Creative Plus Business are expert facilitators of the collaborative and practical workshop format known as a charrette. We have worked extensively with government, commercial and not-for-profit groups to help them use this fast and inclusive framework to work through challenges and reach a shared vision for an idea, a plan, a strategy or a creative project – all in one day!
The charrette is ideal for creative organisations or groups who need to reach quick agreements about the challenges surrounding their identified project. The intensive nature of the charrette can forge strong relationships, identify root causes and priorities, and quickly coordinate agreements. Ultimately a charrette can also contribute to an over-arching strategy, funding document or business plan.
Our charrette clients include
How does it work?
Groups of people who have been chosen to participate in the charrette work together for a period of time (usually a day or half-day) discussing an over-arching topic by breaking it down into smaller challenges (called Rounds). Each challenge is worked over several times by each small group, and there is a presentation and an opportunity for facilitated feedback between each Challenge Round.
What is the outcome of a charrette?
At the conclusion of a charrette each group will have a list of priorities actions relating to their Challenge, and a draft of who will be responsible for taking practical steps towards those actions. The goal of the charrette is not necessarily to prepare an absolute solution, but to explore and understand all the issues at hand. The charrette creates a framework where directed brainstorming and open collaboration can occur in a fast and focussed way, with agreement as the desired result.