Dear colleagues -
I just wanted to share that I so enjoyed a group I hosted yesterday at the WOSonOS.
I held up a blank piece of paper as my topic sign, selected a time and space and placed the sign on the Agenda Wall.
People gathered and sat in companionable silence in a circle.
Then I wrote some thoughts on cards such as:
Sit in silence
Communicate in silence
Experience an activity that can be done to help people reflect in silence *before* discussion
Other cards said:
Someone to note the time?
(or something like that)
In silence, we 'discussed' and agreed upon the agenda (the time card was tossed away into the air, the documentation was my camera)
We agreed to move from the sit-in-silence to the 'communicate in silence' portion of our session.
Much mutual appreciation, twinkling eyes and laughter, exploring little movements together, a bit of running around for some of our members, some putting of things on heads, some sitting laps and a high portion of silliness followed.
Then we shifted into the 'an activity that can be done to help people reflect in silence before discussion' portion of our agenda.
I guided folks (in silence, which is not usually how I explain the guidelines) a reflective activity I have designed - and some of you have helped me field test this activity in past WOSonOS and OSonOSs - which invites participants to answer four questions by drawing their responses (no text). The process is called 'Graphic Window'. After reflection and drawing in response to four questions, we spoke again, going around the circle and sharing what each person drew and what they reflected upon as they heard each of the four questions.
Lovely and nutritious - especially to have silence in the midst of a high-talk environment such as an Open Space.
I bow (silently) with (silent) thanks to my fellow explorers,