IAF methods Database Newsletter August 2010

From the IAFMD team
Welcome to the Methods Database newsletter! This month’s method is something created last week for a face-to-face meeting of 120 people. It would work just as well as a way of reporting to virtual colleagues—you could post the movie posters on a website for viewing and have the reflection at a teleconference later on.
Method of the Month
Movie Posters
We see posters advertising new movies quite often in public places. They summarize with visual images, a dramatic title and a few critical phrases, an entire story and its characters. This method aims at letting the group create the poster for their “movie”. It can be used for summarizing learning, for reporting on team activities over the past period of time, for building a common story about something that has taken place in the organization.
Introduction:
In order to create today’s reports, imagine that you are creating a movie. In one hour, please return with the poster for your movie (like the posters you see in public places advertising movies). Think, for example, of the posters for “Gone with the Wind”, for “Star Wars”, for “Mr. And Mrs. Smith”. (Refer to posters you yourself have seen recently.) The poster tells the story. Distribute flipchart paper and lots of colored markers.
Procedure for the teams:
1. First of all, review the elements of the story you want to communicate.

2. Secondly, decide what sort of story you would like to tell. For example, you could:
• Make an epic, like “The little team that could…”
• You could create a fable: “Once upon a time, in a humble IT department far away…
• You could create a first person story: “I looked terror in the eyes when I saw..”
• You could be the International news bureau and interview team members about their achievements: “An exclusive interview with..
• You could be one of the customers who explains how his problem was solved,: “We thought we were doomed, until…
• etc

3. Now create your poster. It should have four elements:
• Title of your story
• Subtitle that explains what the story is about
• 3 scenes from the story
• One critical line from your story: a supporting quotation, a line from one of your characters, etc.
Closing Reflection:
Have an art-gallery sort of area where teams can hang their posters and everyone (perhaps as a tea and coffee break) can visit and read what is posted.
Close with reports from each team (if a large group, ask only for the titles and subtitles) and a reflection on what people have seen and heard:
• What were some of the poster images that struck you?
• What phrases are still ringing in your mind?
• What were ways of telling our story that really “worked” for you?
• What were some new insights you had into what we are doing here?
• What would you say is our next step with this story?

Last Month's Poll
Our question last time was: With what sorts of colleagues do you typically co-facilitate? The results were:
I facilitate alone, without co-facilitation - 33 %
I facilitate with other facilitators like myself- 40%
I facilitate with graphic facilitators or cartoonists- 0%
I facilitate with artists (visual artists, music, song, dance)- 0 %
I facilitate with content experts- 27%
I facilitate with professionals from fields other than my participants- %
Questions for the Poll?
Remember that if you have a question you would like to pose to your fellow facilitators in our monthly poll, please let us know; we would like to learn more about how facilitators work!