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February 27th, 2009

Johnnie Moore, fellow facilitator and improv buddy, and I found some time last night to chat about facilitation in relation to a whole lot of local and world events. Interestingly, our experiences are remarkably similar even though we’re operating from different sides of the globe.

We talked about the GFC (Global Facilitation Crisis or Geelong Football Club – listen and find out), strategic planning and control, Roland Harwood of NESTA’s model of conversations, relationships then transactions, local action and the idea behind We20

Oh, and we also explore complexity, letting go of the need for certainty, and standing on an enormous sea of jello.

It’s recorded as a podcast and you can eavesdrop, oops, I mean listen, here. (30 mins, 10.5 MB) Thanks to Johnnie for initiating this and doing the technical stuff.

1 Comment so far

  1. Heather Davis on March 1, 2009 7:25 pm

    Thanks Viv and Johnnie for saying sooo much in such a short space of time, all of it relevant and interconnected too.

    Escpecially liked the dialogue about ‘rigid attachments to formal processes’ as a kind of comfort ‘blankie’… Deb and I tackled this in a paper we gave in 2007 at the Thinking Conference….
    “An increasing reliance on compliance and surveillance, for example, are attempts to control order in an increasingly complex global, networked and information rich world. The machine-age, scientific worldview of ‘if it can’t be measured it can’t be managed’ is still prevalent but it is no longer appropriate because this view does not acknowledge that the real key performance indicators required for success in the new millennium are likely to be intangible. We argue that the overuse of such control mechanisms and economic rationalist single bottom line practices are actually part of the problem, not a solution. This behaviour is an example of regression under pressure to outmoded foundation values, diverting energy from thinking about the true purpose of governments, learning institutions, corporations and individuals for the future. ‘Working with’ practices, based ostensibly on values, are an appropriate vehicle for moving this agenda forward.(Nanschild, D. & Davis, H. 2007. The ‘V’ Factor: thinking about values as the epicentre of leadership, learning and life, 13th International Conference on Thinking. Norrkoping, Sweden,pp 138-139 http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/021/vol1/019/ecp2107019.pdf.

    Keep up the great work/conversations…
    Heather

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