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Gender Parity Workshop

The Gender Parity template, part of the Axis Inclusion & Diversity (I&D) series, provides a proven framework to catalyze progress on workplace gender parity. It enables organizations to have an honest and action-orientated conversation on this crucial issue.

Objectives:

  • Drive inclusive, effective, and engaging collaboration around gender parity

  • Enable an open and honest conversation that gives a voice to those with lived experience of the problem and the greatest insights into what needs to change

  • Define and prioritise ideas that ensure the retention and development of female talent through the ‘pinched middle’ phase of their career to build a sustainable pipeline of future female leaders

  • Explore the context, generate themes, create ideas, prioritize them and identify next steps to address the key question of the workshop: Given the impact of COVID-19 on the workplace, how can we enable women to achieve their full potential?

Progress on gender equality is slow - the latest World Economic Forum Gender Gap Report now estimates a staggering 257 years to close the gap on economic participation for women. And COVID could make things significantly worse: the latest McKinsey Women in the Workplace 2020 report states that, ‘More than one in four women are contemplating what many would have considered unthinkable just six months ago: downshifting their careers or leaving the workforce completely. This is an emergency.’ Now is the time to act.

Achieving gender parity requires organizations to individually take a hard look at their culture, policies, procedures and ways of working. Sources of gender bias are pernicious and everywhere. To catalyse change will involve an open and honest conversation, that gives a voice to those with lived experience of the problem and the greatest insights into what needs to change.

To ensure that these much-needed conversations can be transformed into actionable outputs, Axis has teamed up with Unida, a leading diversity consultancy, to create a workshop template specifically designed to drive inclusive, effective and engaging collaboration around gender parity.

See more on this template from Axis here.

Axis
Workshops. Reinvented.
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Feature Sprint for Startups

Designed for early-stage startups, this 3-hour workshop agenda is a step by step process that will help a team align on company purpose, develop a long-term roadmap, and prioritize the feature set of your app or service.

You'll align on what your MVP (minimum viable product) is and generate customer-centric features you can move towards developing too! This process can help quickly clarify and solve many of the problems young start-ups have, for example:

  • Teams that have been “going in circles” when talking about next steps
  • Have a lot of ideas but don't have a starting point
  • Lack clarity about the specific value proposition for marketing, web, and social content

Tips for running this workshop online

  • Pick an online whiteboard tool that allows you to use a large, zoomable canvas.

  • If you’re not using an online whiteboard, we’d recommend using a collaboration tool such as Google Docs to collect the information for each step under a separate heading. Invite everyone into the document to share their ideas but be very clear in regards to editing rights.

  • When facilitating group discussion, we’d recommend that participants use non-verbal means to indicate they’d like to speak. You can use tools like Zoom’s nonverbal feedback tools, a reaction emoji, or just have people put their hands up. The facilitator can then invite that person to talk.

  • Use built-in dot voting tools or allocate dot shapes manually in your online whiteboard tool for the voting section. If using Google Docs or similar, have people comment to indicate a vote.

Feature Sprint for Startups from Justin Mertes at Crema.

Want more context? Watch this video from Justin on how the feature sprint helped Vera, a plant care app.

Justin Mertes
Coach and design sprint facilitator at Crema
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Marketing Strategy Sprint

The Marketing Strategy Sprint is a step-by-step process for clarifying campaign creation or entire marketing strategies in a single working day. It works well in both remote and live settings and is especially useful for aligning marketing teams and decision-makers.

Who should participate?

This is an ideal exercise for marketing teams. The optimal group size is 3–7 people. Someone from the business side and management board should be included. It can be the director/VP of the business area you are going to cover or in smaller companies the CEO, but it is crucial to have buy-in from the top. As a marketer, there is also the hidden agenda to give decision-makers a better understanding of the role of marketing. This is a perfect way to provide insight into what you do and are trying to achieve.

If the marketing & comms team isn’t big enough, just bring in bodies who are relevant to the topic/business. You need to understand your customer and business to get this to work so sales gals, customer success guys and other people working with the clients are your best bets.

What marketing issues can I clarify with this?

You can do anything from campaign creation to overall marketing strategies. You just adjust your scope accordingly. I recommend starting with something specific like a campaign or a plan to target one audience. Then you can start combining the data into larger entities.

How long does this take?

The whole canvas takes a workday to fill out. When you are working on campaigns or the same segment/product, it’ll take you two hours.

Obviously some problems are larger then others and you may need more time on solving them. That’s why you are the big marketing hotshot or the future unicorn CEO: you are able to use your own judgement on time allocation.

If you are starting your marketing, re-branding, doing a product launch, expanding to a new market etc., you’ll be spending a couple of days defining the cornerstones of your marketing.

What do you need?

People: a facilitator (You?), a marketing team, a decision-maker. Bodies are optional.

Other stuff: Whiteboard/wall space, tons of Post-it notes, Sharpies, sticky dots, a time timer, good coffee, a lot of water, some snacks, energy & enthusiasm.

Prep before the workshop

The participants should be briefed to be on time and to have an open mind.

Everyone has one job to do before the workshop: use 15 minutes to list the competition and their main selling argument.

A voluntary, but preferred task is to watch Simon Sinek’s TEDx talk about understanding your WHY.

During the workshop

The idea of the workshop is to extract individual ideas. This is why for the majority of the workshop, work is done individually in a group. Unless stated otherwise, all of the exercises are done individually in silence.

Discuss only when the facilitator encourages it. This may seem odd in the beginning but trust the process. You will be surprised about the method outcomes.

After every stage the facilitator will photograph the results and add them to a slide deck and/or a physical canvas. A physical canvas is recommended, because this helps on maintaining focus of the end result and it is easy to revise the previous steps.

Voting during the workshop

The voting process is the same throughout the workshop. Everyone is given a predetermined amount of dot stickers/vote. When the time to vote comes, everyone silently and simultaneously places their stickers on the note they want to vote for. You are allowed to vote on your own answers and you can spread your dots on different notes or put them all on one. This is up to you.

Tips for running this workshop online

  • Pick an online whiteboard tool that allows you to use a large, zoomable canvas.

  • If you’re not using an online whiteboard, we’d recommend using a collaboration tool such as Google Docs to collect the information for each step under a separate heading. Invite everyone into the document to share their ideas but be very clear in regards to editing rights.

  • When facilitating group discussion, we’d recommend that participants use non-verbal means to indicate they’d like to speak. You can use tools like Zoom’s nonverbal feedback tools, a reaction emoji, or just have people put their hands up. The facilitator can then invite that person to talk.

  • Use built-in dot voting tools or allocate dot shapes manually in your online whiteboard tool for the voting section. If using Google Docs or similar, have people comment as a vote.

Marketing Strategy Sprint from Karl Filtness at MEOM.

Karl Filtness
Director of Growth, MEOM
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Persona Empathy Workshop

Personas are one of the most popular tools in user research, and are a great way to create shared understanding about users. But they are useless unless people know what they are and how to utilize them.

Designed for research or user-focused teams who want to help others in their organization understand the value and importance of customer personas, this 1-hour 20 minute workshop agenda is highly focused step by step process that is simple and easy to run.

  • You'll demonstrate the power of personas and how preconceptions about users and customers are often incorrect.
  • Your team will gain some of the tools necessary to better empathize with users and employ personas across the organization
  • You'll generate ideas on how to solve problems and meet the needs of your chosen customer persona

This workshop is intended for groups and organizations that are already using or start to use customer personas and who are trying to extend the understanding and use of personas across an organization. You may run this with participants in less user-focused parts of the organization, or to begin demonstrating the value of personas to your team in a concise, effective way.

Tips for running this workshop online

  • Pick an online whiteboard tool that allows you to use a large, zoomable canvas.

  • If you’re not using an online whiteboard, we’d recommend using a collaboration tool such as Google Docs to collect the information for each step under a separate heading. Invite everyone into the document to share their ideas but be very clear in regards to editing rights.

  • When facilitating group discussion, we’d recommend that participants use non-verbal means to indicate they’d like to speak. You can use tools like Zoom’s nonverbal feedback tools, a reaction emoji, or just have people put their hands up. The facilitator can then invite that person to talk.

  • Use built-in dot voting tools or allocate dot shapes manually in your online whiteboard tool for the voting section. If using Google Docs or similar, have people comment to indicate a vote.

Persona Empathy Workshop from Maxwell Forrest.
Maxwell Forrest
UX Research Specialist
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Conversation Cafe: A World Dialogue Relay

This template has been designed for hosts planning a World Dialogue Relay event for UN75 on 24 October 2020.

This Conversation Cafe agenda includes a series of step-by-step elements that will help you guide a group through a structured discussion. This template has been developed by the team at X360 for open use drawing on the UN75 Toolkit and the UNA-USA resources. It is available for use by Connected Conversations dialogue hosts and facilitators everywhere

The agenda elements are designed to be delivered over 2 hours, however, please feel free to adapt this based on the size of your group, and your own facilitation and hosting style. You can even adjust the Conversation Cafe format for your own events and needs!

Before your session

  1. Review the hosting and facilitation guide at https://connversations.x360.co/relay/
  2. Register your session on the IdeaSphere at https://ideasphere.x360.co/add-listing/
  3. Encourage participants to take the UN75 survey in advance, to get the conversation going in their minds and online: www.un.org/UN75
  4. Designate a note-taker to capture the key points from your dialogue

Capturing feedback

We will provide you with a link to an online feedback form in a format provided by #UN75 to capture your group's conversation. This form will include the following details:

  1. Main topics covered (from the UN themes + any others)
  2. Dialogue type (online or in-person)
  3. Country where the dialogue was hosted
  4. The top 1-3 ideas for each topic discussed and/or a summary in max 750 characters
  5. Nationality of participants
  6. Education level of most participants
  7. Occupation of most participants

You can choose to complete this feedback process during your session as a group, or summarise notes for submission after the session.

Tips for hosting the session

The facilitator plays a crucial role in these conversations. Some broad guiding principles include:

  • Communicate clearly on why the dialogues are taking place, and where the discussion will go
  • Respect and facilitate the sharing of different perspectives
  • Constructively address conflicting positions and power imbalances
  • Adapt to local needs
  • Ensure some element of recording and feedback (an online feedback form will be provided)

Tips for running the session online

  • Choose a video conferencing tool to host the your group conversation - Zoom, Google Hangouts, Adobe Connect or whatever tool your group prefers is most familiar with is your best bet.
  • If facilitating with very large groups, use breakout rooms to help facilitate productive conversations in smaller groups before bringing them back into the main room.
  • You might want to posit your questions alongside visual resources and collect feedback and notes using an online whiteboard tool. This is great for creating a resource people can revisit after the session. But don't forget that you'll need to share a summary of the group discussion via the online feedback form provided.

  • When facilitating group discussion, we’d recommend that participants use non-verbal means to indicate they’d like to speak. You can use tools like Zoom’s nonverbal feedback tools, a reaction emoji, or just have people put their hands up. The facilitator can then invite that person to speak.

  • Use an online engagement tool such as Mentimeter or Poll Anywhere to get quick feedback at the start of each conversation point, or where it feels appropriate.

Need help?

Don't hesitate to reach out to the X360 convening team if you need assistance or you have any questions. You are also invited to join the online collaboration space for the World Relay at https://ideaspace.x360.co.

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