Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Tight Parameters = Opportunities for Innovation

We found out rather late in the preparation for our major Congress that we could not stick anything on the walls during any of our workshops. There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth at this announcement as many had planned terrific interactive sessions needing many sheets of flipchart paper that they wanted to paper the walls with during their 90 minute sessions. However, a crafty workshop designer can work with anything, even the tightest of parameters. Here is one innovation that hatched as a result of this rule - the human flipchart.



Well, everyone was wearing lanyards with their nametags anyways. Take a few volunteers, clip on some blank paper, and some tape, give participants their cards and viola - your interactive activity works, gets even more people involved, and not a sticky blue mark on any wall.

Not optimal you might say, but you never know when you are working in a space with apparently precious walls, the famous carpeted walls, or even no walls for that matter (how nice would it be to do your session under a big tree?) Give a good workshop designer a parameter in advance and with a little creative thinking they'll design for it. Everything is possible...

2 comments:

Carolee said...

This is a great idea and one, I will use if I come across this situation again. Thanks for sharing.

ren-new said...

I could imagine that the human flipchart could also be closely observing what is posted on him/her, and provide insights/observations regarding gaps, concentration, links. After all, there is a sense of ownership that comes with being 'used' - ownership over the contents that one now wears. Could be interesting to harness that as part of the role - thereby using the flipchart's physical and mental capabilities.