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Is this the best knowledge-sharing game ever?

This is a legacy blog from 2014 that has gained a lot of on LinkedIn over the last two weeks. With that in mind, I thought it time to bring it back to my main site – I hope you find it useful.

Is this the best knowledge-sharing game ever?

Over the last year, I have been working with the OD team at Scottish Water, which culminated in a reflections on learning event. Participants presented reflections on their journey and the impact/results from the sessions – typical reflections fare full of well-crafted PowerPoint led discussion.

Then, after lunch, when most of us were bloated from an overstocked buffet and craving a siesta, Julia Stevenson took everyone on a journey that I can only describe as genius. She created an environment that engaged, challenged, put learning in context, opened knowledge flows and challenged people to consider the future.

How did Julia do this? She went old school. Not a PowerPoint in sight! Julia turned a game of Monopoly into a knowledge-sharing event. From “Cynefin Way” to “Big Data Highway” to “Chief Learning Officer,” the game of Monopoly was transformed forever!

When you purchased a property you bought a learning nugget from the team’s journey. For example, I purchased “Blogger’s Brook” and was presented with the following nugget: “storytelling is a great way to connect with other people and create the power of ‘we’.”

Landing on “Chance” presented challenges, such as “how close are we to having an organisation-wide environment where mistakes are seen as an opportunity to learn’?”

I had the misfortune of being sent to “The Cloud” and spent a round being a “Cloud Granny,” providing positive feedback/support to the person rolling the dice – try it, quite a challenge!

This was one of the most engaging knowledge-sharing events I have been involved with and I will be unashamedly copying this method in my work from here on out (with an appropriate licensing mention to Julia, of course – fee to be negotiated!).

Julia’s ingenuity is the perfect demonstration of what can be achieved when people connect and technology is taken out of the picture.

I’m going to be adapting this for use at a knowledge-cafe event in the US, where there will be an ongoing game on each table – people will continuously join ongoing games. I’ll let you know how it goes!

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