. Together we identified all of the bowl’s contents. Had this experience been a solo adventure, there would have most certainly been missing pieces.
That ‘takeaway’ has stayed with me ever since. In the age of finding any answer in a few key strokes, we quickly learn that there are multiple answers for our questions. It is my feeling that we are in the most collaborative time of our history. Knowledge is certainly power but so often we don’t have the ‘entire picture’. The impact of the internet and the collaborative means of the content have most certainly not yet reached their potential which is very exciting.
As many of you know, I love anything related to the TED conferences. A few days ago the organization gave away the first $1 million dollar TED prize. In order to win, the recipient must be working on an idea to ‘spark’ world change. The money is then invested into their wish for the world. Sugata Mitra, an educational researcher, has been fascinated with how children learn and teach themselves. Here is the link to what contains a kernel of inspiration to all of us who work on educational streams for conferences. It is a most interesting collaborative project to learn about how we learn.
Collaboration and working together to bring about the answers is the foundation of our world of meetings. The work that we do everyday engages many stakeholders to come together for an advantageous result. Ms. Brown, my kindergarten teacher would be proud to know that I still enjoy playing well with others.
Heads in Beds, written by Jacob Tomsky is an interesting read. I just finished the book and appreciated an honest account of what it is like on his side of the front desk. Would love to hear your thoughts! email@example.com