Tune in to the We-Space Summit: http://www.thewespacesummit.com with 150 colleagues from all over the world.
Our own contribution:
Wednesday, October 11: The New Workplace: Panel Discussion with Johann Entz- von Zerssen, Mushin Schilling and Anne Caspari. In this conversation, the three of them are redefining theWe-Space and presencing in the context of their work with individuals, teams and OD. They begin by framing the emotional dimension of their experience, where they work with helping clients and teams develop the capacity to face the difficult places in their actual experience or “what they cant be with”, in order to establish a more grounded and realist position collectively. In pointing out some of the hazards of conventional presencing approaches, they problematize some of the common presencing assumptions such as “leading from the future as it emerges” and point out the challenges of working with the chaotic messiness of here and now.
By bringing a curiosity for the process and culture organizations are in the middle of, they work with holding the We-Space via Dave Snowden’s work with Sensemaker® by engaging people as a ‘human sensor network’ to enable them to contribute to getting a more accurate picture of what is really happening in their organization or community. This helps develop a participatory engagement in the We-Space through a more experiential and practical approach that empowers people to work from where they are. The conversation ends with clarifying key distinctions between emergence and structures in formal We-Space practice as well as alignment, coherence and other terms of complex adaptive systems.
This Thursday, October 12: Panel Discussion with Tom Murray, Bonnitta Roy, Mushin Schilling, Andrew Venezia and myself: “The Participatory Panel” – The We-Space Summit, Day 4 https://www.thewespacesummit.com/workplace-3/
This panel conversation takes a critical turn in problematizing a few of the dynamics of collective process in groups and ventures perspectives on how this implicates and limits the We-Space. When groups engage in collective practice, the question this panel returns to is what are we actually participating with? They point out, for some groups, there is a tendency to be caught in projection, in thought or perhaps our own social anxiety or social agenda among a wide diversity of possible experiences. As this panel explores, facilitators in such contexts often default to professional strategies to control the direction of the process toward desired outcomes based on their particular preconceived ideals of group process. Such groups then become bound to an idea or ideal of “we-ness” and then go out of their way to make this particular flavor of we-ness happen. In this panel, the participants take a step back and call into question any kind of position that is projected onto the field of collective practice. Connected to this inquiry is problematizing any pre-conceived sense or ideal of “We-ness” that is a reflection of this more conventional stage approach of engaging the shared field. Turning instead to the more radical or post-conventional possibilities of collective practice that lie beyond the mainstream layers of social habit and convention, the panel posits the possibility of a more open and direct participation that proceeds instead from sensory clarity as the basis for authentic participation. What creative potentials then emerge in such groups where participants are no longer constrained, via positive or negative associations and projections of the We? Panel members share their stories and current practices as examples of what they believe lies beyond this more commonplace variety of conventional We-Space practice.