A WonderWalk, the moving alternative to a meeting.
Some rules of the game for a successful WonderWalk
We start with flipchart (paper) to collect the topics that the group wants to discuss. Everybody can add a topic that (s)he finds interesting and relevant for the group. All these topics are written on the flipchart (+ owner of the topic). This can take upto half an hour.
After that half hour, we go walking (be prepared to walk in the rain, snow, wind, beach, …) and organically subgroups are formed. There’s no process or leader.
+ No discussion while you collect the topics – the real discussions happen during the walk.
+ Go walking whatever the weather conditions are – you’ll get more efficient discussions and people feel more connected
+ Make 1 person responsible for the walking route (+ try to integrate a cafe/little restaurant on the route to have lunch/coffee/tea)
+ You only discuss topics that you find interesting (in most meetings you have a few boring, irrelevant topics for some participants)
+ It’s an active way of discussion (while you walk, you get inspired by the environment)
+ It builds further on the principles of open space (whoever walks with you, they are the right persons; whenever it starts, it’s the right time; whatever happens in the conversation, it’s the only thing that could happen and a conversation is over when it’s over).Happy walking!
The WonderWalk is open source, go ahead use it!
We came up with the concept. If needed we will even help to guide them.