Gary Wexler and his Millennial partners, Chris Agutos and Heba Gibani, present:
A NEW COMMUNICATION EVENT.
A 90-minute creative journey developing unprecedented solutions and big ideas for business and society.
A rectangular red table, surrounded by an audience.
Four on one side of the table representing the passionate opinions of a department or an issue.
Four on the other side of the table representing the passionate opinions of another department or issue.
The first 30 minutes:
TENSION. Let it fly between the two sides. No holds barred.
The second 30 minutes:
HUMAN COMMONALITY. Find out who each other is on the other side, as human beings.
The final 30 minutes:
CREATE. The participants on both sides and audience collaborate to create a big idea that can solve either a business problem or begin a path to societal change.
Artistic. Creative. Relevant. Challenging. Tense. Humorous. Meaningful. Energizing. Human.
Committed, passionate voices at the table.
Short performance art before, during and after.
Intent. Riveted. Participatory in the last segment. Celebratory at the end.
Listen to one another. Hear. Collaborate. And then create as a group.
An unprecedented idea or solution that changes the status quo.
A methodology that can initiative creative culture change within an organization.
A powerful and creative team building event.
The New Communication is an economic engine.
Everyone can access their own creativity, even if they think they can’t.
Everyone can communicate and work together.
The most recent Red Table took place between Special Olympics and its Corporate Sponsors. Here are A FEW REVIEWS.
"The Red Table lead us through the constructs and very quickly all parties were sharing insights and obstacles to working together. The entire room was engaged in the process. And when we broke into groups, we were able to realize 10-12 meaningful actions that could increase ROI for both sides of the table."
Bank of America
"I loved the energy of the program. Wexler and his colleagues kept us moving, thinking, focused--challenging us with fresh perspective on what the group was bubbling up. Fast, fun, thought-provoking and productive. We are already implementing ideas that came out of our workshop. A definite value-add exercise for any organization."
Toyota Motor Sales
"The interaction and excitement...it was great to have the generations so engaged with one another."
Special Olympics Southern California
"The Red Table provided a unique collaborative opportunity for our staff and corporate partners to identify ways to support not only our mission but our corporate partners’ goals as well. The team-interaction of tension, commonality and creativity led to actual fundraising ideas that motivated both. The resulting bonus was the development of a closer relationship with some of our greatest supporters. Kudos to Gary and team!"
Quotes from the Red Table event at the major national bank, where client confidentiality and legalities do not permit us to mention the name:
"The Red Table event was an incredible collaborative experience for our panelists and table participants. The freedom of expression built such creative energy in the room that the ideas exploded from the tables onto the easels which were then shared with great enthusiasm to everyone. Never have I seen and felt such participation among a large group of people in a strategic, nay, creative event. Thank you Gary, Heba and Chris for guiding us and showing how creative we can be together."
"Excellent program... a lot of tenured employees did not expect it. All three of you got the employees out of the comfort zone and made us leave the bubble of the bank. It took the most talented people in the bank and made them more talented."
"The Red Table challenged us to think differently. It helped us to become more collaborative and motivated us to actually execute the ideas created. The program also challenged leaders."
"The Red Table encouraged us to think creatively…it got people involved in a creative process."
"They pushed us to think outside the box and come up with ideas in a creative way.. very innovative."
"The creative process was the best part.. it started small and grew into something great."
"This event in particular got people reenergized.. it built creativity and helped people collaborate."
"I loved the second session—the tension and the creativity got people talking and more expressive. In the banking world there is no creative planning so The Red Table bought a different side."
THE LEGS THAT HOLD UP THE
We are a team of Boomers and Millennials, each one of us a successful business person and entrepreneur, all of us lecturers and graduates from the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism.