Our work responds to the increased need and awareness that the solutions for our current economic, environmental and social problems rest, not only with a few people at the top of the organisation, but more often than not, in taking a ‘whole systems’ or ‘joined up’ perspective and engaging the collective intelligence and resources present in the whole organisation.
This approach is both different and complimentary to more traditional styles of leadership.
We believe that organisations need to be viewed as living systems, that are intelligent, meaning seeking and capable of self-organising their own solutions, rather than seeing them as machines that need to be controlled.
In reality both systems are in play and need to function together in a dynamic balance.
We design, facilitate and “harvest” processes through conversations that allow people to engage with each other around questions and issues that matter to them.
We train and coach leaders, teams and staff in the art of participatory leadership, participatory learning to co create meaningful solutions together.
We use a number of different methods and social technologies to engage groups of stakeholders. The methods and processes can be used for different purposes, with a range of approaches and results, from gaining a shared clarity on complex issues, to creating future strategies or innovating new solutions.
These methods are equally useful for small groups as they are for large scale engagement.
Common to most of the methods are a high degree of self-organisation, empowerment and a high degree of participation and involvement that creates a higher level of ownership among the participants.
Our approach is based on the assumption that we posses greater resources collectively, than individually, if we can access our collective knowledge in an intelligent way.
The consciousness and skill of why and how the methods are used is of essence and we know from many years of experience that we learn more and act faster when we involve ourselves actively and consciously than when we are simply presented with information or knowledge that we receive passively.