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Episode 111

May 5, 2021

111: More Space for Innovation through Facilitation with Dan Levy

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    Facilitating innovation in times of need, the world of ‘futuring’, examining greys in a black and white world – these are big topics, but Dan Levy explores them with guile and clarity.

    This is little wonder, as Dan is a deeply-experienced in a variety of fields. Moving from sports media to UX design and later to facilitating strategy and innovation, Dan’s CV is a rich, broad spectrum of fascinating experiences.

    He joins me in this episode to talk about a little bit of everything – from the nuts and bolts of how and why he facilitates innovation workshops to creating wild ideas in the process of ‘futuring’.

    It’s a real smorgasbord of thought-provoking nuggets. Tuck in!

    Find out about

    • How lateral thinking, design, and a little inspiration from his son led Dan to start his business
    • Exploring the grey areas and shades in a world obsessed with black and white choices
    • Understanding innovation as an outcome, not a process
    • Why facilitating innovation in-house should come before outsourcing it
    • Exploring ‘futuring’, its role in facilitation, and vice versa
    • Dan’s methods for empowering clients to get the right people in the room
    • How to deal with dissenting voices in a workshop – and why we shouldn’t simply try to silence them

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    Questions and Answers

    01:01When did you start calling yourself a facilitator? 01:53What is “your world”? 03:35Which is more important in facilitation – confidence or expertise? 09:34What’s the story behind your company’s name – More Space for Light? 13:23What role do shades play in our lives? 18:20What are the opportunities and challenges in facilitating organisational innovation? 23:23What are the opportunities and challenges in facilitating organisational innovation? 29:45Where is the line between the urge to outsource innovation and being forced to innovate? 32:49What is ‘futuring’? 34:40Is it important to invite dissenting voices to a workshop? 36:09What makes a workshop fail? 37:10Whose responsibility is it to make sure the right people are in the room? 39:46Is there a sweet spot for the number of participants in a workshop? 49:12What’s your favourite exercise? 52:40What is the one thing you would like listeners to take away from this episode?


    More Space for Light’s Website

    The Future of Now, the monthly talkshops Dan organised following the pandemic

    More Space for Light YouTube

    Connect to Dan

    On LinkedIn

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