Divergent ideas form a Convergent whole

My last post described a game called Werewolf that I hosted for a group of people who, collectively, comprise an organisation. I worked with this team of people for 2 days. Day 1 was playful and Day 2 allowed the group to reflect on it’s own purpose and principles of working together. Here are a set of resources that informed my processes and some of the thinking skills I brought to the group. On Day 1 we played applied Improv games and learnt through a process of immersion in direct experience Direct References – these ideas were shared directly with …

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There’s a little ‘Werewolf’ in all of us!!

Posted by  GeoffBrown —May 11, 2011
Filed in Facilitation, Just observations, Yes!And Improv

Monday night was dark, stormy and 20 people witnessed the demise of a 6th century village, gruesome attacks by 3 werewolves, public lynchings and arguments between friends. Everyone was looking out for themselves and trust had evaporated. At times it was tense … but mostly laughter pierced the cold night air. Werewolf is just a game, but it’s so much more than a game … it immerses players in a world of experience. Playing Werewolf takes some to the edge of their comfort zone. Others revel in the uncertainty of a world that, in many ways, mimics real life. Viv …

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A fantasy from the other side of the world

Posted by  GeoffBrown —May 6, 2011
Filed in Just observations, Leadership

Euan Semple shares a fantasy at his Obvious Blog … “A business where everyone blogs. Everyone thinks about what they are doing and writes about what they are doing. From the top to the bottom, the edges to the middle. Everyone awake and bouncing off each other intellectually as they get more and more effective at whatever they do.” Just imagine any organisation, field or community of practice. Now imagine everyone openly sharing their observations, thoughts and ideas. Where everyone’s input is valued in a culture of saying yes more than no. Source: Viv McWaters Neil Perkin published the ‘blog …

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Facilitation’s Inner Game

Posted by  GeoffBrown —May 5, 2011
Filed in Being Present, Facilitation

I am re reading some of Tim Gallway’s Inner Game insights and I liked this from Peter Block’s forward on the book … “We learn fast when we pay attention to what is happening now – the present moment and for what the world really is and not what it could be. Learning becomes a function of attention and noticing more than instruction. It’s about noticing what is going on around you without judgement, fear or the need to control.” As Tim describes it, there are 2 games going on when playing tennis, facilitating or just about anything. There’s the Inner …

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What it’s like to make change & bridge social capital

Posted by  GeoffBrown —May 3, 2011
Filed in Uncategorized

Like Johnnie Moore writes here, I too loved Chris Corrigan’s post describing ‘what it’s like to make change‘. The part I loved was the observation Chris makes about the need (from some with certain mindsets) for a clear path toward paradigm shifts and social change. That demand and search for the divine ‘clear path’ and a ‘certainty based mindset’ drives a lot of what I see happening in people/groups/organisations. Chris’ response to this in his post … “We don’t know what we are doing.  Everything we have been doing so far has resulted in what we have now.  The work …

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