Art and Successful Meeting Collaborations

Of equal importance to effective problem solving as the approach, are the conditions or environment. At Kingbridge Conference Centre & Institute we strive to provide an environment that is not only conducive to formal learning, but rich with  informal learning opportunities.

Informal learning, by its nature is unplanned and fortuitous and the physical environment can do much to enhance thisprocess.Throughout Kingbridge you will find exhibits and artwork intended to promote conversations on perspective and interpretation which can ultimately prepare attendees to engage more effectively during the meeting.


Last week an organization that frequents Kingbridge, having noticed the array of artwork and exhibits, decided that in addition to appreciating them for their thought provoking properties would like to learn some of the stories behind them.  On a tour of the facility we explored Escher’s use of perspective and diversity and how both these factors are key elements for meetings.

We stopped at the world’s largest Klein bottle, a boundless 4 dimensional construct and inspiration for the Kingbridge logo, since boundless, out of the ‘box’ thinking is what we believe makes a meeting.  Then made our way to the library where you will find a small Stirling Engine, a nod to the marvels of technology next to a wine glass bent at the stem by the telekinetic powers of a mentalist – just to remind us that even science (and scientists!) don’t have all the answers.


The list goes on from areas dedicated to humour, impression and perception – but you’ll have to come for a visit to experience them!<a style="color:white"

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About John

“John Abele is a pioneer and leader in the field of less-invasive medicine, For more than four decades, John has devoted himself to innovation in health care, business and solving social problems.” He is retired Founding Chairman of Boston Scientific Corporation. John holds numerous patents and has published and lectured extensively on the technology of various medical devices and on the technical, social, economic, and political trends and issues affecting healthcare. His major interests are science literacy for children, education, and the process by which new technology is invented, developed, and introduced to society. Current activities include Chair of the FIRST Foundation which works with high school kids to make being science-literate cool and fun, and development of The Kingbridge Centre and Institute, a conferencing institution whose mission is to research, develop, and teach improved methods for interactive conferencing: problem solving, conflict resolution, strategic planning, new methods for learning and generally help groups to become “Collectively intelligent.” He lives with his wife and two dogs in Shelburne, Vermont.”

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