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Contact Information Ib Ravn (1004801)
Learning Lab Denmark
Tuborgvej 164
Copenhagen, DK-2400
Denmark
+ 45 28 95 95 01
ravn@dpu.dk
Credentials I am an associate professor at Learning Lab Denmark, a research center at the Danish School of Education, of Aarhus University, Denmark. I head a research group that focuses on knowledge sharing and its facilitation at meetings and conferences. Before joining Learning Lab Denmark, I was a process consultant with two Copenhagen consulting firms and an acquiring editor with an international book publisher, also in Copenhagen. My Ph.D. is in social systems sciences from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. I have written three books on science and society and, with my colleague Steen Elsborg, the recent "Learning Meetings and Conferences in Practice" (People's Press, 2007). This book presents results from a research and development project I directed, "The Learning Meeting", that includede four meeting venues (such as Radisson SAS Hotels, contact Ole Sorang) and one large customer, Danske Bank, Denmark's largest bank.
Biography
Ib Ravn is a researcher and consultant with Learning Lab Denmark at University of Aarhus, Denmark. He heads a research group that focusses on knowledge sharing and its facilitation at meetings and conferences. Before joining Learning Lab Denmark, he was a business consultant and a book editor. His Ph.D. is in social systems sciences from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He has written three books on science and society and, with his colleague Steen Elsborg, "Learning meetings and conferences in practice" (People's Press, 2007, 89 pages, available at the MPI book store). This book presents results from a research and development project, coordinated by Learning Lab Denmark with four venues and one large customer, Denmark's largest bank.
Speakers Bureau? No
MPI Conference Experience
Conference Session
2007 PEC-Europe The 'Learning Meeting' and Simple Techniques for Participant Involvement
2008 PEC-NA How to Create Learning at Large Meetings by Involving Participants
2008-2009 Platinum Program The 'Learning Meeting' and Simple Techniques for Participant Involvement
MPI Chapter Experience None
National/International Experience
Conference Year Presentation Title
The Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Honolulu 2005 The Learning Conference
European Conference on Knowledge Management, Paris 2004 Creating Knowledge at the Learning Meeting
The Meeting Support Institute, Belgium 2004 Learning Techniques for Large Meetings
 
Presentation

Title The Knowledge Exchange: An efficient ninety-minute process that helps 40 people share knowledge about what matters most to them
Description Large meetings and conferences often provide time and space for networking and informal knowledge sharing. Although some meeting participants can work a room like a president, most are unable to make maximum use of the many potential contacts gathered. "The Knowledge Exchange" is a tightly facilitated process that addresses this need and helps people find those three or four people in the room they would most like to talk to. This session demonstrates the process to the 40 participants present. Seated in a circle, everyone lays out a hook for others to seize: one professional challenge and one resource they can offer. After the round, everyone gets up to introduce themselves to the people whose resources they could use or whose challenges they can help with - in a series of seven-minute conversations interrupted by glasses being tapped for everyone to change partners. Everyone is allowed to get right to the point: How can you and I use each other?, while the many concurrent conversations and the brisk partner changes ensure a lively cocktail-party mood. We conclude the experience by extracting personal learning points from this process, as well as considering how each participant may use this process at their next meeting. A detailed four-page description of the process and how to facilitate it will be handed out to all participants. The Knowledge Exchange was designed by the instructor at Learning Lab Denmark.
Take-Away 1 A specific knowledge-sharing process that can be implemented at a meeting by any moderately experienced moderator, as guided by the four-page description of the process handed out.
Take-Away 2 The powerful experience of facilitated networking and knowledge sharing at its best: This is the kind of outcome and fun to be had if meeting formats were made to include specific processes for professional sharing.
Take-Away 3 Insight into the inclusive principles of lateral knowledge sharing -- being an alternative to the top-down PowerPoint information dispensing that constitute most large meetings and conference.
Level Intermediate
Skill Family Meetings Management
Audience Meeting Professional
Session Length 1.5 Hours
Time Allocation 15 minutes: Initial instruction and preparation of the round-robing. In the large group. 30 minutes: The round robin where everyone lays out their hook (see description of presentation). 30 minutes: Concurrent mini-conversations ("cocktail party") 15 minutes: Debriefing in the large group, takeaways.
Record Presentation? Yes
Format Learning Lab
Co-Presenter? No