In what ways do you think, we could make the virtual world more human?

Some ideas I collected from my group in the Thinking Environment Foundation course I did recently are:
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  • Think about what information you could send to people before the meeting to make them feel at ease
  • Do what you need to before the meeting to feel at ease and free of distraction
  • Give each person a chance to speak without interruption
  • Create a virtual table so people will know when it’s their turn to speak when you’re doing a round
  • Warmly greet people as they enter and ask them how they are
  • Use people’s names
  • Ask people what they need the group to know so they can feel at ease and free of distraction
And as Nancy Kline would say, the most important thing is to ask people what they think and listen, with all your attention and without interruption.
This is how we create a place that says to people that they matter. Because when people feel like they don’t matter, their thinking suffers, they feel small and we miss out on their brilliance.
How do you think you can create an environment that tells people they matter?
Drop me a line and tell me your thoughts, they are important and matter to me.
My thinking for this letter has been influenced by Nancy Kline’s books Time to Think and More Time to Think. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. There is no additional cost to you and I only use affiliate links of products that I use myself.

The Ten Components of The Thinking Environment

Listening with palpable respect and genuine interest, and without interruption

Treating each other as thinking peers; giving equal turns and attention; keeping boundaries and agreements

Offering freedom from internal rush or urgency

Giving courage to go to the cutting edge of ideas by moving beyond internal competition

Incisive Questions™
Removing untrue assumptions that limit our ability to think for ourselves well

Allowing sufficient emotional release to restore thinking

Offering genuine acknowledgement of a person’s qualities; practicing a ratio of 5:1 appreciation to challenge

Supplying the facts; recognising social context; dismantling denial

Welcoming diverse group identities and diversity of thinking

Creating a physical environment that says back to people, ‘You matter’

The Ten Components of The Thinking Environment are the copyright of Nancy Kline of Time to Think
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