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?

Precision in harvest planning.

Chris Corrigan

Since 2007 when Monica Nissen, Silas Lusias and I sat down at Phil and Laura Cass’s kitchen table to write up our thinking on the Art of Harvesting I have been a keen student of the art and practice of meaning making, sensing, visualizing and sharing the fruits of our work. We have called this practice the Art of Harvesting and I am as happy as anyone that it has become a big part of our practice. What is the harvest? Newer practitioners ask “what is a harvest?”

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. Art of Harvesting

Community for the 21st Century Harvest

Nancy White

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

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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

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.

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 Harvest: After Event Reflections

Nancy White

Harvest time. The harvest. Reflection is a form of harvest. I wanted to point out some examples of how people have shared out their harvest on blogs, tweets, and other social media to create external value. How can this “harvest&# feed, rather than rot in a pile?

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.

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. Art of Harvesting Art of Hosting Cynefin Evaluation Facilitation Featured Learning Philanthropy Uncategorized World Cafe

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Simple meeting design

Chris Corrigan

First we design the bookends: Purpose on the one hand and harvest/action on the other hand. The meeting itself therefore become the vehicle by which a group of people reach a harvest and wise action ground in a purpose and a deep need. Harvest. What do you want to harvest? -

Continuing My Ecocycle Experimentation

Full Circle Associates

There was more to harvest and we left it on the table! change collaboration complexity creative destruction engagement facilitation harvesting liberating structures In January I was working with the CGIAR Gender in Agricultural Research Network during their meeting.

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Sense-making in a World Cafe

Chris Corrigan

Harvest. Many times in world cafe’s the harvesting round engages in a convergence exercise whereby the tables come up with a small number of insights. Art of Harvesting Conversation Cynefin Facilitation Featured Stories World Cafe I was back at St.

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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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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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Some World Cafe tips

Chris Corrigan

Know what you will do with the harvest and tell people. People learned in the invitation what our plans were for the harvest. Art of Harvesting Art of Hosting Design Facilitation World Cafe

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A Bountiful Harvest

Chris Corrigan

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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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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

Basic design for extraordinary conversations

Chris Corrigan

The second phase is hosting and harvesting. Of course this is the meat of any meeting, but I’m a strong advocate for focusing on the harvest primarily in the design and letting that determine the processes you will use to host.

Nuanced preferences instead of voting for sense making

Chris Corrigan

Secondly it gets at concrete things that the team can do to improve scenarios and third it harvest preferences and not simple yes/no decisions which are not appropriate for this kind of work. Art of Harvesting Community Conversation Cynefin Facilitation

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Understanding where you are, not where you think you are: some tips and a process

Chris Corrigan

Art of Harvesting Art of Hosting Collaboration Cynefin Design Emergence Evaluation Facilitation Learning Organization Stories A couple of good blog posts in my feed this morning that provoked some thinking.

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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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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.

Disintermediated sensemaking

Chris Corrigan

Art of Harvesting Art of Hosting Cynefin Evaluation Facilitation World Cafe

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Chris Corrigan

Art of Harvesting Cynefin Emergence One has to be very careful attributing causes to things, or even attributing causality to things. in complex systems, causality is a trap. We can be, as Dave Snowden says “retrospectively coherent” but you can not know which causes will produce which effects going forward. That is the essence of emergent phenomena in the complex world.

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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.

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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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.

Trying to make developmental evaluation easier

Chris Corrigan

Art of Harvesting Art of Hosting Collaboration Conversation Cynefin Design Emergence Evaluation FacilitationEvaluation is such an influential constraint in organizational and community life. When resources and attention are tied to evaluation results, a kind of tautology gets set up.

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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.

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.

Beyond the Webinar

Full Circle Associates

collaboration communication engagement events facilitation harvesting international development knowledge sharing UsThem BDSKM BDSLearning Let me confess right up front: I really don’t like webinars. Too often they feel “done unto me.”

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Slowing Down to Pay ATTENTION – the #365 Photo Practice

Full Circle Associates

harvesting identity learning reflection #365photo attention observation For a number of years, some of my good buddies have taken part in the #365 photo project. Alan Levine and Stephen Downes have been most prominent on my radar.

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