The journey of our book
From the Dutch central Book Sprint Hub, Mary Alice hosted the virtual daily check-in and check-out meetings. It was her task to create the ‘container’ or ‘holding space’ in which all co-authors felt welcome and facilitated to co-create their contributions. Every meeting she took the time discussing questions like “where are you now?”, “what do you need?”, “what can you offer?” and “what have you learned about yourself?”. These questions evoked deep insights about the book creation process and really connected co-authors in their shared mission of creating The Visual Facilitation Field Guide.
This hosting freed the hands of Jeroen, Rachel and Tim to facilitate the co-authors working around the globe and around the clock. This combination of hosting and facilitation turned out to be very effective mix.
At 6PM CET, just before dinner at the Dutch Book Sprint Base, twenty-five co-authors in the USA, Canada and even one in Brazil had just woken up for their first Book Sprint day. Headquarters of this region was in The Grove offices in San Francisco. The writing process in this region was led by co-editor Rachel Smith. With the handful of people including Mary Alice on the screen, co-authors in this region had their first check-in meeting. The last region had started!
Check-in meeting with co-authors the Americas region. Top right: Ben Tinker virtually hands over the ‘talking stick’ to Brian Tarallo.
Also the first day for this region came to an end and it was time to check out. As the adrenaline was flowing in Jeroen’s body, he decided to stay awake until 2AM CET to join the first check-out meeting. At 3AM he brushed his teeth with a big smile. The Book Sprint now really had started for everybody!