Harvesting is an approach we use with groups interested in helping participants in a session understand content and conversations at a systems level. Attention is directed at emergent themes, patterns, and points of divergence and convergence across a set of sessions, modules, or conversations.
We often combine this approach with more focused panel or presentation scribing to allow participants to see details in each piece as well as the connections across the pieces. This tandem approach requires two or more scribes on site, and requires more planning and coordination with the Client. This upfront work is aimed at co-developing a visual structure or framework for the content of a session—often these are structures already used or referenced by the organization, which helps participants engage with the content more readily.
Our knowledge walls can range from 10 to 100 feet, depending on the complexity and duration of the event, the number of scribes in the team, and the available floor or wall space.
We frequently work with Clients to devise engaging processes that allow participants to contribute to content captured on the wall (either in their own hand or by adding post-it notes). We can also integrate content from social media in sessions where we want outside voices are represented in the final image.
Our integrated images, as they evolve over the course of one to five days, prove incredibly useful for participants to track their understanding alongside the physical progress of the wall. As a standalone image, the final digital picture enables participants to communicate their experience, further bridging the off-site time with “back at the office” application of gleaned insight.