What to expect during a CE

CE etiquette

Sequence of the CE sessions
The structure of each live session is predefined as follows, but the CE builds in room for participants to take stock so as to inform future proposals for improvements in these structures.

Before the first live session: You review the scenario, these expectations and mechanics, sign up for the private google+ community for the specific CE and for the wider public CE google+ community in which can double post if and when you choose). Get the required plugins installed for hangouts (by initiating your own test hangout) and make sure you have a functioning headset and are familiar with muting your mic (when not talking) and opening up the hangout chat panel (using tab on left hand side).

Session 1: Participants getting to know each other: Freewriting to clarify our thoughts and hopes, followed by a check-in (which gives us a chance to acknowledge what is going on for each of us in and beyond the CE), participants take an equal amount of time (5-7 minutes) to tell the story of how they came to be a person who would be interested to participate in a CE on the scenario.
Session finishes with us gathering and sharing our thoughts.

Between-session work: Spend at least 90 minutes a) on inquiries related to the case and posting about this to google+ community for the CE; and b) just before session 2, review the google+ community posts of others. (If you are wondering how to define a meaningful and useful line of inquiry, review the scenario for the CE, any associated materials, and posts from other participants. Think about what you would like to learn more about or dig deeper into. You are, in the end, left to judge for yourself whether what interests you is meaningful and useful.)

Session 2: Clarify thinking and inquiries: Five-phase format: Freewriting on our thoughts about the case, followed by a check-in. Then turn-taking “dialogue process” to clarify what we are thinking about the case. Session finishes with us gathering and sharing our thoughts as we look ahead to making work-in-progress (W-I-P) presentations in session 3.

Between-session work: Spend at least 90 minutes a) on inquiries related to the case and b) preparing a W-I-P presentation.

Session 3: Work-in-progress presentations: (5-7 minutes total for each participant [depending on the number of participants]) Plus-delta feedback is made by everyone on each presentation (posted as a chat on google+ for the community). Time permitting, participants also speak some questions or make suggestions.

Between-session work: Post additional feedback on presentations (optional). Digest the feedback on your presentation and produce final report by revising W-I-P presentation, uploading it to somewhere accessible (e.g., google docs or a blogpost) and posting a link to the google+ community for the CE. Begin making reflective posts (optional).

Session 4: Taking Stock: using Five-phase format: Freewriting to bring our thoughts to the surface, followed by a check-in. Turn-taking “dialogue process” to explore our thinking about a) how the CE contributed to the topic and b) to the experiential goal, as well as c) how to extend what has emerged during the CE. Session finishes with us gathering and sharing our thoughts as before, but this time we will be reviewing the whole CE (using a format like http://bit.ly/CIQ2m but posted to the google+ community).

After session 4 (optional): Participants share on the wider community not only the reports they have prepared but also reflections on the CE process.