Creating Collaborative Consultation

Creating Collaborative Consultation

This past summer, the CMM Institute was invited to the Aspen Institute Communication conference to share CMM as theory and practice.  Jesse Sostrin, Beth Fisher Yoshida and Ilene Wasserman, all members of the Board of the CMM Institute teamed together to share the Coordinated Management of Meaning as a conceptual framework and a practical framework for consultation.
The weekend was a candy store for scholar practitioners.  Present were 10 people from a non- profit organization who were to be the focus of CMM as practice.  There were an additional 30 people present both from academic institutions and from consulting organizations. 
Imagine being a client and opening up to a group of 30 people who were learning inquiring and consulting at the same time.  Imagine being a learner who had the opportunity to collaborate and consult in real time.
Coming away from this weekend, the client felt inspired to apply what they learned from 30 consultants in the context of a model.  Coming away we felt that we had a chance to work collaboratively with a curious and adventurous group who were able to take away the newly found skill of applying the CMM tools and framework.
Thanks to the Aspen Institute, we enjoyed a new form of consultation. 

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