At the third plenary meeting of IFF in spring of 2002 we decided to put our early emerging learning and insights to the test. We asked three different organisations to pose us their most difficult challenge, preferably one that showed up as a paradox, to see whether we had anything useful to offer people struggling to be effective in difficult conditions.
As part of the preparation for these encounters we developed a number of short pithy statements derived from our work to that point, designed to prompt us to recall our own learning. These 'IFF prompts' proved very effective in opening up new perspectives on familiar material and in prompting better thinking and action appropriate for the conditions of the modern world.
In response to the interest the prompts have aroused we manufactured a special set of IFF prompt cards which can be purchased from the IFF shop. They now enjoy wide currency and have been used in diverse locations – boardrooms, parliaments, prisons, schools... and so on.
Many people keep a set on their desk for inspiration in difficult moments or to suggest new angles on challenges they are working on during the day. You can also sign up for a weekly prompt, chosen at random from the set of 52, and emailed to you early every Tuesday morning.