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Designing Large Scale Workshops with Platform Design
Tips to work with large groups and leveraging collective intelligence

If you’ve attended one of our live or remote events (Masterclasses, Bootcamps, Workshops) you’ve probably noticed how much we typically stress one point: we believe our methodology is very valuable to get to practical and actionable results, but we insist so much on the importance of continuous conversations and insights exchange among the participants.

So, in this week's post,  Luca shares all our experience in designing large scale interventions that would allow you to leverage on collective intelligence: we're living turbulent times and getting everyone's contribution in designing strategies that mobilize is becoming more important than ever!

Learn with us in these turbulent times 👨🏿‍🎓

Last week we've run our first remote online-live public masterclass over two intense days. We're baffled by the incredible energy of a group of 21 students that were spanning from Australia to Colombia!  
As one of our participants said: ...."Things feel more possible now than before this experience"

Based on this (amazing) experience we've restructured the program of the online version of our training courses to be spread on one more day respect to the face-to-face live events, thus allowing a lighter daily agenda which we believe is needed when you work on the screen, and we released a full plan of new events! 

In the process:
  • we transformed our currently planned Live event in Milan in May (19-21) into an Online-Live event: this will be the , first opportunity to attend our certification course online!
  • the next live Bootcamp has been rescheduled to September, we're hopeful that the Covid-19 situation will be at least much more clear after the summer;
  • we published two new Online Masterclasses (now more clearly called Platform Design Sprints): one in May (in Spanish! targeted to Spain and Latam) and one in June (in English). 
Below a screenshot from our online class board: 
Check the new possibilities below (click on each link to book your ticket):
Use PDTCOMMUNITY code to claim a 10% discount on all tickets except early birds
Stay tuned on upcoming news on our Research
Big news coming in a special newsletter in a few days. In the meanwhile, check out again our framing post and our first research update. If you fancy getting involved or supporting the research, express your interest here.
In the meantime, watch our first community sense-making session and put the next in your calendar.
Our curated list of the best reads, videos, and podcasts to inform and transform your understanding 👇
🗞️ Reads
UNMISSABLE  - The economics of food delivery platforms ↴
Our dear friend Sangeet Choudary comes up with a great read on food delivery platforms (post-pandemic). As always, Sangeet's analysis is on point, and aware of the systemic implications of the new  opportunities and challenges of platform thinking.
MUST-READ Situational Assessment: Right Now 
Jordan Hall elaborates with the usual clarity: where we are, what are the geopolitical, implications and the cultural evolution of the coronavirus outbreak. If you still don't have Jordan on your sense-making radar, we gladly suggest you to do it ... right now.
How Cameo Turned D-List Celebs Into a Monetization Machine  ↴
Interesting read about Cameo, an emerging marketplace to connect celebs and fans.

Hopefully, that's not the only thing that's left to invent with platform thinking but there's something to learn in everything.
How Will Things Be Different When It’s All Over? ↴
In this post, BCG Henderson Institute tells the story of the resilience of the enterprise and why Reaction, it's not enough and there's a need to focus attention on Rebound, Recession and Reimagination. Also sports some interesting data from China's recovery.
Defining Information ↴
A great complement to the post that made it to the newsletter last week (Zero Trust Information), this new post from Ben at Stratechery - "Defining Information" - helps us understand better how information ecologies emerge within time though social media.
The Age Of Community Capitalism   ↴
What if the success of a company is measured by the success of the community around it? Our dear friend Joost from Corporate Rebels, makes an assessment on the evolution of organization models, that are becoming a blend between the ‘network of teams’ structure and the ‘community approach’.
All our coaching and facilitation programs for organizations and teams are always available both in presence or remote and that our roadmap of releases will also bring you an alternative, online-based intense training equivalent to our 3-Day Bootcamp for certified facilitators during the second quarter.
🎙️  Podcasts
Society in Transition (Dr. Caitlin McDonald) ↴
An incredible podcast exploring the anthropology of the massive shift towards a remote-first culture of work in the age of #COVIDー19 by Ben Mosior with the awesome digital anthropologist Caitlin McDonald. Not for the faint-hearted!
A Search for Everything ↴
This week on Cohere podcast, an amazing conversation with Nilofer Merchant about #onlyness and creating value in networks: ever more relevant today in these times of crisis. As always, Nilofer speaks truth to the need to transform our organization in a way that leverages on everyone's potential.
The Delivery-Optimized Future of Food ↴
A truly superb conversation on A16Z podcast this week on the delivery optimized future of food: lots of food for thought re dark kitchens, our changing habits (in the context of the recent outbreak and beyond. How's the future of food going to look like in cities?
📼 Videos
Digital Platforms & Ecosystems ↴
Those three new Videos from G. Jacobides, M. Van Alstyne and A. Sundararajan have appeared on 2019 Platforms and Ecosystems report from WEF. A good reminder that you also can access a few case studies on that page.
The Unfolding Meta-Crisis and Coronavirus disease ↴
Two incredible sense-making videos on the covid-19 situational assessment: Jordan Hall (good complement to the post pointed out above) and the always extremely clear Daniel Schmactemberger (both videos by Rebel wisdom).
Play with Platforms: Platform Design Toolkit
Enjoy Platform Design Toolkit 2.2, grown on several years of experience with startups, corporations, and institutions of all kinds. 
Highlights on this release:
  • an updated Transaction Board canvas, now more explicitly helping you to work on reducing transaction costs in interactions;
  • an updated User Guide (2.2);
  • the possibility to instantiate a virtual board for online collaboration, thanks to our partnership with Miro, a leading online collaboration software worldwide.
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