For this 16th Model of the Month conversation we would like to try a little experiment of exploring two models in conversation with one another.
1) MGTylor model Stages of an Enterprise
Both models focus on lifecycles, transitions, shifting paradigms, and ultimately understanding different dynamics at different levels of recursions from life of a human being to that of society and systems.
Stages of an Enterprise:
“Commercial enterprises are like living entities in that they go through predictable stages in their life cycles. At each stage there are developmental challenges that, when resolved, provide the conditions for subsequent stages. Each stage requires a different management style. A solid understanding of this model helps make important distinctions about what is happening and what actions are required to meet the demands of the stage in which the enterprise finds itself.
The Stages of Enterprise can offer insights into the trajectory of a single human life, a relationship, or an entire society. This unpacking of the model focus on how it applies to a commercial or social-benefit enterprise.”
Two Loop Model:
“The Two Loops Theory of organizational change is a model of change that tries to describe nonlinear emergent processes of change within complex organizations. It is a model inspired by looking at the growth and decline cycle of living systems.
Margaret Wheatley & Deborah Frieze from The Berkana Institute first pointed to this model in their paper entitled “Using Emergence to Take Social Innovation to Scale.”
Frieze and Wheatley demonstrated a key dynamic at the heart of every organization transformation, how “as one system culminates and starts to collapse, isolated alternatives slowly begin to arise and give way to the new.”
What is very exciting is the connection to living systems in both models. Living systems are born, they grow, they peek, start to decline and then go to compost while a new living system might be born.
Together we will explore how these two models can help us as designers and facilitators to bring about systems transformation that is so much needed in almost any corner of our current reality.
Join us for this experiment and be in conversation with us, like those two models will be.
In order to prepare for this session, please read the model that you will receive once you have registered and Margaret Wheatley´s Two Loop model.
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.
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 Forum, LEGO Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, International Red Cross & Red Crescent, INSEAD Business School, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, Berlin Civil Society Centre, and many others
She believes in servant leadership, and that facilitation is all about making it easy.
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 Bird, Christopher 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.
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