Whether we like it or not, it is becoming increasingly common to use a laptops and mobile devices in face-to-face meetings. I am interested in exploring how the availability of these devices might provide new ways of organising the meeting process and facilitating interactions in meetings. In particular, I see some potential for the collective (self-)management of meetings. What I have in mind is a web-based application that meeting participants would open on their devices and which would add an additional layer of communication to the meeting and the question is then: how can this digital communication channel be used.
A simple example, which is already possible and which I have seen people use in their meetings is a shared google document in which all participants can take notes (and comment on each other’s notes). Another example is that some participants use Skype, SMS or some other chat channel to communicate privately during the meeting (“whispering”). Some people have taken this as far as having “silent meetings” where most or all communication takes place through the digital channel. But what else is there between those two extremes of private chat-use between a few participants and collective chat use that basically replaces verbal communication?
During the coming days, I will post some more ideas (most of which are not yet possible with existing applications) of what kind of functions have become possible with the omnipresence of digital technology and I will link those posts below. I’d be curious what you think of them and whether you have any other ideas. (As with any technology, each of these also has it’s down sides, but in order to not make this post too long, I am focusing on the benefits here.)
- Automated stack
- Time economy
- Audio snippets (documentation)
- Mood-meter (continuous polling)
- Feedback during presentations
This post is now a Wiki, which means that it is editable for others, so if you post your own idea below, you can edit this post and add a link to your post to the list.