Diamond of participation
We checked into our day by silently self organising ourselves by our height.
Then Bronagh offered a model of how groups all go through a process of Divergence: where many diverse ideas and perspectives come forward. Then Emergence where newness happens and then Convergence where we begin to make a plan and come together for action. She spoke about how often we avoid the emergent phase also know as the Groan zone as it feels uncomfortable. But this is also the Grown zone where we really feel the edges of what we know and a much needed place to learn to host and hold well, as its often here where innovation and new possibilities lie. You don't want to stay here forever though, its important to design meetings so that they can come to some conclusion and find a way forward. This is the real art of hosting, how and when to move though these phases and sensing what's ready to conclude or not.
Andy Steve Chris Nick and Jed opened the space for us to call and be in the conversations and questions we now wanted to explore
The following groups met and reported back their key findings
How do we keep in the loop and gain momentum?
How to start a conversation on health and wellbeing in my organisation and make it a priority?
How to show impact of current deprivation in Morecambe?
How important is broad representation and how do we achieve it?
What is it that we want?
How do we involve different cultural groups?
Getting parents into conversation around experiences of maternity services
How do we harvest all the conversations that will happen?
Who is having the uncomfortable conversations?
8 breaths of design
Thank you for:
All the advice and questions
All the support and encouragement
Helping me make it happen
After another delicious shared lunch, Linda offered a teaching pattern on what makes for good process design. What are all the things you need to think about when designing and hosting conversations. Getting really clear on the need and the purpose and also the team who you might work with ( don't go alone ) Finding a good question takes time and is a great measure of how well you are reading what's at stake. Invitation is an art, how do we invite well and then let go of our need for certain people to participate. You can use any of the tools for your meeting, but they are just tools. Your questions, purpose and what you want to harvest will guide the design of the meeting. Take time to harvest and make sense of the patterns and themes that come out. Follow up actions and take time to reflect and learn. What, so what and now what are useful questions here. Finally pay attention to holding the whole of the process, seeing it beyond a single event and take a birds eye perspective. Who is tending to the well being of everyone in the system?
Finally Gaz Austin and Paul hosted us into a design lab. Inviting people to put forward real projects that they were working on and that they wanted some help with. A template to help everyone think though the design principles was provided and we spent an hour in small groups developing the projects and asking some questions to help the project holders get clear on what they were trying to do. Some peer coaching followed, everyone moved to a new table and heard a quick summary, then the project holders turned their backs and listened in to the new groups response. Not being able to respond allowed some strong feedback to come forward. Finally the project holders returned to their groups and spent some time in summarising where they had got to and what their next steps were
These were the projects and next steps