Against plenary sessions

Listening to what is said in a plenary session is my least favorite aspect of a conference or workshop. In fact, let me assert that there should be no time spent in plenary sessions, only activities that elicit reflection, making of connections, and new insights. Logistics and other announcements could be made in written materials or only after sessions in which participants have first experienced “connecting, probing, reflecting” (CPR).
Some suggested CPR activities follow:

Freewriting on hopes for the workshop
Autobiographical introductions, followed by
Connections and extensions feedback
Five-phase dialogue hours
Definitional ceremonies
Jig-saw discussions of pre-circulated readings
Sense of place mapping
Supportive Listening
Future Ideal Retrospective
Historical Scan
One-on-one consultations
Work-in-progress presentation


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