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By Christoph Mandl, Markus Hauser, Hanna Mandl

“Co-creative conferences” foster invention and innovation, and hence permit leading edge developmental techniques in an organizational and inter-organizational context, together with approach improvement, product improvement, human source improvement, R&D, and trans-organizational initiatives. This e-book illustrates the variation among efficient and cutting edge firms and what that distinction ability for conferences happening in such firms, either from a conceptual and functional perspective. It presents managers, coaches, experts and different execs whose activity it truly is to arrange conferences with transparent and action-oriented instructions for the layout of “co-creative meetings”, and likewise indicates tips on how to contain them via experiential learning.

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The headmaster fixes the dates. Hanna sits in a classroom with ten fellow teachers. The tables are set in U-shape. The headmaster sits in front. Next to him the senior teachers are seated. The headmaster has the agenda in front of him and attends to one item after the other. The conversational course resembles those in a class where the teacher asks his students: Who would like to volunteer for a certain task? Who is overdue with the required exams? Whose students have excelled? Hanna only talks when being addressed.

But there is no time for dialogue as teachers have to leave for class. Quite a different style of conference can be experienced at another school: Every Thursday afternoon at the Waldorf School there is a conference. Hanna and about forty teachers are sitting in a circle. The meeting is split into three distinct parts: organizational issues, educational questions and anthroposophical topics. Not one headmaster but all teachers are in charge of organizational and educational matters. Some matters are dealt with in the plenary assembly, while specific topics are talked over in working groups.

The silence in the room makes outside noises present. Someone is walking on gravel, a car is honking. In the meeting room a mysterious joyfulness is spreading. There is gentleness and lightness. The previous conflict seems to be losing its grip on people. ’ Christoph thinks. Now, after 50 min. ’ From that moment on, the conversation starts to thrive. There is enjoyment in both listening and speaking. This group silence was the most effective silence Christoph had ever experienced. The ­participants described these 50 min.

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