Friday, 16 June 2017

Monday, 5 June 2017

Session 4, Wednesday 31 May 2017

Link to today's presentation HERE

What today’s session is about

  • Crystallizing the vision for what amazing things could happen
  • Using 4D mapping to get a sense of that
  • An introduction to prototyping
  • Hitting the upward curve of the U
    What we will have done by the end of the session

    • Experience Social Presencing Theatre
    • Understand the tools for prototyping
    • Have ‘crystallized’ further the ideas for possible projects

      Where we are on the U Curve

      We're on the upward curve of the U, where we are starting to take what we have listened to and generate some insights, with the aim of moving towards prototyping: where the action happens.

      Lesson - Social Presencing Theatre and 4D Mapping 

      • 4D mapping helps us find an underlying wisdom about a system as we move from Sculpture 1 to 2.
      • Mindfulness is key: 4D mapping is not about acting out pre-conceived ideas
      • 4D mapping is teasing out what might be significant as we move from where we are now to what things could look like (the future reality)
      • How we move in SPT is based on what is actually emerging, not what we think something should be
      • The inverse of this process is Absencing

        Activity 1 - Social Presencing Theatre

        In Social Presencing Theater, the word theater is used in connection to its root meaning – a place where something significant becomes visible, or where a community of people can see a shared experience. 4D mapping makes visible the current reality in a social system, such as a school system, health care system, or the food system.

        We're going to split up into groups and have a go and some role playing to see what new insights we can generate.

          Lesson: Prototyping 
          The principles of prototyping:

          • Clarify the core questions that you want to explore with your prototype
          • Find a group of fully committed people & cultivate your shared commitment
          • Iterate, Iterate, Iterate
          • Create “landing strips” for the future that is wanting to emerge
          • Listen to what is emerging from others
          • Beware two major dangers and pitfalls: mindless action and actionless minds 

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          Session 3 (Presencing), Wednesday 24th May 2017

          Link to today's presentation HERE

          What today’s session is about

          • Group mindfulness
          • The U curve
          • Absencing and presencing 
          • Generate ideas for food system prototypes 
          • Group journaling

            What we will have done by the end of the session

            • Practice group mindfulness
            • Explore and describe where you are on the U curve in relation to your food system journey 
            • Generate ideas for food system prototypes 
            • Experience group journaling (with a focus on your “food system Work”) .. as a tool for connecting with your emerging future

              Activity 1 - Mindfulness practice

              • Pause and notice body feels, notice the in and out breath, don't change it, just observe
              • Notice if there is a sense of relaxation, or tension
              • Allow a little more relaxation
              • Notice the in breath and the outbreath.

              You can read the mindfulness handout here.

                Lesson - Absencing and Presencing 

                • Energy follows attention
                • We have to go through a process with three movements
                • This only works if we cultivate the inner instruments: Open Mind, Open Heart, Open Will
                • At source are two root questions:
                  • Who is my Self?
                  • What is my Work?
                • You will face three enemies:
                  • Voice of Judgment
                  • Voice of Cynicism
                  • Voice of Fear
                • You need to hold the space to go through the same process on a collective level
                • The inverse of this process is Absencing
                Presencing, done right, marks the turning point in the process, where you move from the observing and questioning part through to the creative and transformational part.

                Activity 2 - World Café

                • What can we do to improve something for x problem?
                • What is the essence of this idea?
                • What would this look like if it was set up?
                • What would be the benefits?
                • How can we engage with the community 
                  • to give x
                  • to get x 
                  • to create...?
                • How can we use the resources within our hub / U.Lab course to do...?

                Activity 3: Group Journaling 

                • The essence of this journaling is that one person asks the questions to enable you to find your own answers to these questions.
                • Give time for the group to quietly write answers. 
                • Go through all the questions and don’t adapt them.
                • You’ll have about 10 minutes to ask and answer the questions. 
                Activity 4- Check out
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