Thoughtstream Customers are leaders who know the value of meaningful engagement. They encourage and appreciate diverse opinions, considered thoughts and time for reflection. They use Thoughtstream to access unique ideas and to discover the priorities of group ... but don't take our word for it.
Here is what our customers contributed and prioritized in a recent Thoughtstream Engagement:
Why is using Thoughtstream important for you or your organization?
What are some key examples or ideas of when Thoughtstream can be used to engage a group?
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"Parents are excited about using Thoughtstream for school planning and to complete a follow up on survey results so that we can understand these results with more depth and value to the feedback. The Thoughtstream input allows us to dig down and understand what the numbers mean on the satisfaction survey results so we can take action with real data that has depth and meaning rather than using flattened data that only points to a problem but fails to understand the problem and fails to provide any direction in coming up with efficacious solutions or strategies."
Dr. Wes Neumeier | Superintendent of Schools | Prairie Land Regional Division #25
"Superintendents and public leaders often find themselves in challenging situations where they are trying to make the best decision to benefit the most people. I’d like to help spread the word because I think superintendents everywhere should be using Thoughtstream to make decisions by actively engaging their communities."
Piet Langstraat | Superintendent | Red Deer Public Schools
"The Canadian Association of Principals is very pleased to be partnered with Thoughtstream. The use of a 21st Century learning tool is not only powerful in it's own right but gives a powerful message to parents and students. Thoughtstream, as the name suggests, is a unique way of asking for constituent involvement in decision making. It is a tool that does not ask; "what do you think of my ideas?" but more powerfully asks individual of groups; "what do you think and what do you like about what others have to say?"
Consensus can be almost effortlessly achieved."
William (Bill) J. Tucker | President | Canadian Association of Principals
"In order to identify and deal with questions about how to move forward in making CASA the voice of senior educators across Canada, we had to find a way to engage everyone in a meaningful process. Thoughtstream provided that process for us.
I was very pleased at how effective the process turned out to be as it gave people a chance to be open and transparent and appreciate the engagement the process offers."
Ed Wittchen | Professional Development Director | Canadian Association of School Administrators
"I’m an educator and I recently used Thoughtstream for a course with a group of distributed students. The thing I loved about Thoughtstream was that it was incredibly easy to use and the students learned in a deeper and much more efficient way than with other online tools I have tried such as Moodle. Instead of simply submitting work and then being asked to comment, the group learned together as they contributed, reviewed and prioritized each other’s thoughts in a meaningful and organized manner. Another huge benefit was that the Ts reports made record keeping amazingly simple for me. I am really looking forward to using this again on other learning projects."
Deanne Zeidler | Instructor | Nicola Valley Institute of Technology
"I believe school communities are starving for this kind of input, and I couldn’t be happier that we chose to go with Thoughtstream to engage our parents.”
Cam McKeage | Associate Superintendent | Prairie Land Regional Division
“We are really looking forward to continuing to use Thoughtstream to engage our partners, staff members and the communities we serve about meaningful strategies for improving and expanding our services across the Interior of BC"
Ann Smith | CEO | Axis Family Resources
“Thoughtstream presents opportunities to engage students, staff and parents on a whole new level and, at a school like Shawnigan which prizes meaningful relationships, it
is a natural fit. It is a simple and powerful system and I have not seen anything else like it. Shawnigan Lake School is proud and excited to be using this technology to further our development as a 21st century learning organization."
David Robertson | Headmaster | Shawnigan Lake School
"Our board is geographically distributed and even simply getting everyone together at a single time is a big challenge. With Thoughtstream we were able to get answers to the key questions involving the board without ever having to meet or have a teleconference ... If we had used email we'd still be working through this 7 months later. Thoughtstream let us get the input we needed, reach consensus and move on to the next issue."
Kelvin Saldern | Kootenay Association Science and Technology (KAST)
“People find it easy to participate and the depth and breadth of the responses in the Thoughtstream process is very impressive. The Choose process is an excellent opportunity to see what people really think as a group. The reports from this process will really help to inform our decision making and I am really looking forward to “streaming” more questions.”
Jeff Jones | Superintendent, CEO | BC School District 8
“(Thoughtstream) has already been really helpful in my position as some tricky/sensitive issues came up and Thoughtstream feedback is already helping me get the clarity and understanding I need to respond.”
Deborah Schwartz | Executive Director for the First Nations Health Directors Association Secretariat and for Community Engagement
“Innovation and collaboration are two of the values of our Elmwood School, which lead us to consider Thoughtstream and how it could help us engage more members of our community. Though we've just begun using Thoughtstream, it has already helped facilitate the first steps of our strategic technology plan at Elmwood. It allowed people to respond in an open and honest way without being influenced by others. It also helped to empower them to help set priorities of what things should be addressed first... We have also successfully used it with a Grade 5 technology class to help create our technology essential agreement for Junior School."
Teresa Stirling | Director of Communications | Elmwood School
"Thoughtstream is a new and useful tool for collaboration and decision making and I've never seen another software solution quite like it," says Miguel Borges, Principal of IT for School District 92. “I've used it in our district both on a flexible timeline and during a face to face meeting with good results. We recently used Thoughtstream to make a decision around technology at a principals meeting. By gathering ideas digitally, converging them and then having everyone vote independently on the best answer we arrived at a solution that no one had anticipated but everyone was pleased with. The entire process took 15 minutes and normally a decision like that would have taken an hour and would have ended with a different result."
Miguel Borges | Principal of IT | School District 92
"We recently conducted a "global digital workshop" using Thoughtstream to gather inputs from a panel of experts spread across four continents. The depth and richness of the material gathered was (at least) at the same level as we would have obtained had we spent 3 days together in a face to face meeting. What is more, the cost was a fraction of what it might have been, if we had held the workshop in one place. Thoughtstream is definitely an incredible tool for harnessing the power of a far-flung network."
Simon Gifford | Director | Genesis Management Consulting Limited | United Kingdom.
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"Using Thoughtstream undoubtedly contributed to the great success of our annual face to face board meeting as we were able to think and work toward consensus ahead of time online. With prioritized responses to key questions on the table, our time spent together was compact and very productive. We were even able to agree on our mission statement in 35 minutes which in my experience is unheard of! Now that I have experienced the benefits I am confident we will be able to continue to use Thoughtstream to tackle all sorts of projects in a cost effective and engaging manner."
Doug Dietz | Executive Director | Alberta Technology Leaders in Education (ATLE)
"We are currently piloting Thoughtstream in SD 85 and I am impressed by its relevance and effectiveness as we move toward articulating a new Strategic Plan. We are building our capacity for engagement in the District and this process has been useful in getting
a sense of the power of Thoughtstream by working with it “in house” before taking
it live to the public. Our principals and vice-principals have been able to experience the process of building and responding to a Thoughtstream. I’m looking forward to seeing our individual schools use the approach to generate valuable feedback for our Strategic Planning processes. Unlike the normal process of "testing software" I have found this interaction to be engaging in and of itself. Support from Thoughtstream staff has
Scott Benwel | Superintendent | School District 85, BC Canada
"Over the years, we have tried surveys and but they are not mutually beneficial or informative to the parents and it is difficult to really know what to do with the data. We've been looking for a way to connect with parents in a more efficient and organized manner. We were searching for methods of communication that would help parents organize their thoughts and opinions before going to the next step. In this vein, I am so thankful we found Thoughtstream."
Mike Lundine | Principal | Pauline Haarer School, Nanaimo, B.C. Canada