workshops work is a podcast for facilitators, by a facilitator, about facilitation… so why have I invited Assistant Professor of Humanities and Liberal Studies at San Francisco State University and comic book artist Nick Sousanis to join me in this episode?
I read Nick’s remarkable work ‘Unflattening’ recently and immediately knew that the world of facilitation needed to know about it. I was delighted when he accepted my invitation!
What followed was a beautiful exchange of ideas and reflections from two distant fields, worlds that do not normally collide but have more in common than you might first think.
This is a very special episode of workshops work – and one that I think could change our practice in a deep and powerful way.
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Questions and Answers
[01:44] Is it correct that Unflattening was your dissertation?
[02:33] What prompted you to draw your dissertation?
[05:25] Where was the idea of Unflattening born?
[08:58] How does Unflattening relate to ‘thinking outside the box’?
[12:47] Did you create Unflattening to intentionally remove as many of these ‘boxes’ as possible?
[17:47] What is the magic ingredient for hearing each other’s arguments?
[22:27] Is Unflattening a journey, a philosophy, a destination?
[27:51] How can we practice Unflattening when it comes to emotive topics?
[31:50] What can pictures teach us that words cannot?
[36:21] How do you encourage people to follow the path of your writing without being too explicitly directional?
[45:05] – What makes a workshop – or a class – fail?
[01:02:13] – What is the one thing you would like listeners to take away from this episode?
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