Top hints

On this page we have distilled a few top hints for running a Ketso workshop.

Getting off to a good start

Clear introductions

Make sure you introduce the aims of the session and give an overview of the workshop process at the beginning. It is a good idea to say roughly how long each stage will last, to give people a sign post and help you manage the discussions. It really helps if you briefly describe how participants will use each piece of Ketso, as clearly as possible.

  • Download a slideshow (PowerPoint) here that will help you to introduce the kit and how it works. This has pictures to help you lead people through the process easily.
  • You can see exampkles of how to introduce the kit and stages of the process in this how-to video on running a Ketso workshop. There are also sample scripts for introductions in the sample workshop plans.
  • Note that you may need to go around the tables and repeat key points and demonstrate how to use the kit. It is especially helpful to demonstrate moving the leaves to form clusters of leaves.

Keeping everyone engaged

Everyone has leaves

Make sure everyone has some leaves and a pen.

  • Sometimes one person will hold on to all the leaves and try to act as a scribe.
  • You may need to check that everyone gets leaves again at each stage, as new leaf colours are handed out.
  • You may also need to check that people are using the pens provided, not their own (which won't wash off).

Think then share

At each stage give people time on their own to develop their ideas (and write or draw them on leaves) before sharing them with the group.

  • You will need to state this clearly.
  • This point is covered in the slideshow you can download here to introduce Ketso.
  • You may need to repeat it at several stages, especially if there are some dominant people in the groups.
  • Ask participants to read one leaf at a time and take turns to place their leaves. Leaves can be discussed and moved afterwards.

Keeping it simple

Introduce one element of the kit at a time

  • It is a good idea to introduce each element of the kit one by one, so participants don't get overwhelmed and are able to focus on what you are asking them to do.
  • A warm-up exercise to introduce the leaves and how to write on them, placing them on the back of the small felt Ketso Planners that come with the kit is ideal. Leaves can just be read out and placed on the small felts without worrying about where they go.
  • This hint is especially important if you are working with people with learning difficulties, but is helpful for all kinds of participants.

Use one colour leaf at a time

  • This is a good general rule of thumb, as it helps people focus on the question in hand and reduces confusion
  • This also allows you to use the leaves to ask different types of question - e.g. what do you like / what is good about this, what are the future possibilities, what are the challenges, how can they be overcome. This encourages a more holistic view, considering the topic from different angles, and helps people to think more creatively.

Start with the felt folded to hide the branches

  • Keeping the themes (on the branches) hidden at first means that people can develop their initial ideas before they see the themes you have provided (if you have provided themes).
  • This allows people to start thinking along their own lines, then to relate them to themes after they have started, rather than worrying about getting the answers 'right'. 
  • After some ideas are developed (a few minutes), open the felts and ask participants to see where their ideas fit. The branches can then act as prompts for more ideas.
  • It is important to have at least one blank branch so new themes can emerge!