- 1. Large sheets of paper 2 x 8 1/2" or A3 size and marker or drawing pens
- 2. The same process can be used with pipe cleaners which come in different colours or different coloured clay or marshmellows and spaghetti of different kinds and colours.
Types of participants: Any group that is responsible for creating an event.
Ideal conditions: Small group in relaxed atmosphere
Pre-Work Required: none
Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: Any normal relationship would be good
We will begin this morning's work with a little drawing exercise. This is not intended to test your drawing skills, but rather to let us think through together what we mean by a really successful event.
1. Think back to a workshop that you thought was just really great. it may be one in which you participated or which you lead. Then draw an image of that workshop for us. (The facilitator should draw one as well, especially if you don't draw very well.)
2. Let's go around the room, showing your image and saying something about your experience of a great workshop.
3. What is one thing you've heard more than once in this round?
4. What is one thing that was unique?
5. Are there other qualities you look for, that we haven't mentioned yet?
6. Which of these qualities do you find difficult to achieve? Why?
7. What would you say is one key guideline for a designer who wants to come up with a great event?
Event design begins with some image of what your target group would experience as success.
Follow-Up Required: Begin the design process
Usual or Expected Outcomes: Shared images of what makes a good event.
Source: Maureen Jenkins
Derived from: The Institute of Cultural Affairs' Focused Conversation Method
History of Development: Prepared for a workshop of facilitators.