This 3-day training was held in Brisbane from November 25-27 2013, hosted by National Disability Services Queensland and supported by our Community of Practitioners.
The workshop was a chance to explore Art of Hosting as a tool for system and organisational change, around the question:
"How do we build the trust and confidence within our systems for collaborative action to flourish in service of our communities?"
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day 1 - stepping in
This is a poetry harvest / reflection of Day 1, 25 November. Thanks Jane :)
What a wonderful and inspiring first day - more to come!
What makes your heart sing?
Does anything make your heart sing?
Silence....oh terrible, terrible silence
Here's what makes my heart sing
Oh, Thank god!!! Oh, you make my heart sing...
Music, learning, hearing, glimpsing that thing
Disobedience, courageous righteousness
I'm at a higher resonance
The perfect wedding moment,
Continues to delight - brings a smile to my face
Simplicity, escaping complexity
Beautiful nature, mother and her daughters
Light coming in through the cracks
Knowing doesn't rely on intellect
Here to find a new way
For everyone to have a place to belong
People, doing that thing, that thing that they love, fully alive
Beautiful or bad, tears in my eyes
I matter most when we deeply engage
Intimate conversation, human beings amaze
Learn from the littlies
Please get it! Literacy!
Words perfectly formed and deep belly laughs
Look up! you have moved! How far you have come!
The bad guys, the good guys, broken things that need fixing
Innocent humour and deep and strong feeling
A grumpy old Yorkshireman who doesn't know who he is
He has looked all over but doesn't know where it is
The mosh pit, the young ones, the kings of Leon
The joyous heart opening at the sound of the song
Drunken singing, collective expression of joy
There's love in Slovenia and there's a toy boy
This is wrong, this is wrong, but I found a way in.
Ordinary, extraordinary, no one thing
I am an artist
Creating, making, gardening
Belonging with me makes my heart sing
Guardian calls: today it's Mel
She will ring the Bossy bell
Four fold practice, walk with another
Wake up to the world!
Know yourself, know each other
Wandering through the hallowed aisles
In Coles and Aldi you could walk the miles
I am my phone
Keeps me all alone
I swim in the sea
And in the galaxy
I watch your bodies
They speak to me
I hold my hands
Dont let them free
Hosts take your posts!
Welcome to the cafe
Questions within questions
Did you get an oooo today?
Uber you uber me, ah-ha-ah
There is plenty you can do, and be
Sit in quiet, find your learning edge
Speak to the circle
Or keep as a pledge
Never, except for you...
In place of results,
Harvesting is new
Intentional Purpose and the Harvesters
Coming soon to a circle near you
We stand in line still alive
Jan's a 10, but most 6.5
Day 1, and we were exploring some of The Four Fold Practices through World Cafe. The result - some truly wicked questions!
Round 1: We asked -
How can I stay truly inspired to practice mindful conversations, and be curious about the outcome?
The table harvest was: What's one question that would help take your learning about being hosted to another level?
How can I create opportunities for myself and others to do our best work together?
The table harvest was: What's one question that would help take your learning about hosting others to another level?
What will it take to develop and sustain relationships to harness our collective wisdom?
The table harvest was: What's one question that would help take your learning about co-creation to another level?
day 2 - stepping up
day 3 - stepping out
What becomes possible when participatory processes are embedded in my work, my organisation, my community?
View the invitation to this full day community of practitioners gathering at NDS Innovation Hub in Brisbane, on 18 November 2013.
Our Open Space marketplace!
The final harvest!
Participatory Leaders in Action
Bundaberg 29 February 2012
Health & Communities Workforce Council hosted 42 people from the social services sector in Wide Bay / Burnett area for a day’s exploration of participatory leadership focusing on the Art of Hosting & Harvesting Conversations that Really Matter.
Jan Ungerer (Workforce Council, Queensland), Monica Nissén (Denmark) and Mary Alice Arthur (New Zealand) were hosts.
Read the harvest newsletter
Here is the invite to our Community of Practitioners workshop on 31 July 2013 in Brisbane
About 20 practitioners from Queensland and Victoria gathered at the Innovation Hub at NDS in Lutwyche on 31 May for a full day workshop.
The themes of learn, practice, share were woven into sessions to look deeper into the calling question:
How do we create the conditions for participatory processes to continue to thrive
There is great energy and we look forwarding to another practice day in November - stay tuned for details. You can take a look at the 31 July harvest here and in the picture below.
Here is a harvest of the conversations at a Community of Practitoners event oShare a story about a time when connectedness and relationship were central to making something important happen:
Queensland Community of Practitioners gathering
30 November 2012
Who was there?
Jane Geltch, Frank Martin, Tracey Jones, Elvene Whitehead, Sue-Ellen Weedon, Jan Ungerer, Michelle Phillips, Cate Houston, Penny Hamilton, John Turrisi, Wallis Westbrook, Mel Geltch, James Harvey.
CHECK IN - What do you hope to get from today?
Come together – recognised a common calling
Lots of energy for the beauty of the process …. being together
Magic happens ….. something you don’t expect …. and it’s beautiful
Intention to hold today lightly
In a learning phase
Nice to have people say “we’ve always got your back”
Wondered “How could this way of working ever thrive in the government sector?” …. And I’ve seen the exponential changes in my workplace
Keep the wank factor out of it
Amazes me how simple this stuff is ….. it brings about change
I really like learning from people. I sit back and wish I was as good as other people ……. Stalking other people and seeing what they do. It’s about doing it differently
Wake up with a smile on my face ….. I get to do this stuff full-time
I need a bit of a fix ….. a stop, reconnect and a think
Being human ….. being able to sit in those kinds of conversations …. Inspiring …. Energising
“Clarity of purpose is the invisible leader”
Listen with curiosity
Fear and doing it anyway
“What’s the risk if I don’t do it?”
Trembling …. The point of no return
A pairs process asked us to share a story of when everything was in flow. Here's the harvest:
Focussing on the calling question... "what do you love enough to bring into being for yourself and this community of practitioners?" - where is the energy and how can this CoP support this?
Small groups took 3 ideas and used action planning templates to explore the ideas further, and come back to the group to share. Here are the results:
Phase one of Uniting Care Community's preparation for the National Disability Insurance Scheme culminated in two major workshops in April 2013.
The first, a two day Sensemaking event, saw more than 200 people respond to the question: “How do we build our capacity as an organisation and as individuals to respond creatively and sustainably to the future under the NDIS?”
The purpose of the workshop was to collectively make sense of the challenges and possibilities ahead, in order to inform phase two of the work – the implementation phase.
The second three-day workshop, attended by 132 people (including a few from outside UCC), was a Participatory Leadership workshop which aimed to build participatory process skills and practice within UCC. Read the harvest newsletter - thanks Penny Hamilton for sharing it with us!
See an explanation of what participatory leadership is by Valmae Rose on page 5 - it might help in your organisation :)