Founding Small Wooden Shoe Planning and Performance, I included "planning" because I knew that the wisdom and strength of the creative processes of performance connected with the struggles and opportunities of a much wider network – including social innovation, product design and any time that groups of people come together to make the exceptional, the reality. - Jacob Zimmer
1. Collaboration takes practice.
Like sport or performance, collaboration is different every time, and it helps to have practiced.
In the middle of high stakes project development, with the game on the line or the audience in their seats is not the time to start practicing. We need special spaces and time to practice very real skills and mindsets if the collaboration we hear so much about is really going to succeed.
2. Big Conversations are hard, and important.
Conversations that lead to real change in organizations and teams are sometimes difficult and can always benefit from caring design and empathic facilitation.
Curious, kind facilitation focused on impact and better questions create spaces for listening, reflection and transformation through a mix of location, space design and dynamic exchange.
3. In order for change to happen, we need to do things differently.
This might sound obvious, but we've all been to a conference or a panel on "Innovation" that is run the same old way. How we work impacts the outcome far more than any visioning board or mission statement. And yet the systemic patterns that shape our collaborations are rarely examined, let alone reimagined.
If you've got a project or a team that needs more collaborative practice or big conversations, get in touch and we'll talk about how Jacob Zimmer and the artists, designers, facilitators, and organizers of Small Wooden Shoe Planning and Performance can help.
Jacob brings his innovative and idiosyncratic style to peer-to-peer focused facilitation, collaborative practice, process design and systems thinking.
We bring experience with conferences, unconferences, social labs, keynote presentations, accessibility and inclusion policy, debating workshops, online collaboration, and 15 years of groups of different folk coming together to make the world a more interesting and engaged place.