A guide for co-creative conversations, meetings, or large events. The simple six-step recipe makes collaboration as easy as planning a potluck with friends.
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This is the book that takes collaboration to the next step! Collaboration Soup is a guide for transforming boring and frustrating meetings into productive and enjoyable ones. This fun and easy to read book is based on the classic fable Stone Soup, where hungry people working cooperatively and collectively make a great meal for everyone to share. Using this simple-to-follow recipe, new projects can be launched and new solutions found for the complex and inter-dependent problems of today's organizations, communities and families. New or experienced meeting leaders will discover how to create the conditions that effectively blend the collective wisdom of groups and organizations. It includes the authors' best practices and troubleshooting trips gathered over 25 years of professional group facilitation.
Co-creative conversations are nothing new. The qualities and abilities necessary for people working together collaboratively are intrinsic and innate to all. Collaboration is universally applicable to almost any shared human endeavor. Putting those abilities into practice is a learnable skill, and with practice, we can all learn to be effective at serving up a new and better kind of conversation whenever people come together for a shared purpose.
Collaboration Soup will show you how to engage in co-creative conversations that address your most critical issues. As professional facilitators and group process leaders, we have condensed our knowledge and years of experience into this simple six-step recipe so you can cook up your own great group events and meetings.
Collaboration Soup is written in five parts:
Part I: Getting Started introduces the six-step recipe, key roles, and information on the collaborative brain.
Part II: The Recipe presents each step and gives you basic directions for how to carry out each role.
Part III: Tips and Tools contains suggestions for fundamental aspects of an effective collaborative event.
Part IV: Our Favorite Methods, Processes and Activities includes detailed directions for how to maximize productive and enjoyable interactions.
Part V: Troubleshooting contains suggestions for difficult circumstances that may occur.