‘I have no use for knowledge that has not been preceded by a sensation’ – André Gide
Large group meetings are an important method of organisational change. They function as so called decision accelerators, gatherings where internal and external stakeholders co-create and express their support for the desired change.
Critical talks are respectfully guided and crucial topics are discussed properly.
Large group meetings help to*:
- plan and implement organisation-wide change
- solve complex problems
- facilitate breakthrough thinking and innovation
- enable organisational learning
- create community
- revitalise the organisation
* Gower Handbook of Training and Development
The main roles that I have been mandated with for leading groups from 50 to 500 people: process facilitator, change agent, interactive public speaker, interviewer, panel moderator, story-teller, animator, improviser, silence and timekeeper, trainer, first follower of ideas.