IAF Methods

Quote for the Day

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We use this for longer workshops and training, varying the quote each time. It can also be used for the opening of regular meetings.

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Goal

To encourage dialogue about the wisdom we are discovering in working or learning together and to help a group receive permission (and perhaps vocabulary) to talk with one another about their personal wisdom, experience and development.


The trust developed in such a short dialogue can also carry over into the working sessions in the course of a programme.

Attachments

You will be able to upload attachments once after you create the method.

Materials

  • The quote selected ahead of time.

Instructions

Before

Ideal conditions: relaxed atmosphere at the beginning of a meeting or after a break.


Pre-Work Required: The quote on a flipchart or white board, or in a presentation slide


During

Context

1. Post a quote before the group on a projector or flip chart, write a simple quotation or short poem that has some relationship (however tangential) with the kind of activity taking place in the group. For a new department, something perhaps about the future. For a change workshop, maybe a quote about change. It can be nice to include a graphic or a sketch illustrating the quote.

Steps

1. Introduce the quote by reading it loud or ask someone in the group to do so. Give them a second to look at it. For groups weak in the language of instruction, begin by introducing any peculiar vocabulary, and give the group a chance to figure out together what the words mean.

2. Ask some questions like:

  • What do you notice in this phrase?
  • What does this quote remind you of?
  • How can you say this in your own words? (What is it talking about?)
  • Do you have any saying like this in your language? (Give the group a chance to discuss this.)
  • What does this quote have to say about our work?
  • When might you say this?
  • To whom?

Some tried and true quotations include:
"It doesn't work to leap a 20 foot chasm in two 10 foot jumps."
"Action removes the doubt that theory cannot solve."
"After bliss, the Laundry?"


After

Follow-Up Required: none

Usual or Expected Outcomes: Deeper insight into the thinking of colleagues.

Potential pitfalls: Bad quotes

How success is evaluated: The group listens to and reflects on the ideas of others.

Background

Source: Jon Jenkins

Derived from: It is based on the Focused Conversation Method of the Institute of Cultural Affairs.

History of Development: A similar method was used in daily staff meetings of the Institute of Cultural Affairs.

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  • Inspirering! I like the intercultural pespective!

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    about 2 years ago