These are some of the resources we find very useful. Let us know about the things you've found valuable, way cool, or worth checking out.
Storyboard your next meeting with these storyboard icons from Group Jazz - download zip file.
GroupWork Pattern Deck
This deck of 91 full-colour cards names what skilled facilitators and other participants do to make things work. The content is more specific than values and less specific than tips and techniques, cutting across existing methodologies with a designer's eye to capture the patterns that repeat. The deck can be used to plan sessions, reflect on and debrief them, provide guidance, and share responsibility for making the process go well. It has the potential to provide a common reference point for practitioners, and serve as a framework and learning tool for those studying the field. You can buy the cards or download them for free.
Design thinking Toolkit for educators
The Design Thinking Toolkit for Educators contains the process and methods of design, adapted specifically for the context of education by the team at IDEO. IDEO (pronounced "eye-dee-oh") is an award-winning global design firm that takes a human-centered, design-based approach to helping organizations in the public and private sectors innovate and grow.
IDEO Methods Cards
IDEO also has some fun "methods cards" that can provide some trigger ideas for ways to explore a problem or opportunity.
Tom Yorton: Improv for Business? Yes! recorded at Business Innovation Factory conference 2012
Design Thinking Tools
Anthony Middlebrooks and Jules Bruck have created several different way cool resources around design thinking and creativity including a bookmark that highlights design elements and design principles. Tony is a leadership expert whose research interests include the integration of leadership with creativity and design thinking; the process of innovating via "outside the box" thinking and brainstorming.
SILK Method Deck
SILK is a small team based within Kent County Council UK that was set up in 2007 to "do policy differently." SILK has been doing projects which have demonstrated the benefits of working in a different way and have developed a Methodology and Toolkit which provide a structure for the way we work. The SILK Methodology provides creative and innovative ways to engage with people and approach projects, and enables a collective ownership and responsibility for project design, delivery and outcomes. The SILK method deck is a handy collection of methods, principles and prompt cards, which can be used by project teams, designers, project managers, social science researchers, community and economic development experts alike.
Network Weaver Handbook
June Holley's Network Weaver handbook is a practical guide for people interested in catalyzing a new network or enhancing an existing one. Each chapter contains a short section describing key concepts, case studies, and many activities. Following each chapter is a resource section with readings, handouts, checklists, and worksheets that you can easily duplicate and hand out to people in your network.
Netweaver was originally published by the Electronic Networking Association (ENA) from 1985-1991. Netweaver was one of first publications to be delivered only in electronic form. It was honored by the Computer Press Association as "Best Online Publication" in 1986. The focus of Netweaver was on the human and social aspects of online networking and on stories about how people were actually USING this new medium. With all the buzz about the new economy and the technology that supports it, these more human stories don't get the attention they deserve.