To what extent does the physical environment in which we undertake a task (hold a meeting, run a workshop, write a paper), affect the outcome of that activity?
Does working in a small room, with glass walls – that you can write on – make for a better planning workshop?!
I ask these questions as the project met just before Christmas with our project co-design leads: SCONUL and RLUK, who kindly gave up some of their time to help us think about, and plan, the project’s report.
The workshop had two aims:
- Begin shaping a shared vision for the National Monograph Strategy, and;
- Collaboratively decide on main sections of the final report and sketch out content/headings in a little more detail.
The meeting ended up being incredibly productive; in around half a day we’d managed to sketch out a vision for the report and the structure and outline of content.
The planning workshop meant the project effectively got a lift up a couple of rungs on the report writing ladder – we sat down to do the writing with a clear structure and vision in place.
So, very shortly – maybe even by the end of this month – the draft NMS report will be published.
Then we want to hear from you and get your thoughts.
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