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Re: November 8 meeting: NO MORE facilitators needed

From: Matt H.
Sent on: Thursday, October 25, 2007 2:10 PM
Hello again,

All six tables now have facilitators. Thanks to everyone who 
volunteered, and also to everyone who will come to participate.

Have a great evening, and I look forward to seeing you again at the 
meeting.

Matt

Matthew Jensen Hays wrote:
> Hello Designers,
>
> We have a meeting coming up on Thursday, November 8, at 7pm. A couple 
> of weeks ago, I contacted a few people who had expressed interest in 
> facilitating discussion at one of the six tables at the meeting. I'd 
> first like to thank everyone who responded; I'm glad my enthusiasm for 
> this topic is shared in our group. We still have four unclaimed table 
> topics, so I'm broadening the request to the rest of the group. Is 
> anyone else interested in keeping our discussions lively and engaging 
> by volunteering to facilitate at the upcoming meeting? Your 
> compensation will be the esteem of your peers and a warm sense of 
> self-satisfaction with your contribution to your community. Who could 
> ask for more?
>
> Details are below; I'm just going to copy you on the email I sent to 
> people who had already expressed an interest in volunteering. Briefly, 
> as a facilitator, your only obligation would be to maintain momentum 
> in your table's discussion. One member's suggestion for doing so is to 
> bring a list of general prompts that will move the discussion along:
> What is it?
> Does anyone here use it?
> Is it worth using?
> If so, is it generally used?
>   If it's not widely used, how do we get more people to use it?
> How is it related to our sister table's topic?
>
>
> Thank you!
>
> // begin pasted email
>
> As you may have read, we will start out with six tables arranged into 
> three pairs. Each of the six tables has a topic and needs someone to 
> facilitate discussion of that topic. The topics are listed at the 
> bottom of this email. As the facilitator, you'd need only to prepare a 
> few general prompts or questions that are relevant to your table 
> topic. I think we will wind up having a lot to talk about; this is the 
> exciting part of design -- the part that happens before other forces 
> might push our projects in more derivative directions.
>
> After 20 or so minutes of table talk, the pairs of tables will merge 
> into three groups. For the next 20 minutes, the discussion will be 
> broader in scope but still relevant to the original topic of each 
> original table. If we have as much to talk to each other about as I 
> think we do, the discussion should have a lot of momentum and the 
> larger groups shouldn't need a facilitator.
>
> After 20 or so minutes of group discussion, we'll open it up. Each 
> group can briefly share what its members have concluded, and the 
> groups in general can attempt to integrate what they've discussed with 
> what the other groups have discussed. I've imagined the latter part as 
> taking the form of a Q&A between groups, but I'd very much appreciate 
> your input.
>
> Thanks very much for your willingness to help -- even if you're not 
> able to lead a table at this meeting.
>
>
>
> Group One: Previous Products
> Table One
>  Topic: Leveraging Users' Prior Knowledge
>  Leader: YUSUF SHIRAZI
> Table Two
>  Topic: Design by Analogy
>  Leader: _____
>
>
> Group Two: Theory
> Table One
>  Topic: Principles of Information Design
>  Leader: _____
> Table Two
>  Topic: Innovation -- Your Own Theory
>  Leader: _____
>
>
> Group Three: Data
> Table One
>  Topic: Published, Empirical Studies
>  Leader: _____
> Table Two
>  Topic: Published or Well-Known "Best Practices"    Leader: 
> CHRISTOPHER ADORNA
>
>
> Volunteered for an unspecified table: BRIAN WOLD
>
>
>
> //end pasted email
>
>
> If you have any questions -- or certainly any suggestions -- please 
> don't hesitate to contact me. Thank you again.
>
> Matt Hays
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>
>
>

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