Workshops and conferences inspire energy and excitement about a topic across a community. It’s easy to decide with people in the room, but it is challenging to keep that momentum beyond the workshop. We return to daily routines and new challenges take a priority. Workshop amnesia happens to the best of us - but let's fix it.
During this Backstage Pass session, my teammates at MURAL joined a working session to help collaborators drive momentum beyond an event. We were determined to find a solution to workshop and conference amnesia with what we called a “gift canvas” in MURAL.
A gift canvas exists reminds people what happened during a workshop, conference or conversation. We deliver the gift canvas during or soon after the session to reduce the risk of forgetting the activities and actions.
“Traditional” ways to capture artifacts and conversations -- like slides or word processors -- waste precious time and resources that facilitators need to keep momentum with the group.
With a gift canvas, facilitators and teams can:
The content in a gift canvas depends on the type of event. During this working session, our team unpacked and mapped the value of a gift canvas for different events. We agreed that:
Meetings and workshops need ways to create accountability for the team and have a reference point for follow up actions and meetings
Conferences need ways to connect participants and provide inspiration about the key topics in a session.
Whether you have 2 or 2000 people in a gathering, a gift canvas is a powerful way to say, “I heard you and understand. Here’s what we created together. Here’s how we will extend the conversation.”
We found inspiration from past workshops to determine the key “ingredients" in a gift canvas. Thanks to a quick round of brainstorming, we determined that they key elements include:
Whether you host remote or in-person workshops, a gift canvas in MURAL will help you build upon the powerful discussions you have. Have an example you’re excited to share? Need help to create your gift canvas? Let’s connect and create one together.
💻💡 See our teamwork in this canvas.
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About MURAL Backstage Pass 🎫
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