Recently I’ve been playing with an online crowdsourcing tool called ThoughtExchange. The software allows you to crowdsource answers to questions in real time. You can do an exchange in a matter of minutes or over a period of weeks. For people looking to harness the wisdom of crowds – this tool has incredible potential. Furthermore, in the age of physical distancing, facilitators are looking for ways to expand our tools for gathering and sensemaking information.
On this note, I agreed to host a practice session for a group of strangers I have been meeting online via various digital facilitator networks. To understand what we might focus the meeting on, I hosted a thought exchange asking people what needs to happen at the meeting to make it a good use of their time.
The answers landed in three categories (you can read the full report here):
- Those who want to test and try the tool live.
- Those who want to understand when to use the tool.
- Those who want to dig deeper into the tool (for example questions that work best, costs).
Based on this, I’m considering what the agenda could look like. Here is my first draft!
Purpose: To learn with others about the TE platform as a tool for virtual meetings and collaboration.
When: Friday, April 17th, 8-9:30am Pacific Time.
Platform: Zoom (loving it).
Side note: After several playful experiments with using Liberating Structures online, I definitely want to include some of those in our session. The two practices mesh well as both aim to include the ideas and input of as many people as possible.
8:00-8:15 Your experience with the tool and hope for the session (Impromptu Networking)
8:15-8:30 A look at the original TE question and the online report (share screen).
8:30-8:45 Feedback, comments (1-2-all)
8:45-9:00 What are good scenarios to use the tool? (Live Exchange)
9:00 – 9:15 So what do you think? Next steps? (Small groups)
9:15-9:30 Sharing, Digging deeper, Questions to look into further.
I still have 2 days to plan so your feedback is very welcome! What do you think? Do you have suggestions to offer? Will this online meeting deliver the hopes of those that signed up? Leave me a comment!
And if you want to join Friday’s online meeting – you are welcome, sign up here (it’s free!).