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Time to Think
The gift of time+attention to think aloud, and listen to others’ thoughts, feelings, ideas
The gift is called a Time To Think Council, and this Council aims is to enrich my thinking on the book project an agent named Euan Thorneycroft proposed to me, late last year.
As the Council is about making something that does not yet exist, the people who will contribute the most with the greatest of ease are those who are comfortable with ambiguity and willing to consider unforeseen or unexpected connections or associations.
What: Time To Think Council to aid Kate’s thinking
When: Monday 3 April, sometime between 11am-3.30pm, for 2.5 hours.
Where: Cromwell Tower, Barbican EC2
Ruth McCarthy - session designer, leader, Faculty at Time to Think
Fiona Dawe CBE - Time To Think consultant, former CEO of national charity
Matt Mower - technology expert, consultant to entrepreneurs, storyFORMer
Kate Hammer - host, owner of the challenge
Meg Peppin - business consultant on organisation development, culture change
Andra Sonea - fintech technologist, #NoDust writer/speaker
Maisie Sadgrove - 3rd Year Dance Studies student, #NoDust contributor
Kuki Taylor - Wellbeing and Life Coach
Aly King-Smith - Founder, MD The Bird Table Ltd, co-founder Equal Talent
Sophie Paton-McDermott - Business Director, Make Happy creative marketing agency
Lucia Komljen - TBC
Speed of Courage, a book in progress by Kate Hammer
In January, I outlined a book that will help readers learn my approach to acting with courage.
Courage is something different to confidence. My book will explore this difference and also provide people with thinking tools and suggested experiments to help them expand their comfort zone.
The book is a natural fit for business readers (and airport bookstores). My ideal reader for the book is my daughter, aged 25 (she is 12.5 years now). With her future self in mind, I’m striving for a work that can stand outside the self-help/personal development as well as comfortably sitting within it.
My friend and kindred spirit Donna Pace has already offered to take the manuscript to Edward de Bono, her close colleague, for him to write the foreword. Edward is the author of 57 books in 34 languages, and 20 countries have embedded his approaches in their national education systems. Donna gave the book its title in January.
Time To THINK
Structure for our time together
The session will be a Time To Think Council, perhaps with a bit of my value story design process (storyFORMing) as a closer. Ruth McCarthy will lead the TTT Council. She is my teacher and my friend.
Four of us will bring with us the skills to work within a Thinking Environment. If you’ve never been at a Time To Think Council, it’s a memorable experience. The Council will give me time and space to discuss the book and any concerns I have, and use a gentle structure to allow each person around the table to reflect on their experience of my thinking, and the associations or questions from their own lives my words kindle.
We'll meet here at Cromwell Tower, Barbican EC2 for about 2.5 hours during the workday on Monday 3 April, in my live/work space. My family insists on a shoe-free policy so please come in socks you're happy for us to see. Please also bring a pashmina or light layer, as the temperature indoors fluctuates with the weather.
I don’t have budget to cover rail costs or offer honoraria, so in addition to a drinks, light lunch or snacks, I’ll offer everyone who joins the 2.5 hour session a SparkDeck. This deck of 50 photographs made on 395 micron tarot card stock is a treat to use, on your own or in groups.
Where and when
We’ll meet here at Cromwell Tower, Barbican EC2 for about 2.5 hours during the workday on Monday 3 April, in my live/work space.
I don’t have budget to cover rail costs or offer honoraria, so in addition to a drinks, light lunch or snacks, I’ll offer everyone who joins the 2.5 hour session a SparkDeck to take home. This deck of 50 photographs made on 395 micron tarot card stock is a treat to use, on your own or in groups.
Helping us to communicate more clearly
Indy and Ricardo (my business partners) will set up two HD cameras. Once the TTT is concluded we'd like feedback from participants: on the TTT Council as an experience (for Ruth’s website) and on the book (for the book’s website).
People do look different when they are truly thinking independently. Perhaps Ruth will ask for silent footage of the TTT itself. Anticipating this, we've rigged a way for our Yeti microphone to float above the meeting table, securely and above people's sightlines. By capturing the audio we have the option of using it as a "texture" alongside music. Pure silence on video might seem odd.
To join the Thinking Council, please bring with you a willingness to be recorded in these ways. On the day, we'll ask each of you to sign a simple permission form. The form will include fields so you can suggest whether or what part of your name & profession appear inside the edited footage.