Kevin Holt

Conversation Mapping

This post is about a meeting method variously referred to as conversation mapping, dialogue mapping, or argument mapping and a software tool that supports it. Conversation mapping is the outgrowth of Issue-Based Information Systems (IBIS), an idea first proposed in

Where is thinking?

We think inside and outside our head We take it as obvious that we think in our head, that the brain is the organ in which thought occurs. [i] But what is now obvious was once obscure. The ancients thought

What is thinking?

Stop and think about it. How many times a day do you utter some variation of the word think?  For example, “I need to think about it,” or “I’ve thought about it,” or “I’ve been thinking about it.” Now think about

Collaboration requires shared space

Michael Schrage is a Research Fellow at the MIT Sloan School’s Center for Digital Business. He is the author of several critically acclaimed books, including No More Teams!: Mastering the Dynamics of Creative Collaboration. The major theme of his book


Collective Intelligence + Artificial Intelligence + Strong Processes&Behaviors = Super Intelligence In 2001, I read about electronic brainstorming technology, a computerized meeting system developed by the University of Arizona and IBM. I arranged for a demonstration at the 40-seat facility

Strategic Issue Diagnosis

You think things are changing fast? You ain’t seen nothin’ yet. We’re just at the start of changes in technology, global competition, and geo-demographic transformations. Futurists tell us that the rate of technological change is accelerating, along with related changes

Innovation: It Matters

Innovation is hot. Perhaps too hot says the Wall Street Journal’s Leslie Kwoh, who declares, “Innovation is in danger of becoming a cliché—if it isn’t one already.”1 Innovation, she elaborates, was mentioned 33,528 times in last year’s quarterly and annual

Kevin Holt

Kevin W. Holt, the founder of Co.Innovation Consulting, is a strategic planning consultant and meeting facilitator who specializes in computer-supported meetings. He is the author of Differentiation Strategy: Winning Customers by Being Different, published by Routledge in 2022.