A Conversation Exploring the MGTaylor Model

Models in Conversation as a Language

This event took place:
Wednesday, December 16
5:00PM to 6:30PM CET

Video recording, session notes, and links to resources are available for Members of our TVW Learning Community.

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Reflecting on 2020 and the work around the Models of the Month, we have spent quite some time to dive deeper into various models. This is now our 14th session, and it is time to reflect about “Models in Conversation as a Language”. As with handing any complex topic, you cannot do this solely by yourself within your mind.

The models can be understood not only individually, but also as a system. When you are in a conversation with these models and when you allow them to be in conversation with each other, you open up possibilities for deeper understanding and more effective action.

Questions that we should consider:

  • How do we create a shared language amongst us as practitioners when applying the models?
  • How do we constantly re-create our work with and through the models?
  • What type of conversations to we need to have at this moment in time?
Join us for our last session in 2020 as we reflect on models overall, what they teach us, and what we need to do in order to become better at what we do in service of humanity.
In order to prepare for this session, please read the document that you will receive once you have registered. It will ensure that we all have a common ground to start from.

What are the “Models of the Month” Webinars? 

You may have found our organization because you believe in the power of intentional process design and facilitation to solve complex problems.

One key element of our work is based on the MGTaylor models, both as design templates for creating multi-stakeholder journeys towards concrete outcomes, as well as diagnostic or auditing tools to understand the current or future state of a situation, challenge, intention.

Given the current state of our planet and the complexity of humanity as a driving force within — and aiming at creating a future by design and not default — it is now even more important to collectively explore the models at hand, and how they allow us to navigate this complexity together.

How can we as practitioners become better at what we do in service of humanity?

We, therefore, invite you to join a monthly conversation about exactly that: exploring the MGTaylor models, sharing experiences and discussing their application in areas of great need.

Workshop Hosts

Svenja Rüger

Svenja is a facilitator and designer of large scale collaborative sessions. Her passion lies in building resilient communities and facilitating collaborative processes to solve complex challenges on a systems level. She cares a lot about the challenges the world is currently facing and wants to support connecting the dots in order to create impactful, meaningful solutions. She promotes listening to understand, not listening to speak, and holds the space for what is trying to emerge.

Being part the The Value Web, she took on lead design and facilitation roles for international engagements with the World Economic ForumLEGO FoundationRockefeller Foundation, International Red Cross & Red Crescent, INSEAD Business School, Global Alliance for Improved NutritionBerlin Civil Society Centre, and many others

She believes in servant leadership, and that facilitation is all about making it easy.

Rob Evans

Rob Evans is recognized as one of the world’s best known and most respected facilitators. He has taught thousands of leaders and facilitators in the private, public, and NGO sectors.

THE COLLABORATION CODE® is a book series curated by Rob Evans co-founder of Imaginal Labs. Book three in the series, Models: Frameworks for Transformation presents the entire set of models and terms of art in the MG Taylor Modeling Language, including many never-before documented models with illustrations by Kelvy BirdChristopher Fuller, and Kelly Adams.

For information about purchasing books, The Collaboration Code® 

Matt Taylor is a designer, inventor, teacher, facilitator, sailor and entrepreneur. He has focused his career on the application of architectural design methods to solving complex, systemic problems found at the intersection of physical environments, ecologies, organizational practices and visionary ideas. This work involves business processes, tool-sets and software programs, and includes their expression and utilization in the design, construction and use of virtual and physical environments for collaborative work and sustainable creative living. The components of these environments, and the environments themselves, are designed and built in regards their fit with, and long term impact on, social-economic-ecological systems.

The sum of his work is outlined in a System and Method co-invented with partner Gail Taylor. He is cofounder of the MG Taylor Corporation.

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