In this, the 18th Model of the Month conversation, we will focus on “Brain/Mind/Body”.
“The model/spoze contains useful insights into the cognitive behavior of individuals and groups, into how we learn and remember, and into why a DesignShop-like experience works as it does. In other words, this model provides a set of design assumptions that, when employed properly in an iterative, feedback-driven process, will yield practical results.
In a DesignShop, by mostly tacit agreement, the participants temporarily hand over some elements of their executive routine to the facilitation team. This is a practical thing to do. It begins with the expectations we lay out for participants in advance in their “joining letter.” The group that initially walks into the room is in a stochastic state of many brain/mind/bodies, all with different assumptions and objectives. The greeting participants receive from the KnowledgeWorker team is designed to ease the handoff of responsibility for what happens and when.
Along with a Sponsor Design Team who will participate in the exercise, we design an environment and set of experiences that will challenge and disrupt existing brain/mind/body and node-patch systems. In the Scan, we introduce content relevant to possible solution sets and lead the group through a series of rapid exercises to connect with these new ideas and with each other. We actively prevent premature closure until a critical mass emerges, which allows the creation of the best problem or solution this group can come to at this specific moment in time. We start by heavily programming the process, then we move to facilitating, and finally to supporting a new group awareness and intent that emerges, takes over the process in a reclamation of the group’s executive routine, and breaks out of the Zone of Emergence that we so carefully constructed. The group develops a strong allegiance to their solution and a commitment to carry it through.”
Please take sufficient time to read through the ten-page pdf provided to you when you register for this workshop.
It might feel complex and overwhelming at points, yet it is worth staying with it. Isn’t it fascinating to explore why a DesignShop really works?
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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