Wednesday, May 18, 2022

HOST: Svenja Rüger 

PRESENTERS: Rob Evans & Matt Taylor

Session notes & recording available here.

About the Workshop

Welcome to our 30th 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 Black Box Method.

The Black Box Method offers a way to understand the inner workings of an object or system without destroying it.

Every organization we work with, each group of DesignShop participants, every Sponsor Design Tea, every KreW member and participant, all start out as Black Boxes to us. We bring to them our current models of organizational dynamics and human behavior, then test them.

So how do you find out what is inside something that you can’t see into or manipulate without hurting or breaking it? How do you figure out the functionality of a Black Box so you can begin to reverse engineer what must be in there?

As the saying goes, all models are wrong, some are useful. Our understanding is always partial, and it is often the surprising, unexpected result that teaches us the most. We must always remember to hold our models lightly. The Black Box model reminds us that our understanding is provisional and our hypotheses about how things work are always subject to further revision based on experience.

Together, let’s explore the wonderful details and what tit enables us to achieve as facilitators and designers.

This LIVE online workshop is free to all participants.
Members of our TVW Learning Community on Mighty Networks will have access to the recording and resources, as well as the 25+ workshop sessions in our Model of the Month classroom.

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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

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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