September 29, 2021
132: Can we automate the facilitation of deep conversations? with Edric Subur
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It was in the arid air of Burning Man that Edric Subur first felt Warmspace flicker in his mind and heart.
Connecting deeply, sharing widely, and being radically – Edric wanted to capture the feeling of genuine understanding and connection and bottle it. Or, to be more accurate, automate it.
Edric built, iterated, tweaked, and launched Warmspace – a tool that facilitates deep connection through guided video conversations – with that same desire still burning at its heart.
Now, a year and a half after starting the platform for human connection, Edric has plenty of lessons, insights, and observations to share about the format for facilitating connections between people… without ever being in the room with them.
What a wonderful episode!
Find out about
- The mechanics of Warmspace and the beating heart that drives it
- Why connection is simultaneously a means to an end and an end itself
- Which three guiding principles help Warmspace create psychological safety between strangers
- What it looks like to take the principles and structure of Warmspace into a corporate space
- How to encourage participants to use their voices when they feel there’s nothing to say
Questions and Answers
01:07When did you start calling yourself a facilitator?02:06What label would you give yourself?05:01What is Warmspace?10:17What was it about Burning Man that sparked this idea?
14:59Where would you start with a group of people who aren’t comfortable being vulnerable?
16:21What effect does physical presence have on these conversations?
32:08What is an exercise you use to celebrate participants?
34:29How do you move a group from understanding the purpose of a workshop to sharing a party together at the end?
38:16What’s your favourite game?
42:05What would your advice be to someone who wants to bring more joy and ease to their workshops, but doesn’t know where to start?
48:34Where do you get the confidence from to decide to play a song in your workshops?
50:54What’s your ritual to slip into a parasympathetic, positive state of mind?52:46What’s next for you? What’s your vision?54:02What is the one thing you would like listeners to take away from this episode?