It is Monday afternoon after the 2012 Shifting Thinking Workshop and this is my office floor…
Sifting through this eclectic pile of paper reveals fascinating traces of thoughts and conversations that took place at the Workshop. The researcher in me is puzzling now about what to do with the traces I have. Can I pull them together into some kind of coherent narrative about what happened, or even just find a way to share them back out as a resource for the people who were there? Should I keep everything? Should I have someone type all these up for me? Should I take photos of everything?
Yet I know that for every thought, question, or idea written down and currently residing on my office floor, are dozens and hundreds of others that exist now only in the memories of those who experience them last week, and even pulling together the best of what’s on my floor right now isn’t going to fully capture that. And that’s just the paper trail… we still have various video footage, photos, and other bits and pieces that record traces of Shifting Thinking in different media and many decisions to make about what to do with it all!
What next? Where to from here? How will you track or measure what difference has this made? These are the kinds of questions people were asking me at the Workshop. I’m not sure yet, I said. I don’t know. Those are a great questions. I wonder that too. What do YOU think? I feel like I should have had better answers, but I don’t yet. I hope you will keep asking me though, and I hope you will keep asking yourselves that too, because these are the questions that will take us towards our next opportunit(ies) for building something together again (maybe in a future Shifting Thinking workshop, or maybe in one of the new spaces that has been created in your own thinking, or in your new connections to ideas or to other people).
There’s more post-match analysis to come; of course. We will be sending out a post-workshop evaluation form, and thinking about how we can stay connected and keep feeding the energy for our work and of our “shifting thinking”. We’ll have a go at getting a selection of the most interesting and useful traces from the Workshop up onto this website so they are there for all of the Shifting Thinking community to use. But for now, I will leave you with a few traces that I have picked up from crumpled-up balls of paper on my floor. Maybe they were your words or the words of someone you sat with or talked to at the Workshop, and perhaps they will inspire you to share more thoughts and reflections about your Workshop experience
Reminded of how thinking can shift when you work with other people.
I’ve been smiling so much my face hurts.
Liberated. Confidence to make the change. Empowered to do so. Opened my mind. Energised.
Being in the room with people who are curious – may not know the answers…. but curious!
Being with people who “get it”!! Who are excited by the process of learning and what that may mean for creating active citizens.
Use the students – consult! They are our resource.
I have had time to listen and space to think about connectoins between ideas – it has been helpful/productive/purposeful.
Risks have to be taken.
Inspiredness about connectedness and possibilities.