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WiW Notes 10

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I hosted a dinner yesterday. The last time I organized an in-person event was a year before COVID. Since then, my thinking and tools changed (/developed), so it was interesting to consider and plan.

I knew I wanted to balance small talk with deeper conversation and experiment with introductions and other types of auto-pilot behavior.

I wrote three prompts on paper (see image) and asked everyone to read, pick a question, and pass the deck onward. Then, everyone introduced themselves by way of answering the question. I then let the conversation continue freely, and when I sensed it needed to open more, I did another round, this time asking, What can you wish yourself?’ followed by What do you want to ask the universe (present dinner table included) to promote that wish.’

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From that point, the conversation meandered in small and more profound directions, including other people suggesting prompts.

Towards the end of the evening, I consciously chose to stop the conversation (which would have gone on for much longer) and land us back into a Tuesday evening.

I am sharing this experience (and a doc of older prompts from Thirdness), hoping it might contribute to your practice and thinking about techniques.

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I enjoyed reading Adam Kahane’s Facilitating Breakthroughs, which builds on ideas in Power and Love that I repeatedly recommend.

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