Welcome to our 23rd Model of the Month session.
We are delighted that you will be with us for a wonderful experience of knowledge exchange, group work and conversation. The facilitated session will last for 90 minutes with an additional 30 minutes in which we will still be around for an informal conversation.
This time we will focus on the “Net Vector” model as well as the patterns of “Requisite Variety”.
“The Net Vector model illustrates the important balance between variety and agreement that is necessary for organizations to take effective action. The model teaches that too much variety can be chaotic and too much agreement can be despotic.
In mathematics and physics, a vector is defined as “a quantity having direction as well as magnitude.” It is used to describe both how fast something is going and the direction in which it is moving.
In this model, the term net vector refers to the average or compilation of all the forces working to move an organization in a particular direction. Obviously, it is not necessary for all the complex forces at work inside and outside an organization to be working perfectly in unison for the organization to move at speed in a certain direction…
…In order to deal properly with the diversity of problems the world throws at you, your repertoire of responses must be (at least) as nuanced as the problems you face – requisite variety.”
We will dive deeper into the difference between agreement and alignment and why the latter is what we should strive for in our way of working.
Together, let’s explore the wonderful details of that model that most of us as MGTaylor facilitators use in a lot of our designs.
You will be provided with a detailed description of the model and corresponding terms of art that are relevant in that context upon registering for the event – Please ensure that you have read these prior to the event.
We are very much looking forward to our conversations to further explore how to best use this model and all its possibilities.
Svenja, Rob and Matt
Kindly come prepared to our session by having read the detailed descriptions of the model provided to you when you register for this workshop.
We not only share the model in discussion, but also corresponding terms of art to set the larger context.
Please plan to join us for a 90 minute facilitated session; we plan to stay on for another 30mins for informal discussions with Rob, Matt and Svenja thereafter.
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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