Evaluation rigour for harvesting

Chris Corrigan

In Art of Hosting terms, we might call this a harvesting plan. I think in the Art of Hosting and Art of Harvesting communities we get the first principle quite well, that participatory initiatives are, by their nature, developmental.

PLUME: five principles of harvesting

Chris Corrigan

This morning we began our Harvesting and Collective Sensemaking online course. Specifically these principles apply to harvesting in complex situations where you are using participatory methods to make sense of and make decisions. And what if collective learning WAS the harvest?

Harvesting from a harvest

Chris Corrigan

We ran a three day Art of Hosting and then did a one day Art of Harvesting workshop with about 40 members of the community of practice in Chicago. The focus of the day was on the art and practice of harvesting. Our design was simple…we began in circle with a check in around questions and thoughts about harvesting. In the afternoon we ran a one round Open Space for people to bring harvesting questions to the fore, and to work together on actual projects.

Community for the 21st Century Harvest

Nancy White

I simply LOVE these harvests. community community indicators events harvesting visual thinking wedialog

The #OCE2012 Harvest

Michelle Laurie

This year, the topic was “Facilitating and Designing Stuff” I have a lot to write on the process of team design and delivery (thanks to Nancy White , Sylvia Currie, Dave Pollard , John Smith and Alice McGillvary ) however recently I came across a harvest that I found absolutely delightful and want to share with you! I learned a lot during the day and I am glad it’s continuing with the harvest. How do we document, share and foster ongoing learning?

The Art of Harvesting

Chris Corrigan

in the Art of Hosting world we put a lot of emphasis on the Art of Harvesting. Locally, Amanda Fenton has been paying attention to this practice a lot and is harvesting tons about hosting and harvesting on her blog, which is worth a regular read. We’re in an interesting time in our inquiry around harvesting. Monica Nissén hosted a great session on the chaordic design of harvesting processes and a really useful tool will be developed out of that.

Harvesting and distillation

Chris Corrigan

In a little conversation this morning on the art and practice of harvesting we got into a conversation about the pattern of distilling. The whole field of the harvest is a field of potential. Art of Harvesting?. by gautsch.

A quick harvest from Art of Hosting Water Dialogues

Michelle Laurie

I went to a couple open space sessions on harvesting. One about the relevance of harvests and the other about sustaining the harvest over space and time. I recently experienced 2.5 days doing of joint training with The Art of Hosting and Waterlution called the Water Dialogues.

My Harvest from a Think Tank on Assessing Collaboration

Michelle Laurie

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) has worked for over a decade on research and capacity building for performance assessment and improvement of collaboration in order to help partnerships partner, alliances ally and networks work.

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A Bountiful Harvest

Chris Corrigan

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Harvesting and typology

Chris Corrigan

Some observations from recently harvesting for a group. The harvest artifact above is a sketch I did on a flipchart in the middle of a group last week who were debriefing conversations they were having about power. Art of Harvesting

Collective story harvesting

Chris Corrigan

In the Art of Hosting community over the past two years a group of practitioners have developed a tool called the Collective Story Harvest. I’ve had many opportunities to catch stories along the journey and this time, I’m here to report in on what’s been happening with the method of Collective Story Harvesting. Attached is the latest version of the document and it now includes: A group harvesting one story or set of stories together.

One introduction to harvesting

Chris Corrigan

about the art of harvesting. It includes an uncited hat tip to the Cynefin framework , and focuses on his particular field of education: Harvesting, as you know being from a tribe of long standing agrarian practice, (!) many systems do well at harvesting the artifacts (evaluations, studies, reports) but do very little in creating an architecture for implementing the results. Within schools there is a special kind of problem with harvesting. This is BAD harvesting.

Hosting the harvest

Chris Corrigan

Steven and I are putting into practice an idea that a number of us have been playing with for a could of years, namely hosting a reflective conversation space in which the conference participants can help create the harvest and meaning making about the whole event.

My Harvest from a Half Day at Seattle #Kaizencamp

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Harvest, neighbourliness and altruism


' There's no doubt that community involvement in the economically-critical harvest applied in many countries over centuries. I generally treat narratives of the decline of neighbouring with cautious respect.

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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What harvesting tool works best?

Chris Corrigan

A colleague emailed today and asked me this question: “which tool do you use when you have to analyse the content of your harvest with groups?&#. The principle would be this: “Participatory process, participatory harvest, simple process, simple harvest&# The primary tool I use in complex decision making domains is diversity. Art of Harvesting BC Collaboration Design Emergence Facilitation World Cafe

Some recent harvests

Chris Corrigan

So a little time to breathe and reflect on a couple of harvests. Second, a harvest poem from the Open Space I ran yesterday in Kelowna. With Open Space these days I am trying as much as possible to have a place in which a meta harvest can be collected and created. Most often this looks like a graphic recorder who gathers materials and snippets from the sessions and co-creates a harvest with session conveners and participants.

Harvesting learning about design

Chris Corrigan

Geoff Brown put up a formidable blog post capturing the whole process of our recent designing, planning and facilitating a conference in Melbourne. If you are interested in multiple ways of learning and understanding process as well as ways of telling a story, set aside some time and go dive into what he has written. As one who was there, all I can say is, bang on, mate! PS there should be some sort of blog award for “most formidable blog post.&# This one would win it

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. be clear about the purpose of and the intended harvest of a conversation. The last couple of weeks my deepening of perspective on the four fold practice of the art of hosting has continued. In the Art of Hosting Water Dialogues we are teaching the practice and inviting participants to reflect on what they already know about the practice.

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John Smith asked me to write up the practice some of us have been nurturing on the KM4DevWiki to encourage summarizing and harvesting of learnings from key community conversations in our email list on to a wiki. We moved into harvesting what we called “Community Knowledge.&#

A decade of living and learning, hosting and harvesting

Chris Corrigan

As summer begins to close here on the west coast of Canada, I’m starting to head back to work, digging into to 20 or so projects that will unfold in the next nine months, which will take me across Canada, the US, Hawaii, Estonia, Denmark and Australia. And as I look ahead to my work year that is restarting, I notice that this is the tenth time that I have done this.

Monday Video – Doodling

Nancy White

Monday videos communication graphic facilitation harvesting visual thinkingThe fabulous Sunni Brown celebrates us doodlers (and I do a Monday video on Tuesday… heh!). via YouTube – Exclusive video of Sunni Brown doodling her creative process.

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Shifting Conditions That Hold Problems in Place

Full Circle Associates

change communities of practice complexity creativity harvesting learning non profits/ngos reflection systemsTwo of my colleagues/friends have written very useful posts reflecting on practices that can enhance any year end reflections and new years planning you may be cooking up.

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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. Then on Thursday, the morning was the harvest of the Tuesday breakouts and Wednesday field trip reports.

Lughnasa under smoky skies

Chris Corrigan

Today is Lughnasa, the traditional commencement of the harvest season. The produce in our local markets is showing tremendous diversity, as the brassicas and squashes and fruits that were planted in the spring join the early harvest of greens and peas. These are all harvests for me.

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Selecting weak signals and building in diversity and equity

Chris Corrigan

Art of Harvesting Cynefin Emergence Facilitation FeaturedWhen working in complexity, and when trying to create new approaches to things, it’s important to pay attention to ideas that lie outside of the known ways of doing things.

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Some things that work in real reconciliation dialogue

Chris Corrigan

Art of Harvesting Art of Hosting Facilitation Featured First Nations Learning World CafeWe were working with a local government client last week in a meeting that had a very contentious subject matter focused on the return of land and uses of that land, to First Nations owners.

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The essence of learning as an artist

Chris Corrigan

Art of Harvesting Art of Hosting Cynefin LearningMy friend Avril Orloff shared this beautiful quote on her facebook page. “Nobody tells this to people who are beginners. I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste.

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Can we learn graphic recording in 4 hours and actually DO something? YES! Part 1

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communication creativity graphic facilitation harvesting international development visual thinkingRarely do I get to go to an event with graphic recording as my primary duty. It is often an “extra” that I include in my facilitation practice.

My Pen, Our Pens: Engagement through Participatory Visualization Workshop

Full Circle Associates

From templates pioneered by leaders in the graphic practitioner fields to ones we create on the spot, from visual exercises designed to promote relationship, thinking and sensemaking, to collaborative and collective visual harvest practices designed both for sensemaking and knowledge sharing.

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» Graphic Practices in Higher Ed: VizEd 2017

Full Circle Associates

events facilitation graphic facilitation harvesting visual thinkingSource: » VizEd 2017 Happy, Happy, Happy dance! I get to offer a workshop with the fabulous Tracy Kelley of BC Campus in February on visual practices in higher education. She made the visual above which I LOVE!)

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The curse of predetermining outcomes

Chris Corrigan

It will shape your process, and cause you to harvest only what you are looking for, missing out on the juiciest, most powerful places of potential in a system. Art of Harvesting Collaboration Design FacilitationCourtesy WRme2 on flickr.

Learning While Building eLearning: Part 1

Full Circle Associates

harvesting international development knowledge sharing learning reflection elearningIntroduction This is the first in a short blog series based on conversations with a colleague who is “learning while doing” as he is building an eLearning offering.

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Unleashing Joy Through Visual Facilitation – Part 4 of ISS Fellowship

Full Circle Associates

Video Harvest/Feedback: Finally, I decided to try some video feedback vignettes. communication creativity engagement events facilitation graphic facilitation harvesting knowledge sharing learning visual thinking Australia Chisholm ISS Melbourne

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More fun with pen and paper sense-making

Chris Corrigan

” They are asked to write that on a post it so we can see what is top of mind in the group and so we can use the data to structure the invitation to storytellers and the harvesting frameworks for the Collective Story Harvest later in the week.

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Making a rough and ready pattern language as a creativity tool

Chris Corrigan

Art of Harvesting Art of Hosting Collaboration Conversation Facilitation Featured First Nations World CafeJust finished out first day of work with Navajo Area Health Promotion practitioners and 30 community wellness workers, Elders and healers from across the Navajo Nation.

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Brandy Agerbeck’s Obama Speach Visual Capture

Nancy White

What is your harvesting practice? Tags: Obama graphic facilitation visual thinking harvesting facilitation For those of you interested in visual thinking and graphic recording, take a look at this!

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Can we actually practice graphic recording after just a 4 hour workshop? Yes! Part 2

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