Cafés are wonderful – but don’t try one at home

I am pleased to republish this article by Dr Peter Atkinson, warning those who believe that it is a simple thing to facilitate a successful Knowledge Café, let alone the much more complex venture of Co-Creative Conversation (compared here). This article is a natural addendum to the third article in the Corona Conversation series describe... Continue Reading →

Corona Conversations #2: Stick a pin in your filter bubble; On the value of talking to people you disagree with

5 min read This is the second of three articles originally published on Medium.com in connection with the public Corona Conversations in April and May 2020 by Dr Steve Ellis and myself tackling sense- and decision-making, agency and collaboration in the post-pandemic world.  On the brink of the new millennium, a young duo trapped in a... Continue Reading →

Corona Conversations #1: “But he hasn’t got anything on,” a little virus said.

 7 min read This is the first of three articles originally published on Medium.com in connection with the public Corona Conversations in April and May 2020 by Dr Steve Ellis and myself tackling sense- and decision-making, agency and collaboration in the post-pandemic world.  ____________ LIKE the little boy in the H.C. Andersen story, the Coronavirus has... Continue Reading →

University of the future – A Knowledge Café at Regent’s

Yesterday I had the exquisite pleasure of attending the first of David Gurteen's new series of open Knowledge Cafés. The event took place in the surreally beautiful oasis of Regent's University London, which I approached at dusk with the sense of entering a DreamWorks version of a wizard's boarding school, replete with wild and ancient... Continue Reading →

Knowledge Management#3: Sir David on why the Common Good means Outstanding

At Norwich Research School's unmissable Slow-Burn Leadership conference at University of East Anglia, Sir David Carter's speech was ostensibly on "effective collaboration and system leadership in East Anglia." In reality, he spoke of ethical leadership, cultural shifts and courage. As such, he precisely mirrored the points made by big guns in business at the Knowledge... Continue Reading →

Participatory Budgeting in Schools#6: “Participatory-Project-Learning-Thingie…?” – The counter-kerfuffle

For reasons outlined in the previous post on the shortcomings of EduTwitter, I am convinced that only by meeting in the controlled and safe environment of a Co-creative Conversation can antagonists successfully meet across the troubled waters of the education debate. [ 1-minute read ] With this in mind, Shared Future and I were quite... Continue Reading →

Co-Creative Conversation deconstructed: Comfy Café or outcome-driven classroom?

Deductive or Inductive? Freedom or control? More facilitator intervention, or less? Lessons learnt during the first Co-Creative Conversation on student engagement at University of Roehampton's Business School. Thank you, all delegates. [5 min read] Conversation as an end in itself The Knowledge or "World" Café originally envisaged by Juanita Brown in 1995 has since been... Continue Reading →

Cooperative Knowledge Café; A Co-Creative Conversation on student engagement

Tomorrow I am pleased to present my first tailored Co-Creative Conversation to lecturers at University of Roehampton's Business School. [3 min read] These days the higher education sector is full of talk about increasing student engagement. Everyone agrees that Generation Z, who are the real digital natives, see the world a little differently and have... Continue Reading →

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