I loved learning more about visible thinking, thinking routines and virtual facilitation in this episode with my special guest, Claire Bown founder at Thinking Museum.
Claire is based in Amsterdam and works internationally. She has always been fascinated by developing methods that help people to engage with art and museums creatively and in a thought-provoking, inquiry-led way.
Claire does a great job helping museum teams to ask great questions, to achieve discussion-based programmes around art and to make visits much more interactive using a simple structure. She helps museum and art gallery teams to share their deep knowledge and enthusiasm in an interesting way that goes beyond sharing facts.
Visible thinking enriches learning and thought. Its central idea is making thinking visible.
Thinking routines are short, easy-to-learn practices and steps that can be used regularly in different ways. For example, "see, think, wonder" provides a structure for being curious about and questioning an object or theme. The approach teaches users to ask better questions.
Thinking routines can also be combined and each has a different focus.
We discussed the relevance of this to innovation sessions and how they will work well in a number of settings such as customer experience, brand development, business growth and more.
We also explore how museums and galleries have been innovating through the covid-19 lockdowns and social distancing measures and building their virtual facilitation and digital skills.
Claire shares her top tips for engaging, interactive virtual facilitation.
Claire runs a membership, and holds great training sessions on visible thinking and thinking routines.