These days, evidence-based practice is all the rage.

If an article fails to include a few references to what "research shows," we don't find it compelling. "Follow the science!" they say.

THE science?
As if there was a single scientific answer to every question!

In reality, researchers approach their work from many angles. In this workshop, we'll learn about research into the online meeting experience from the perspective of meeting attendees.

How do organizational power, gender roles, and the desire to be productive collide in online meetings? Through a combination of narrative and data analysis, we'll hear new research exploring that question.

Then, we'll broaden our thinking by breaking into affinity groups to discuss the study's implications.

Join us to take on the perspective of the Meeting Scientists, Business Leaders, or Meeting Participants. Each group will explore what this research might suggest for those people. Then we'll compare notes to see where these differing views converge–and where we'd need to dig further to find alignment.

Session Takeaways
In this fascinating workshop, you will:
  • Learn about new research into online meetings, including an experimental way of presenting these findings
  • Enjoy an intellectually stimulating conversation about the intersection of power, gender, and productivity in online meetings
  • Discover different ways of looking at a meeting, and how you might combine these perspectives to create new value
  • Experience group activities developed for groups working in complex situations


About Our PresenterS


Sophie Thunus is an Associate Professor of Health Care Services Management at the Catholic University of Louvain, Brussels. In 2009, as a junior researcher, she joined a European research project that involved a long string of international scientific meetings. She thought they were amazing: these encounters brought together a wide array of different world views, and though they required endless adjustments, they also allowed for wider horizons to open up and for unexpected solutions to emerge. Meetings became the focus of her research, centering on political and inter-organizational meetings dedicated to building networks of mental health services. What she observed is sadly common: too often, defensive reactions flood meetings, and ideologies and political or personal interests take over. Hence, she became particularly interested in the mechanisms that make it possible to harness the enthusiasm generated in meetings to turn hope into change and reorganization. MeetingWell, the narrative-based approach to meetings that she has created with Caroline Godart, does exactly that: through a recourse to storytelling, participants, whether in companies or public institutions, invent ways to counter their own tendency to reproduce hierarchies and inequalities, and rekindle the creative potential that each meeting holds.


Caroline Godart, PhD, is a writer, dramaturg, editor, and educator. She is based in Brussels, her hometown, where she moved back after graduating from Rutgers University with a doctorate in Comparative Literature (2014). Besides several academic articles and many conference papers, she is the author of The Dimensions of Difference: Space, Time and Bodies in Women’s Cinema and Continental Philosophy (London: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015). She currently teaches philosophy at E.R.G. (École de recherche graphique, Brussels) and is a frequent mentor at A.PASS (Advanced Performance and Scenography Studies, Brussels). Alongside her academic career, she is active as a dramaturg in the buoyant Brussels performing arts scene, where she collaborates with choreographers, stage directors, and visual/sound artists, and is the editorial co-director of Alternatives théâtrales, a Belgian-French performing arts journal. This unique combination of skills, partaking of writing, art, mentoring, editing, and academia, nourished by her personal and professional experiences on both sides of the Atlantic and a passion for human interactions, has led her to collaborate with Sophie Thunus to develop MeetingWell, a narrative-based approach to understanding, appreciating and improving meetings.