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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
Interrupting legacy processes and systems of power is needed if the important work is going to happen. Jacob Zimmer and participant Dianne Roussin at Hope Decoded.

Interrupting legacy processes and systems of power is needed if the important work is going to happen. Jacob Zimmer and participant Dianne Roussin at Hope Decoded.

Finding better questions and better ways forward. Together.

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 great 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 often 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.

What's your name
What's your name

We collaborate to create: Creative organizational models / Better Questions / Inclusive Conversations

We co-create custom processes and workshops for: Collaborative Strategies \ Design Thinking \ Theatre skills for non-actors \ Presentations and public speaking

We inspire with:
Talks, keynotes and workshops on the importance of bridges, play, difference and making connections in art and beyond.

In creating meetings and events,

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.

Unconference on the Future(s) of Toronto Performance
Pictures from 2014 – Art Gallery of Ontario