WebStudy Foundation partners with colleges and universities to host a virtual meeting of minds designed to ENGAGE multiple stakeholders. Our experts FACILITATE a process to design question sets that are customized to solve a campus-wide, ‘wicked problem’. The Pre- virtual conference process guarantees the event itself will be INTERACTIVE between any number of participants (5-500).
This process is called a Facilitated Interactive Engagement (FIE) and the result is high-stakes decision making at warp speed.
WebStudy Foundation has brought this proven approach to higher education. Your leadership team may choose any ‘wicked problem’ to engage inter-departmental communication and collaboration.
Over thousands of meetings – two characteristics make this methodology effective in generating collaboration:
Pre-FIE, we prepare three components:
During the FIE virtual event, we FACILITATE and ENGAGE the participants (5-500) in a context specific to your organization, with the purpose of harnessing “All Brains on Deck” to INTERACT on a complex topic. We use virtual conference technology and the design levers (packaged in a software application) to conduct a series of contemplative inquiries.
All stakeholders partake in generating impactful answers to expertly crafted questions. The authentic answers offered anonymously are shared instantaneously for the audience and presenters to see simultaneously.
In real time, our facilitators work with a ‘dream team’ (set up by client) to review and guide the next series of inquiries. This accelerated process evokes an unprecedented mutual understanding across departments with very different points of view.
The process design unfolds further (may be tweaked in real time) – achieving the unforeseen, the unexpected – alignment towards something, that no one unit could have created independent of the other.
Meetings of key stakeholders for thinking together, for understanding each other, for innovating and, with good (and coached) leadership, making important decisions. The meeting formats are flexible — from all in the same room, to all online, or a blend of both. And at any size, up into the thousands.
With a computer tablet in each small group (on the table or in each online breakout group), connected via software built for large group communication, feeding an effective theming method, and all managed by the most experienced process designers … participants and leaders alike can know what the whole group is thinking in 5-10 minute time frames. This enables a “whole group dialogue” like no other.
Deeply experienced specialists pay careful attention to the purpose and group dynamics of an engagement and then manage large groups toward the desired outcomes. Add in knowledge of special technology for whole group communications and you have a powerhouse capability in our collaborative services.
Facilitated Interactive Engagements are designed to guide organizations most quickly through tough decision-making processes that incorporate all stakeholder perspectives via group dynamics expertise and group communication technologies.
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