Foam Core — We’re Obsessed

Back by popular demand … a previously printed and still seriously relevant blog posting from 2009!

You know from time to time we do get excited about seemingly strange things here at IdeaConnect! The latest? We just love foam core — 40″ by 60″ foam core to be more specific (we like the 3/8th inch although it is also available in 1/2 inch).

We’ve found these thin white boards to be magnificent tools in our facilitation of LearningConnect sessions. The 40″x 60″ size is perfect for our wall sized templates and with the assistance of a flipchart or even an easel, we can work effectively in rooms that have less than wonderful wall space. And, WOW! these foam core walls have 2 useable sides (yes they are magical)!!

Remember, an important element of grounded facilitation is taking care of the Operational physical details. Sometimes all the stuff required for LearningConnect even overwhelms me! So recently we’ve prepped our very portable, very light, yet surprisingly strong “walls” well before DataCollection sessions. This allows us to be more relaxed and attentive to facilitating and being with the team and workshop guests.

And when we travel, we arrange for a local art supply store to deliver 10 or so boards directly to the facility, conference center or hotel where we’re working. When we arrive our foam core boards are waiting for us to get to work. It doesn’t get better than that =)

 

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About Lynette McCormack

Graphic facilitator and designer of non-traditional Qualitative Market Research, Knowledge Transfer, and Organizational Learning approaches. Co-founder of AH HA! (facilitation and consultation) and IdeaConnect (tools, workshops and training for Facilitative Leaders). Creator of LearningConnect®, a facilitated Qualitative Research Approach and KnowledgeConnectTM, a facilitated Knowledge Transfer and Innovation approach. As a facilitator, I take joy in creating and holding space for energy to flow while real work happens, guiding client teams to reach new levels of learning, collaboration, and alignment. Through use of graphic tools, conversation, journaling, storytelling and collage our sessions enable client teams to see the big picture together, create shared understanding and collective knowledge to make decisions and confidently move forward. I have presented at conferences hosted by QRCA, IIR & PDMA, ASTM, Pegasus, and the Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI). We offer comprehensive training in our LearningConnect qualitative research process and facilitative leadership and workshops in intention setting, personal visioning and journaling. ... and I blog. Check out my personal offerings at www.radiate-from-center.com

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