I’ve been thinking about the quality of conversations for years now, what makes for a good one; what makes for one that’s meh.
The authors reminded me of a grand quote:
If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea — Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Quality conversations are at the heart of all learning so it makes sense to me to find and use techniques that improve conversations. I’m reading Liberating Structures right now to learn models of interaction that increase engagement and effectiveness of groups, ’cause groups are also at the heart of all learning, big, small, etc.
And since I believe that visuals enhance EVERY conversation, I’m thinking about what a visual version of each structure could look like.
Big thanks to Henri Lipmanowicz and Keith McCandless for providing great structures to liberate my own thinking and for the reminder that simple doesn’t mean rich. In fact, it’s the opposite.
Oh, and if you want to learn more before you buy the book, you can find out all about the structures here.