Workshops can be expensive. You need a budget for hotel and food and the meeting organization. The travel is an additional financial and carbon cost. These days its hard to coordinate people’s calendars so that you can actually get the right people in the room to address the challenge. So as much as we enjoy facilitating workshops and working face-to-face with groups, KI has also been exploring how to take advantage of the virtual capacity that, each year, is more and more realistic and user-friendly.
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Think about what you need to be creative. It is more natural light or less? It is music or quiet? Are gadgets good stimulation for your thinking or do you want a slow workplace? Is your space right for the introvert or extrovert in you? It’s important to balance collaborative spaces with those designed for private thinking and execution; we need to make space for both types of thinking and working to be productive.
When people think about attending a workshop or a training – especially a professionally focused event – they don’t expect to hear music. This might be why it can be particularly effective for setting the tone for such an event. If people walk into the room and there’s music playing, already they can sense it’s going to be a different kind of experience. In terms of innovation, that’s what we want. A different kind of meeting is more likely to lead to a different result.
Where you meet sets the mood for your meeting, which is why the space matters. Put people in the same old meeting room and the chances of getting the same old output are pretty good. If it’s a big open room with an inviting seating plan around Arthurian round tables, with long walls of white paper ready to receive hundreds of colorful ideas, it sets an entirely different tone than immovable chairs lined tight and facing forward. If you want to make room for innovation, you have to make the room the kind of place that will invite it.
Science is a subject available to both genders and yet women, if not directly discouraged, haven’t been as encouraged to pursue it as a field of study. Girls are steered toward languages and the liberal arts, implying that maths and sciences are better left to the boys. It’s a stereotype that’s been torn down and yet the gender imbalance is still apparent in the field of scientific research and academics.