The curse of predetermining outcomes

Chris Corrigan

Entraining your mind to outcomes is the hardest practice to beat as a facilitator working in complexity. Whether it is learning, strategy or design, if you are in the complexity domain your attachment to an outcome is highly dangerous. Courtesy WRme2 on flickr.

Polarities to help design harvesting

Chris Corrigan

Yesterday in a webinar for the Art of Hosting Applied Practice cohort I threw out a set of ideas around harvesting that were prompted a bit by experience and a bit by the questions that participants were asking. ” The act of paying attention to that is called “harvesting.” ” Harvesting planning needs a coherent scheme to structure the work and it is important to focus on all kinds of different outputs and outcomes from a process.

Through the Dark Mountain: A Harvest of Myths

How to Save the World

Here is the Harvest, in alphabetical order (grouping seemingly related myths, and some of their opposites): Activism: that well-coordinated activism at the right scale can change the world.

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Simon Hearn on Online Community Facilitation

Nancy White

What Simon Hearn of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) does for his community of Outcome Mapping practitioners is facilitation, management, technology stewardship and plain old leadership.

Graphic Facilitation Workshop September 23-24, 2013 – Registration Open!

Michelle Laurie

Warming up at Graphic Facilitation workshop. I am pleased to announce that there will be a Graphic Facilitation Workshop in Rossland, B.C., Facilitators, project managers, team leaders and members, town planners, teachers and anyone who would like to engage others beyond words. .

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A collective harvest of the four fold practice

Chris Corrigan

Here is a snippet of the harvest from our work this week: Presensing and hosting yourself. Prepare for surprising outcomes. be clear about the purpose of and the intended harvest of a conversation. Art of Hosting Facilitation PracticeThe last couple of weeks my deepening of perspective on the four fold practice of the art of hosting has continued.

Planning in pure dialogue

Chris Corrigan

We started talking and discovered the path as we went being very careful to harvest. As skilled dialogue facilitators, we are also skilled dialogue practitioners and we have a refined practice of hosting and harvesting our own work. Don’t control the outcome.

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Can we role model graphic recording? Part 3 in the series

Full Circle Associates

” The field trips were “harvested” by our newly-trained sketchnote artists from Monday’s workshop. The second part of the opening was a conversation between the outcoming and incoming secretaries of GFRAS… the handing of the baton.

Coming out of the Graphic Facilitation Closet | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Graphic Facilitation Workshops Beyond doing graphic recording myself , I offer two kinds of workshops on the practice of graphic recording and facilitation. Then come learn to write on walls, the practice of graphic recording and facilitation.

Online Facilitation Workshop | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Home About Full Circle Contact Resources Wiki Full Circus Full Circle Associates connections for a changing world, online and offline… Nov 03 2007 Online Facilitation Workshop Published by Nancy White Upcoming Dates: The next workshop has not been scheduled. The first part will be two intensive weeks on the basic processes of online facilitation. ″ technologies on online facilitation. Learning Outcomes – Second Section – Facilitating in a Web 2.0

Some things that work in real reconciliation dialogue

Chris Corrigan

Everyone at a table had a question they needed answered or a curiosity about the outcome. Art of Harvesting Art of Hosting Facilitation Featured First Nations Learning World Cafe

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Exploring future possibilities by mapping “dispositionalities”

Chris Corrigan

We deliberately created a space where things were allowed to fail or radically change and we harvested learning all the way along. This learning was summarized in a report, but the bigger harvest was the capacity that each participant built to take steps to sense, design and implement change initiatives with a better informed complexity approach. At all costs avoid any announcement of a change initiative or idealistic outcome based targets.

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Basic design for extraordinary conversations

Chris Corrigan

This is often when those of us who are consulting facilitators are brought into an organization. Each of these phases has to be designed in the beginning, but with space for emergent outcomes. The second phase is hosting and harvesting.

“Not to fight with one another”

Chris Corrigan

gathered around smaller tables, paper in the middle, markers available for everyone to write with… So how do you begin a meeting with people who are invited to take up the ownership of the outcome? And it had a lot to do with this tiny intervention of public ownership for the outcomes.

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Trying to make developmental evaluation easier

Chris Corrigan

One begins managing projects towards the evaluation outcomes, in order to give the best chance of an initiative surviving and continuing to attract resources. Summative evaluation will look at the gap between expected outcomes and what actually happened and suggest how to adjust for next time.

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How chaordic design unfolds

Chris Corrigan

These nine steps help us stay focused on need and purpose and design our structure and outcomes based on that. The last two steps, Practice and Harvest, help us to shape our outcomes, create a process for impact and create useful artifacts and documents of our learning process that can help others to continue the conversation. Art of Harvesting Art of Hosting Conversation Design Facilitation Learning

Strategic planning using the World Cafe and Open Space

Chris Corrigan

Harvested main themes in group. Opportunity map outcomes. Developed the values for the non-profit from this harvest. Our process ran like this: Prepare a harvest wall with five blank spots for reporting, each with one of the five topic headings. These participatory processes are far more than “just talk&# and with wise planning and focussed harvests, they are a very fast way to make headway on what can otherwise be tedious planning processes.

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Art of Hosting beyond the basics: a new offering

Chris Corrigan

One of the threads in our gathering was and exploration of how the practice of hosting and harvest conversations in the world can be applied to working with groups in ever increasing scale and influence. Art of Hosting Collaboration Facilitation Leadership

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Mapping the World: the INGENAES Global Symposium and Learning Exchange

Making CommunitySense

To answer these questions, renowned group facilitator Nancy White , INGENAES Associate Director Andrea Bohn , and I came up with a participatory process involving producing the actual map, facilitated sensemaking sessions, lots of commitment, as well as the essential bit of fun!

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Mapping the World: the INGENAES Global Symposium and Learning Exchange

Making CommunitySense

To answer these questions, renowned group facilitator Nancy White , INGENAES Associate Director Andrea Bohn , and I came up with a participatory process involving producing the actual map, facilitated sensemaking sessions, lots of commitment, as well as the essential bit of fun!

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What do we mean by engagement online? | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Now that some very crude and un-scientific definitions of engagement are on the table, let’s look at how we, as facilitators, can encourage engagement online. If that is the reality, consider sub groups and weave ideas between them as their facilitator.

GEWR Online Event After Action Review | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

There still needs to be follow up to turn the conversation into tangible outcomes. Nancy found it very useful as facilitator.) Due to travel and availability we were not always actively facilitating the groups.

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Online Community Purpose Checklist | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Purpose/Outcome What is the desired purpose and outcome for the group? What are the group’s specific outcomes or process goals? an outcome oriented group may be compiling a set of useful practices for use in the field. How are these outcomes negotiated?

Online Community Purpose Checklist | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Purpose/Outcome What is the desired purpose and outcome for the group? What are the group’s specific outcomes or process goals? an outcome oriented group may be compiling a set of useful practices for use in the field. How are these outcomes negotiated?

Online Community Purpose Checklist | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Purpose/Outcome What is the desired purpose and outcome for the group? What are the group’s specific outcomes or process goals? an outcome oriented group may be compiling a set of useful practices for use in the field. How are these outcomes negotiated?

A Slow Community Movement?

Nancy White

But then, after being continuously involved in research, feedback, official and private interactions of all kinds, after 1 1/2 years something happened that I came to call “harvest time&# because things (results) just came to me as if for free.

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Online Community Purpose Checklist | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Purpose/Outcome What is the desired purpose and outcome for the group? What are the group’s specific outcomes or process goals? an outcome oriented group may be compiling a set of useful practices for use in the field. How are these outcomes negotiated?

Red-Tails in Love: Birdwatchers as a community of practice | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

monthly topic calls) Projects – interrelated tasks with specific outcomes or products (i.e.

Journalism That Matters Pacific NW Conference | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

The first conversations yesterday were about why we were there and what best possible outcome we might expect.

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From workplace courses to global conversations

Nancy White

′ or ’social networking’) which allow an individual to build a unique online presence and profile including what they know; and, they facilitate connections between individual users, allowing each user to build a personal network around a knowledge area. Build trust and share outcomes rather than a stack of rules and restrictions. She is active in initiating, facilitating and participating in networks formed by farmers and rural inhabitants.

A Slow Community Movement? | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

But then, after being continuously involved in research, feedback, official and private interactions of all kinds, after 1 1/2 years something happened that I came to call “harvest time&# because things (results) just came to me as if for free.

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A Slow Community Movement? | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

But then, after being continuously involved in research, feedback, official and private interactions of all kinds, after 1 1/2 years something happened that I came to call “harvest time&# because things (results) just came to me as if for free.

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Leadership in Uncertain Times | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

The final outcome of the work is not visible yet, but I think I delivered quality consulting in a way that was probably more flexible than if we had met face to face.

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Talking and Walking Collaboration | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

You may be motivated on some tangible outcome.

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Talking and Walking Collaboration | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

You may be motivated on some tangible outcome.

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Talking and Walking Collaboration | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

You may be motivated on some tangible outcome.

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Talking and Walking Collaboration | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

You may be motivated on some tangible outcome.

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Talking and Walking Collaboration | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

You may be motivated on some tangible outcome.

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Talking and Walking Collaboration | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

You may be motivated on some tangible outcome.

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Talking and Walking Collaboration | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

You may be motivated on some tangible outcome.

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Social Media Planning and Evaluation for NGOs | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Examples of social media evaluation efforts: Understanding the value of facilitation of social media interactions - ROI on Community managers Dutch perspective on ROI WiserEarth Community Evaluation Metrics Questions: What communications objective do you want to try and support with social media?

Lessons about invitation

Chris Corrigan

Whenever I am asked to teach methodologies I always spend a significant amount of time actually talking about invitation and harvest, because it is these practices that actually contribute to a productive and meaningful conversation, rather than just using the methodology. Invitation has always been a big part of my facilitation practice. We often meet in ways that deaden us to each other’s humanity in the name of efficiency or focus on outcomes.

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Need Your Feedback on my Triangulating Thinking | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

THANKS Triangulating for Success: a practitioner’s experience using external networks to leverage learning and outcomes within organizations and institutions Introduction Organizations and institutions are ostensibly places for learning and getting work done.