Thrive by 5: Foundation Workshop Full Notes - page 5

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WORKINGCREATIVELY&
COLLABORATIVELYWITHGROUPS
Theprocess ThriveBy 5 (and all Labs) will go through has
threemain elements:
1.
Diverging
–Opening things up, intentionally not
closing themdown, “breathe in”
2.
Emerging
– Intentional design for ideas, insights,
connections and relationships to emerge; frustration
is normal andexpected. If you’re feeling frustrated,
you’re in touch
3.
Converging
– Finding closure, getting concrete,
identifying next steps (this is intentionally at theend;
we’re not trying toget there half way through)
Part of our work together will be to help us seeour own
process.Wedo this by using the ‘Dance floor /Balcony
‘analogy:
1.
Dance floor
–Whenwe are actively doing thework
together
2.
Balcony
–Whenwe take a stepback, to reflect and
ask:What’s goingon here?What canwe learn here?
What canwedomoreof/less of?What ismy role in
the system I’m trying to change?
GroundRules
–Developedby the Team toGuideHow
WeWish toWork Together
Our ability towork creatively and collaborativelywithone
another is supportedby a set of ground rules for howwe
want towork together.We have agreed to holdourselves
accountable to the following:
• Be as present as possible; andgive thegroup a
‘heads up’ if youmight not be able tobe fully
present
• Keep funder-fundee relationships outside the room
o Come to the space as equals andbring your
whole self
• Provideunfetteredperspectiveof your constituency
(whether or not that is sharedpublically)
• Confidentiality:What happens in the room, stays in
the room
o We cannamewhowas present andwe can
repeat what was said, but not attributedirect
quotes unless permission has beengiven
• Be economical with the airtimewe take up andbe
conscious of howmuchwe speak
o Respect and consideration – hear other’s voices
o Respect diversity (of perspectives, howwe think,
howwework)
• Show up and if something happens let us know
o Bepunctual andon-time
• Support beingplayful
WHAT ISACHANGELAB?
Reos Partners’ purpose: To understandhowwe
can support diversegroups of peopleworking
on society’smost complex problems; seeking to
understand the how, not thewhat
Change Lab is a compositemethodology, that:
o Is designed to helpgroups respond to complex
social problems, by building thegroup’s capacity
to respond to emergence
o Creates a container where lots of peoplewho
care about and areworkingon the same topic,
but going indifferent directions, can ‘re-orient’,
such that we can all work together and in
mutually reinforcingways
- It is not about creating agroup-think place
for consensus, rather aplatformwhere
multiple interests canpush the systembut in a
supportivegroup
o Is porous, evolving, always changing
- As thework evolves, Change Labbecomes
muchmoreopen andporous and youget
constellations of actorswhowant todo
something starting to act together (but in a
collective frame)
- Creates a context where a high-capacity
team can act
o Provides away toworkwithour head, hearts and
hands
o Simultaneously involveswork at three levels, in an
interwovenway
- Individuals– builds our capacity to act as
individuals
- Team level – people collectively trying todo
something
- System level – inour case, theECD space
o Is informedbyU-Theory (BrianAuthor at Sante
Fe Institute) whichdescribes the innovation
process as having three steps:
- Sensing – sittingon the edgeof the system
you’re trying to understand and effect;
immerse yourself in its reality; get into the
mess from adiversity of perspectives (For
example, our first ‘sensing’ exercisewas 40
dialogue interviewswith formal and informal
leaders in theECD system, which culminated
in theThriveBy 5 synthesis report and
conveningquestions)
- Presencing – steppingback out of the
complexity and retreating from theproblem
space; allow for different ways of knowing /
modalities of understanding
- Acting –workingwithour hands todo things;
learn how to act andprototype and fail our
way forward tobuildour capacity to respond
to complex problems
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