Pattern Spotters


This is a useful tool that helps individuals and groups reflect on an experience. Sometimes referred to as “generative” questions, they can generate insights and dialogue by opening group participants to each other’s ideas. The questions ask for five perspectives on a single event.

allows for a view of the whole event at once. It provides broad reactions.
allows individuals to state what they missed or what they say that didn’t fit the general patterns.
allow the expression of paradoxes that occur to the observer.
allows them to say what happened that they didn’t expect, giving voice to more potent emotions like fear and joy.
allows individuals to pose their next questions and prepare for further learning.

Dialogue generated by these questions have the potential to expand a group’s shared understanding of each other and learning from the event in question.