Sunday, 7 May 2017

Session 2 Co-sensing (Wednesday 10 May 2017)

Link to today's presentation HERE

What today’s session is about
  • Empathy - learning to deep listen to other people
  • Reflection - allows participants to reflect more deeply and identify concrete intuitive insights 
  • Levels of conversation - how listening can be different things
  • Coaching circles - how to coach one another as a group

What we will have done by the end of the session
  • Paired up and done an Empathy Walk
  • Done some Reflective Journaling on food
  • Debriefed on journaling and the empathy walk
  • Learnt about the Four Levels of Conversation
  • Had an introduction to coaching circles 
  • Practiced coaching circles

Activity 1 - The Empathy Walk

Please could you:
  • Pair up with someone you don’t know
  • Read the handout (PDF)
  • Spend around 20 minutes doing the exercise

Activity 2 - Reflective Journaling

One Guided journaling leads participants through a self-reflective process. This practice allows participants to access deeper levels of self-knowledge, and to connect this knowledge to concrete actions. It's a personal exercise, rooted in honesty. There is never a requirement to share what you journal.

You can get more information on reflective journaling here.

Lesson: Co-sensing and Levels of Listening

Co-sensing is the early part of the 'U' where the ideas of observing and deep listening are key. You can see a short video about it here.

One of the main ideas about U.Lab is that we slip into old patterns of doing things. And as a result, the solutions we come up with up with run the risk of not properly addressing the problem they want to fix. How we diagnose the problem is a big part of that, We all know how to listen: we do it every day. But listening is a skill. Deep listening is something most of us are poor at if we don't practice. So the point here is to think about listening as, at its deepest, a process of empathy, connection and a shift to something new in the future. There's a great video on levels of listening here. You can also see a concise summary of Theory U here.

Activity 3: Listening Conversations
Think of that conversation you had in the last week around food:

  • What level were you operating at? 
  • What level would you like to be at? 
  • What benefit would that bring? 

Activity 4: Coaching Circles
Coaching circles are probably the single most effective method in U.Lab for moving from concept to practice. The backbone of coaching circles is a process we call case clinics.

To practice a case clinic we need 3 roles filled:

  • Casegiver: The casegiver shares their personal aspiration and leadership challenge that is current, concrete, important
  • Coaches: Coaches listen deeply - they do not try to “fix” the problem, no matter how tempting it seems
  • Timekeeper: one of the coaches manages the time

You can get detailed instructions on how to run a case clinic here. There is also a longish video on it here.

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Friday, 28 April 2017

Session 1 (Co-initiating), Wednesday 3 May 2017

Link to today's presentation HERE

What today’s session was about
  • Attend - listen to that which life calls you to do
  • Connect - listen to and dialogue with the interesting players in the field
  • Co-initiate a diverse group that inspires a common intention
What we will have done by the end of the session
  • Understand who everyone in the group is and create a physical contact board
  • Understand the U journey and the course overview
  • Develop a shared understanding of the food system in Lambeth
  • Share views on what needs to change
Activity 1 - Mapping your networks on Kumu

Please could you:
  • make a list of the key people and organisations you are connected to, relating to the Lambeth Food System
  • Work with Sue on inputting these to
What to include:
  • organisations you work/volunteers for
  • people and organisations you know who are connected to the food system

Activity 2 - Check in – thumbs exercise

Lesson: The Iceberg model

“The iceberg model as a whole suggests that beneath the visible level of events and crises, there are underlying structures, paradigms of thought, and sources that are responsible for creating them. If ignored, they will keep us locked into re-enacting the same old patterns time and again.”


Activity 3: How does this connect with your reason to be here?
  • Your organisation
  • Your community
  • Your own personal goals

  • My most important challenge right now is… 
  • I’m focused on creating change on a … (personal, organizational, systemic, etc.) level…
  • U.Lab will be a success for me when…

Activity 4: Mapping the food system

Activity 5 - Check out – thumbs exercise


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