A Conversation Exploring the MGTaylor Model

Four-Step-ReCreative Process Model

This event took place:
Wednesday, January 27th
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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The model in focus this time is the Four-Step-ReCreative Process model. We are looking forward to diving into the discussion with you about what recreation mean to you, and how it is embedded into what you do and who you are. 

Our Workshop

This model is the essence of the modeling language. It is one of several models of the creative process, and it emphasizes the activity of re-creation between each step in the process.

The Four-Step ReCreative Process is at the heart of our work and represents our core insights regarding how to undertake WorthyProblemsToA the right way.

The Four-Step also fits into all of our other models of creativity — Creative Process, Design Formation, Scan-Focus-Act, and Design- Build-Use — as the way you transition from one stage to the next in those models. And conversely, each of those models has a role in the movement between each of the four steps in this model.

The model also indicates why re-creation at every step is so essential to dealing with what Stafford Beer called “the variety equation.” In Designing Freedom, Beer wrote:

If the law of requisite variety is to be handled intelligently, and not just by leaving nature to find the variety balance (which can be nasty for humans), then it follows that the regulative forces must not only dispose requisite variety — which is a number of possible states; they must also know the pattern by which variety in the system is deployed.

What we have been calling a pattern is what a scientist calls a model. A model is not a load of mathematics, as some people think; nor is it some unrealizable ideal, as others believe. It is simply an account — expressed as you will — of the actual organization of a real system. Without a model, you cannot have a regulator. That’s the point.”

Lots of points to think about. Some more food for thought:

  • How does ReCreation show up for us?
  • Are we willing to give up an idea for the sake of the greater good?
  • How often do you fall in love with your own design / solution which makes it hard to ReCreate?
  • How often do you see this in others? What do you do?

We are very much looking forward to kicking off the new year in light of ReCreation. Join us for an interactive 90-mins session with Matt and Rob.

Please come prepared having read the attached model already. Thank you.

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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