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At 8:21am on September 27, 2009, ank said…
Dear Juanita

I have been a big fan of you ideas on what makes a good question.. and at Synthetron, we actually build you into our sanity check on a discussion scripts! Thank

So I' am glad that I can share back some of our findings.. to you here

I will invite you for some of our open Thinking Tank discussions to experience a Synthetron online discussion.

Maybe one of the most important learning’s I can share to you is related to the fact that Synthetron discussions are anonymous.. creating a safe discussion space for all participants. We find that in such settings a (big) groups of people can deeply discuss ideas ( share, react, think together and collaboratively filter relevant ideas), without having built personal relationships.. thinking relationships seem to be sufficient. Anonymity, does allow to do away with what we call “veils” over the communication: those friction points that will distort the communication. This we have seen with groups with a common interest in the topic, but different cohesion factors : from employees of the same department to a groups of strangers, citizens, customers, experts. Obviously there still must be recognition , a clear feeling of purpose with transparent visibility of the end result.

The other one learning is that online you can obtain significant productivity gains: In Synthetron peer setting all participants are engaged in sharing and validating ideas in parallel and hence obtain enormous amounts of base ideas (typically for 100 participants in 1 hour 1000 to 1500 ideas are shared and 100 to 200 ideas do become a synthetron out of which typically 10% are high synthetrons )

Thirdly is that with a collaborative validation process, as we developed in Synthetron, a groups is able to filter out the collaborative highest insights (with different support levels).. and is not falling in the trap of lowest common denominator. Here there is an important condition the group needs to not have what we call fundamental breaking lines (lack of competence or lack of experience on the topic). In simple words if you discuss the cleanness of the bathrooms on the third floor with people of second and third floor.. you can only expect generalities.. but few specific outcomes (because the second floor has a lack of experience)

And Fourthly- you’ll not be surprised : moderating well: asking the right questions is even more important online then in life meetings: with no body language to sense you need to correct.. you can lose easily valuable minutes with hundreds of people online around an unclear or wrongly phrased question.

Hope this is a bit what you were looking for

At 1:21pm on September 22, 2009, Zulma Sofia Patarroyo said…
Que alegria conectarme contigo. Siempre que facilito un world cafe digo en silencio "gracias juanita" ;-)

Conoci acerca del world cafe a traves de Finn Voldtofte en Dinamarca durante mis estudios en kaospilot.

Ahora trabajo como "creative facilitator" en inglaterra, y parte de mi trabajo es en visual recording and visual facilitation, utilizando tanto plantillas (al estilo Grove) como visual recording durante reuniones y eventos. El sitio donde trabajo esta muy orientado a la tecnologia, entonces ultimamente la mayoria de mi trabajo de documentacion visual lo hago de manera digital directamente. Aqui he trabajado para clientes como el NHS (National Health Service) y la policia de Liverpool para dar un par de ejemplos.

He hecho algunos proyectos de facilitación en colombia, en este momento estoy trabajando en un proyecto muy lindo con llevo 9 años viviendo por fuera y tengo planeado regresar para radicarme alla en un año o antes si se presenta la oportunidad.

No conozco a Juan Carlos, pero cualquier oportunidad de trabajar en Colombia la recibo con el mayor entusiasmo.

Tienes (tu o Juan Carlos) alguna idea en concreto?

Un gran abrazo!
At 6:35am on September 22, 2009, Libia Berbesi said…
Hola Juanita, que gusto intercambiar contigo. Conoci a Carlos Mota en Caracas, yo soy Directora de la Comunidad de Coaching profesional en Venezuela, nos vimos también en el Congreso Iberoamericano de Coaching en Argentina. Desde que conocimos a Carlos, estamos siguiendo el movimiento y usamos la dinámica en varias actividades, en FUNDES (organización con la que trabajo) y en una iniciativa llamada Diálogos de Emprendimiento e Innovación, junto a Esteban Reyes.
At 4:13am on September 21, 2009, Doug Oloughlin said…
Hola Juanita, thanks...until next time, BE well and enJOY, Doug
At 1:23am on September 19, 2009, Doug Oloughlin said…
hi Juanita,
good to be connected, and apolgies for the delayed reply.
i almost enrolled in fielding a few times, but wanted to stay local...but am doing my Phd at Assumption University in Bangkok...a lot easier and i also get to lecture in the Masters in OD.
yes, Chaiwat is indeed a wonderful being....him and i have met a few times and it certaoinly is time to meet again....I am in singapore for a few weeks so will see if we can get together when i am there.
sheila and i meet on email once in a while, but she is mostly in botswana these days...there are a few things happening here before the end of the year, so may see her when she is back here.
love to you and david, doug
At 1:01pm on September 5, 2009, nejat said… are
At 9:51am on September 3, 2009, Andrea Victoria Murcia Suárez said…
Hola Juanita, Gracias por tu bienvenida. Yo vivo en la ciudad de Bucaramanga, está ubicada a 8 horas si viajas en carro o a 1hora en avión. Estoy planeando pronto un viaje a Bogotá. Tal vez contacte a Claudia Chaparro para conocer mas de cerca esta experiencia.
Un abrazo!
At 12:21pm on September 2, 2009, Aldo Canizales said…
Thank you Juanita,

I appreciate the warm welcome you gave me.
All the best,
At 2:20pm on September 1, 2009, Janine@loveyoursmallbiz said…
Greetings Juanita, thanks for the suggestion to contact Martin sounds like an exciting opportunity. Warm wishes, Janine
At 5:10pm on August 31, 2009, Doug Oloughlin said…
hi Juanita,

nice to hear from you, and so nice to see/feel TWC continue to expand and grow and wonderful.

Headlines? doing my best to treasure every breath, living in bangkok as well as singapore, finishing a book on facilitation, working on a Phd in OD, working on some exciting projects, and swimming in the mystery of it all.

And you?

love and blessings, doug
At 7:53am on August 30, 2009, Carolyn said…
It is me, Juanita. Good to see your words.

At 10:02am on August 29, 2009, Cynthia said…
Thank you Juanita! I'm looking forward to engaging in this forum!
At 10:08pm on August 26, 2009, Robert Jenkins said…
Me too!!! Hey can we set up a time for the three of us talk? I even have context setup for the conversation.

Let me know.

At 6:32pm on August 22, 2009, Edgard Gouveia Jr said…
Gracias querida!
Tengo muchíssimas novedades que te voy a escribir.
Una de ellas es que en octubre saigo en Sabático por 6 meses por el mundo... que te paresce?
Asi que capaz nuestros caminos se crucen por algun lugar mágico :-)
Ademas hay otras cosas lindas pasando, como algunas prediciones que hiciste acerca del poder del Oasis (la tecnologia desarollada por Elos). Te envío un link en ingles:
Sepas que la diponobilización abierta de la tecnologia Oasis fue inspiración tuya! :-)
Con amor...
At 7:53pm on August 19, 2009, Ngoc Yen Le Thi said…
At 7:53pm on August 19, 2009, Ngoc Yen Le Thi said…
Hi Juanita...
I have just joined into this forum by the introduce of my department's web...But I still haven't known about use of this web...Can you tell me something about web's function
At 11:30am on August 18, 2009, Cheri Torres said…

Gracias por tu bienvenidos! My colleague from Brazil invited me to join and I've done so out of curiosity and respect for his opinion. I look forward to seeing how things unfold.

When will you transition to Burnsville from CA? Where are you ahorita?
At 5:36pm on August 17, 2009, Rogelio Carrillo said…
Gracias Juanita.
At 4:56pm on August 17, 2009, JuanPAblo Rico said…
muchas gracias Juanita
ya ingrese a Cafe Latino tambien, por ahi nos vemos!!
At 10:41am on August 17, 2009, David Sibbet said…
Thanks for being you, the sweet notes, the example you are setting in caring for your parents, being an inspiring colleague, and for your stewardship of the World Cafe. I was emptying our storage locker the other day and came across a box of files from the San Francisco Foundation. We had some fine times there indeed!! Lots of love.


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