Participants were introduced to Walt Disney's Creative Strategy and challenged to parallel process the three roles: the dreamer; the realist and the critic (or wise observer as Lyn suggested we use).
So, with those creative roles in the backs of our minds, Dave led us through the concept of wicked problems and how using metaphors can help to reframe and reassess how we think about such complex, messy problems. In groups of three, he had people describe their problem and have others offer similes that came to mind - "that problem sounds like.....". Most reported that this was a powerful exercise offering unique and different ways to think about and possibly begin to create some ways forward with their wicked problems.
Turning then to stories, I offered up a simple framework (sorry Alison!) that would help add drama to stories - drama being something that connects with people on a more emotional level, rather than staying in the logical, rational, analytical frame we might usually be in professional situations. I used props and images to tell a short dramatic story of my own by way of example - people may wonder about the connection between fishermen, Clint Eastwood and Harley Davidsons. Participants were invited to create their own stories - Visual Explorer images were available to use as props and story aids. After working on their stories for 15 minutes or so, people shared them in their groups.
Feedback on the spot was that everyone got something from the afternoon and that it was a most enjoyable and useful event. Good for us, hey Dave?
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