Starting something or feeling stuck? Use these questions to see it in new ways—one or all of them can move you forward. 

Make some space & start exploring

Just make some space to ask these questions—on paper, board, screen, in your head or a conversation. Or use a worksheet or app in resources—you’ll find some example videos there too.

Go wherever moves you forward! Let all your thoughts out. If you're not sure, just add a "?" mark. Go see, ask, or try things to find out. You can always come back. 

Or follow the numbers. A way to remember: think “POPIE*:  People, Observations, Principles, Ideas, Experiments and back to what happens for all involved (#1&2). 
*pronounce "pop-ee", like popping out of your stuck. 

 

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Go deeper

 10 Tools 

Explore any question more. Explore different who, what, when, why, how. Question and change things. 
E.g. What's happening? Why? Why? What else is happening? 

Tap into another of your or others' Ten+ Tools (see picture).
E.g. What if I look, listen, or feel?  Learn what others do, think, feel? Draw, move, or make?  See what my heart or gut says?

Use the other spaces.
E.g. What observations or principles are behind the ideas I have? What happened from experiments I tried before? 


Tips for groups

Try this so that everyone is able to contribute and move forward together.

  • For each question, everyone takes a couple of minutes to collect their own thoughts on stickies or slips of paper. They just put one thought on each sticky/slip, using as many as they need.
  • Then 1 person shares just what they wrote for just one thought and puts it down on a big compass. Others with the same thought just put it down with the first (or writes a +1 on it). 
  • Someone else shares 1 thought, and so on till all the thoughts are out.

Thanks to Audrey O'Clair for this!

Also remember, small experiments with anything that's new! Try this yourself a couple times before using it in an important group moment.

Kari Ratka reflection onPD week-group.png

Please use and share! And just....

Many years have gone into these tools, with the dream of making a difference. All I ask is that you: 

  1. Credit them (to innovatorscompass.org and/or Ela Ben-Ur) so others can find them.
  2. Email or tweet your experiences for me and maybe others to learn from.