We help to plan for and facilitate interactive workshops for projects – usually in the field of scientific exchange and the environment. We can help you plan for and design project workshops for the following specific purposes:
We make your dialogue event interactive, ensuring participation of all, mutual understanding, as well as the clarification of common ground and remaining differences. We use a mix of facilitation tools for this including Open Space, World Café and the so-called “Samoan” Dialogue Circle which enables you to hold interactive dialogues with up to 150 to 200 participants at the same time.
In 2016 we supported the EU funded ERA-net project EKLIPSE with an interactive dialogue workshop on identifying research needs and emerging issues with regard to Nature-Based Solutions. In 2016 we also supported the North Sea scientific conference on marine management with interactive dialogue sessions. We have been using similar approaches in 2017 and 2018 for the French-German lynx parliament.
Especially at the beginning many complex projects typically are in a state of widespread confusion. Participants have to get to know each other better and achieve common understanding about possible or already fixed project objectives and how this corresponds to their own interests. Open dialogue should be the order of the day, but this is often not the case. Our methods will help create a safe environment for participants to clarify project goals and individual needs.
In 2018 we facilitated a 3-day interactive strategic planning workshop for the WWF Germany with participants from about 15 different European countries who collaborate on communication approaches within an EU-funded large carnivore (bear, wolf, lynx, wolverine) project.
The challenge of a think tank workshop is to go beyond the beaten track which is to say the ideas that everybody has already thought about. One key in this is to refer to specific situations instead of talking about generalities. Another key is to actually exchange the ideas that already exist (so that they do not have to be advertised as new ideas and can serve as a basis for the new). Finally methods like systemic constellations can help to take a fresh look at the situation.
In 2017 we organized a think tank for the Indonesian NGO MDPI in Bali on sustainable fisheries in South Asia.