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Impressions from the workshop with Bonnitta Roy from APP Associates, Alderlore Insight Center, USA, Ct.; April 1 – 3, 2016

With fantastic people from all over Europe (and some US) we spent 3 fun intensive days looking into a kind of organizational development that deals with self-organization, elegant architectures and those principles that foster emergent behavior, team intelligence, distributive power and decision-making – without rigid new governance models. We explored and examined the key principles, central practices and deep processes of open authentic participation in organizational life.

These were some of  our other topics:

  • succeeding with uncertainty
  • how self organization happens and why we can trust it
  • how values both enable and constrain participation
  • expanding our trust network
  • intention, identity and interaction in group dynamics
  • asymmetric needs and power relations
  • strategic conversations in four languages of change
  • participatory governance
  • how resource allocations drive innovation (or not)
  • assessing team action-potentials
  • building team synergy and high velocity performance
  • method-free facilitation
  • catalyzing insight in teams
  • creativity and cognitive flow

APPWEBLOGO (1)Playing with complex adaptive and complex responsive systems, we gained a new understanding of the nature of emergent processes. We explored new guidance and design principles for organzational life. We looked at how to negotiate organizational and personal intentions, value streams and identities, how to solve the tension between our uniqueness, asymmetrical needs and the distribution of energy, decision and power in a group. We looked at the design of the architecture of the organizational space– one that allows for the release of built up complexity, for emergent behavior and novelty to arise.  We experimented with the four languages of change, that are at the core of Bonnie’s new approach: “I call this new design The Open Participatory Organization, or OPO for short. The OPO is a fully integrated design. It is an open architecture that is supported by a participatory communications platform and is backed-up by a governance that evolves as the organization evolves” from Bonnie’s blog post).
4 languages of changePicture: Bonnitta Roy, APP Associates. 

There are four ‘locations’ with distinctly different values sets, objectives, outcomes and strategic conversations to be held around them. Most organizations have one or two of them, but hardly any are engaging in all of the necessary conversations.

At the end, we explored why this really matters: we are working and living in environments where we have to make choices when we cannot predict outcomes.  Knowing how to allow group dynamics to be emergent becomes invaluable.

Bonnitta Roy’s workshop left us totally inspired, and with many many kind of thoughts and processes to unpack, think about and apply. It opened up new, generative, collaborative spaces. Turning howe to our own business, we have started applying the OPO principles, practices and processes – with first insights and their consequences. We know there are many more insights to come. In some instances we are holding new strategic conversations around our trust networks and new alliances, for example www.eclp.eu and with our Swedish friends around the Crisp Network. Watch this space!  Comments welcome.

More about Bonnitta Roy’s work here in her blog posts.  The next workshop with her is in the US, Ct, in June 16 – 19, and with us in Schmagerow again November 4 – 6. Do not miss it. Also, check out the pre-conference workshop at the Berlin Change Days the week before, October 26-27.

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Think Tank & Workshop with Bonnitta Roy

FACING ORGANIZATIONAL CHALLENGES 

April 1 – 3, 2016 in Germany

3- DAYS with BONNITTA ROY  – An invitation to step into a new way of understanding organizational life, based on principles of open, authentic participation, which we find quite ingenious.

This is for you if you are into the kind of organizational development that deals with self-organization, creating elegant architectures that foster emergent behavior, team intelligence, distributive power and decision-making – without rigid new governance models.

APPWEBLOGO (1)During the 3-day workshop, we will explore in depth headlineswhat is actually happening with relational dynamics in groups. You gain a new understanding of how self-organization works and why you can trust it, whether you work in a conventional set
ting or an open one. You learn how to negotiate organizational and personal intentions, value streams and identities, how to solve the tension between your uniqueness, asymmetrical needs and the distribution of energy, decision and power in a group. Then we look at the design of the architecture of the organizational lab – one that allows for the release of built up complexity, for emergent behavior and novelty to arise. We do that with real organizational problems, so bring your cases. At the end, we wilApp retreat picl explore why this really matters: we are working and living in environments where we have to make choices when we cannot predict outcomes. Knowing how to allow group dynamics to be emergent becomes invaluable.

For more information, please contact Anne: anne.caspari@mindshift-integral.com or over skype. Download the flyer here: App retreat Europe

 


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Buchpräsentation: Integrale Ökologie

Wir laden Sie herzlich ein zur Buchvorstellung und Diskussion mit

Hilde Weckmann und Anne Caspari
Integrale Ökologie
6. November 2013, 19 Uhr

Schweisfurth-Stiftung, Südliches Schlossrondell 1
80638 München

Es gibt heute eine Vielzahl von unterschiedlichen Perspektiven zu Ökologie, Natur und auch zum Klimawandel, die sich nicht selten grundlegend widersprechen. Wie können wir all diese wertvollen Ansichten auf die natürliche Welt – formuliert von vielen Wissenschaftlern, Ökologinnen, Aktivisten und Philosophinnen -vereinen und zu einer umfassenden Perspektive kommen, um unsere Umweltprobleme effektiv in den Griff zu bekommen und in einem angemessenen Einklang mit unserer natürlichen Umwelt zu leben?

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Wir stellen die ‚Integrale Ökologie‘ von Prof. Sean Esbjörn-Hargens und Prof. Michael Zimmerman vor: Diese wendet die Integrale Theorie Ken Wilbers auf unsere Umwelt und unser Verständnis der Natur an, und integriert damit all die unterschiedliche Theorien, Ansätze und Einsichten in einem umfassenden Modell.

Die Integrale Ökologie als Metatheorie macht blinde Flecken und Grenzen einzelner ökologischer Disziplinen dort sichtbar, wo Praktikerinnen und Experten immer wieder an Grenzen stoßen. Aus der Zusammenschau möglichst vieler Perspektiven heraus können komplex-adaptive Systeme diagnostiziert und Initiativen erfolgreich geplant und durchgeführt werden. Wir werden dies praktisch verdeutlichen und zeigen den Teilnehmenden anhand recht verschiedener Themen, wie z.B. Klimawandel, nachhaltigem Tourismus und ökologischem Landbau auf, wie solch ein integraler Methodenpluralismus wesentlich mehr Ansatzpunkte und Hebelwirkung für effektives Handeln liefert.

Anmeldungen bitte bis 1. November telefonisch unter 089-17 95 95 11 oder per E- Mail: veranstaltungen@schweisfurth.de.hilde anne


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Integral Leadership: Feeling into the Moment

How does it fit together: intuition, integrity, leadership, (construct) awareness, subtle states? Here is the attempt of an architecture. Presentation at the Integral Theory Conference, San Francisco,  July 18 -21, 2013 

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Academic Paper download here: Reams & Caspari_ITC2013

Powerpoint: ITC California 2013 Reams Caspari


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Transformative Processes and Adaptive Pushback. Mapping out Stages, Patterns, Mechanisms, Immunities to Change and How to Respond

shiftWhy are we resisting Transformation?

In the global change arena we see more and more the need for leaders to know about what happens in transformative processes inside out in order to play a different game. It is ironic that our best whole systems thinkers are becoming ever more frustrated at the lack of visible change in response to knowledge and evidence about growing threats to sustainability. The problem is more often than not that the intrinsic mechanisms of transformation are still not widely understood nor mastered. Transformative processes that are supposed to respond to adaptive challenges require a fundamental shift in perspective and meaning. In order to be able to design, catalyze, foster or lead such shifts, leaders need to recognize stages, depth and width of the process, need to identify patterns of systemic pushback, know what to do with immunities to change and how to handle the usual resistances and escape mechanisms.

The following Powerpoint shows maps of

  • stages and stations on a archetypical transformative process
  • pushback and escape mechanisms tipically occurring in relative accordance with the stage of the process
  • generative interior and exterior condition that can foster a successful process
  • a selection of toolboxes, techniques and methods that are helpful in order to bring participants back on track

What are your thoughts? Download the presentation here:

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Paper Presentation during the Conference on ‘Transformation in a Changing Climate’, University of Oslo, June 2013.


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Taking on the Future: Transformation in a Changing Climate

Workshop on Transformative Leadership in a Changing Climate, Saturday 22 June, 2013, Oslo 

If we see transformative change as a necessary response to global climate change, we have to know its processes intimately. Transformations that respond to adaptive challenges involve fundamental shifts in perspective and meaning. In order to be able to design, catalyze, foster or lead such shifts, leaders need to recognize stages, depth and width of the process, identify patterns of systemic pushback, and know what to do with immunities to change, as well as how to handle the usual resistances and escape mechanisms.

For those who are interested in learning more about leadership for change, we offer a one-day intensive workshop directly following the international conference on  “Transformation in a Changing Climate” at the University of Oslo .

The workshop will lead participants into experiencing transformative processes first hand and head-on. We will look at how our evolving worldviews frame the problem in need of transformation, how to shift polarized perspectives, and unlock movement towards solutions.

The work offers insights into the more concealed mechanisms and stages of transformation and on how to detect and overcome hidden immunities to change and adaptive pushback in yourself and others. Other expected results include insights into personal recurring patterns and on how to restructure seemingly fixed conditions. The links between personal and global trans-formation, and leadership, will become clear.

The workshop is delivered by a team of international professionals in the field of transformation and leadership development: Abigail Lynam, Geoff Fitch and Anne Caspari.

Click for more information on the workshop,  for registration or contact me on an.caspari@gmail.com

Taking on the Futuredownload the flyer: Taking on the Future


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Transformative Workshop January 12/13 2013 in Oslo

Transformative Leadership Workshop –  Taking on the Future: Global Transformation, up-close and personal 
“Where the rubber hits the road”
January 11, 2013, 13.00-16.00, Georg Sverdups Hus, Auditorium 2, University of Oslo Followed by a two-day workshop on personal transformation, January 12-13

Over the next years we are likely to experience global changes at a rate and scale that is unprecedented in human history. Many people are concerned about the future – and frustrated because there is currently so little evidence of actions at the scale and magnitude considered to be necessary to meet complex challenges like climate change. We often hear talk about leverage points for large-scale systems changes, or about the role of “trim tabs,” whose small moves can make a powerful difference. But how do we actually make change happen? Do we ourselves need to change? To more effectively contribute to collective change, we need to have more hands on knowledge about change mechanisms and how to get around the blind spots–and experience it first-hand so that we can work better with others.

In January 2013, we, Anne Caspari and Karen O’Brien, will address these issues head-on by offering a 3-hour experiential intro workshop that focuses on the mechanisms of change, including how our individual and collective beliefs can create immunities to change that can sabotage well-intentioned efforts to make a difference. This is about personal change, collective change, and global change. Participants will gain personal insights on their own beliefs and how they influence their actions in the world around them. For those who are willing to go deeper and want to lead change, the 3-hour workshop will be followed by a 2-day “Resurfacing” course that will work directly with personal beliefs and attitudes towards change. The Resurfacing Course requires a commitment of two full days, and for this part there is a participation fee of 2600 NOK/350 EUR. More information about this course will be sent to those who are interested.

The workshop addresses individuals who:

  • feel they are running against the same walls and have tried different methods that showed limited success ;
  • experience recurrent life situations that they are ready to change;
  • are interested in the mechanisms of change, transformation and obstacles to it, in self and in others;
  • feel they are ready to play a bigger game and make a difference in the world;
  • are personal coaches, change agents, or trim tabs (complementary with coaching work, shadow work, integral theory, immunity to change work).

The 2-day workshop will be thoroughly experiental and intensive. The exercises in Resurfacing take you behind the scenes of consciousness for a look at the blueprints by which you build your life experiences. The rewards are new perspectives and realizations about how personal reality works – or why it doesn’t. You get special insights into hidden assumptions and connections that you had no idea that they were stored and well -hidden on your “hard disk” – yet were creating some recurring themes in your life and were protected from introspection and from changing them. ReSurfacing is an expedition into consciousness that you personalize according to your own needs. The insights you gain can be directly applied to professional and collective topics.

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