Jon gave us a basic introduction to Harvesting, not simply collecting the information that comes forward in any conversation, but using it to make visible and make sense of the themes and patterns that come out. It has many stages as identified in the graph below and is an often underused art in itself. It can take many forms from newsletters to poems, to videos, to journalling and you need to have a strategy to harvest both the visible tangible things as well as the intangible often hidden things that happen like better relationships and greater understanding.
Having identified the really special qualities of Barrow a small group met over lunch to turn the conversation harvest into a story: Here it is.
Jose introduced us to the concept of Chaordic. We played football, firstly experiencing chaos with its breakdown of all the rules. Then over ordered, over controlled football which for many felt just like management. Finally chaordic football had just enough order and just enough chaos and flexibility and movement for us to play well together.
This is the sweet spot of where we need to work, in the middle of chaos and order. Mike then explained the model a bit more and we considered which were our natural preferences and how we could each expand our ways of working.
How do we want to live and be in Barrow in the future?
Harvest Poem from the dreaming