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Peter Block: Lecture-style seating is a parade ground with comfort!

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 27 January 2014

 


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Peter Block: Lecture-style seating is a parade ground with comfort!
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 163
Posted DateMonday 27 January 2014 17:15 GMT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
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In the introduction to my April 2013 Knowledge Letter I mentioned Peter Block and Ken Everett sent me the email below in response.
Hi David,

Glad you highlighted Peter Block.

I became an admirer when I attended a presentation in a BIG ballroom thing at ASTD 2008.

He immediately pointed out the 'military' nature of our arrangement--in rows, facing the O-I-C, looking at the backs of heads.

He highlighted that this was a parade ground...with comfort.

And useless for real communication.

The auditorium, he said, should only be used for performances!

He then got us to break the rows of chairs (literally--they were connected) into groups of 3 or 4...and to discuss a question.

Transformational!

Keep up your good work.

Best wishes, Ken

Credit: Ken Everett

It reminded me of a Knowledge Cafe I ran at an ECKM conference in 2007 in a University in Barcelona where the chairs were actually screwed down to the floor ... so we went across the road and held it in a real Cafe!


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