How to handle of process of co-creation?
There exists a wide range of Large Scale Interventions (LSI). Examples of such co-creative processes, the so-called ‘Large Group Interventions’, are: Future Search, Open Space, World Café and Appreciative Inquiry. These methods have a number of characteristics in common.
- The right parties take part in the process: people from the organization with a direct link tot
the issue and people from outside the organization who can contribute with their influence,
knowledge or power.
- The issue is explored in all its aspects from different perspectives (‘frames’).
- Through a structured dialogue the people involved build common ground.
- The focus is on what connects people and not so much on what divides them.
- To conclude, self-management is an essential principle: the people involved are responsible
for the process, the outcome and for the implementation of the results in their organisation.
However, there is much more to designing and facilitating LSI, than just implementing a method!
The 10 principles of facilitation
In the program we focus on the basic attitude of the facilitator as a critical condition in the facilitation of a LSI. This basic attitude is based on the 10 principles of Marvin Weisbord and Sandra Janoff. These principles make up our framework during the program.
Principle 1: bring the whole system in the room
Principle 2: control what you can, let go of what you can’t
Principle 3: explore the ‘whole elephant’
Principle 4: let people be responsible
Principle 5: find common ground
Principle 6: master the art of sub grouping
Principle 7: make friends with anxiety
Principle 8: get used to projections
Principle 9: be a dependable authority
Principle 10: learn to say no if you want yes to mean something
Target group, approach and methods of the learning process
This learning process targets managers, professionals, consultants and those who are interested in new ways of organizing and collaborating. We welcome participants from companies, not for profit organizations, NGO’s, public institutes, as well as freelance consultants.
This program consists of different steps, spread over a period of 6 months. The team of trainers is made up of very enthusiastic and experienced LSI facilitators.
“The more you manage the conditions under which people meet, the less you will need to manage their meeting behavior.” (Weisbord & Janoff, Don’t just do something, stand there)
- Individual preparation (reading)
- Action learning: set up an LSI event in your own practice or organisation
- Collaboration in buddy pairs: support each other in the implementation of an LSI project in
your working environment
- Introductory sessions in group: input about the LSI methods, basic principles, attitude of the
facilitator, success factors and pitfalls
- Experiential sessions in group: experiencing a specific LSI method
- Feedback sessions: critical evaluation of the method (group and 1/1)
- Review sessions: reflection on the learning process in the group
- Take up the role of co-facilitator: co-facilitate a session in group
- Individual coaching sessions
- Self assessment: personal facilitation style
Approach and phases in the learning process
- Individual intake and personal preparation
- Two days training in group
- Initiate an LSI experiment in the professional environment, supported by a buddy from the
- Come back day in group (3 months after the start)
- Follow-up of LSI events in practice
- Closing day in group with reception (6 months after start)
+ a coaching session on request in the period between the two day training and the closing day