Taking a question for a walk


Many of us do our best thinking when we’re well away from the desk and computer. When HelpAge International country directors got together for four days to share learning and reflect on the organisation’s new strategy this happened out-of-doors as well as in the meeting room. As the conference lead facilitator I wanted them to have some space to reflect on the conversations so far, and integrate what they were learning.  We invited them to pair up, and take some questions for a walk, thinking aloud and listening to each other in turn.  Some pairs joined up as fours, and the conversations took their own course.  There was no ‘reporting back’.  Instead they met up in their regional groups where they shared insights and shifted into looking at actions.  Great weather and beautiful countryside all helped!

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