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Often we only focus on one or two dimensions of life experiences:


“Did you have fun?”

“Did the students learn the material?”

“Did we fulfill the grant requirements on time?”

“Are revenues higher this quarter than last?”


In doing so, we miss out on much of the value of the experience.


Talk Tiles help people think about and articulate 8 different dimensions of their experiences. Each of the 8 colored tiles with everyday words corresponds with one dimension of the Wenger-Trayner value-creation framework.

When people share more comprehensively about their experiences using Talk Tiles, they’re more empowered to learn, grow, and become better at making a difference. 


Talk Tiles can help enrich communities of practice, classes, professional teams, community groups, family gatherings, etc. The slideshow below includes great examples of simple and impactful ways to use them.

We would be happy to give you a set of tiles. Our goal is to get these into the hands of people who can use them to make a positive difference in their work and communities. You can get one (or more) sets from us or we can teach you how to make your own. They're intended as a simple, appropriate technology that can be adapted to different contexts and accessible to all.

If you'd like to support this effort, please consider donating to the WWU Center for Community Learning. Funds will help us buy supplies, dedicate time to making the tiles and teaching about them, and cover mailing costs.

Importance tile on white background

Importance (Strategic Value)

Red tile with the work changes on white background

Changes (Realized Value)

Pink tile with the word support with whitebackground

Support (Enabling Value)

White Tile with the word Action on it.

Actions (Applied Value)

Yellow tile with the word identity on it on a white background

Identity (Transformative Value)

Purple tile with the word feelings on it.

Feelings (Immediate Value)

Green tile with the word possibilities on it.

Possibilities (Potential Value)

A red tile with the workd place on it.

Place (Orienting Value)

We don't want to stifle your creativity...but here are a few ideas to get you started with Talk Tiles:

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