The Open Participatory Organization – OPO
3 Days Workshop with Bonnitta Roy from APP Associates, Alderlore Insight Center, USA, Ct.; Autumn 2017 – date to be announced
This workshop is about 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 will explore and examine the key principles, central practices and deep processes of open authentic participation in organizational life.
These will be 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
Playing with complex adaptive and complex responsive systems, participants will gain a new understanding of the nature of emergent processes. We explore new guidance and design principles for organzational life. We look 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 look 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 experiment 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).
Picture: 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 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.
More about Bonnitta Roy’s work here in her blog posts. The next workshop with her is in fall 2017 with us in Schmagerow again. Do not miss it.
Impressions from the first workshop in April 2016: