Uptake and application of participation and collaboration skills (Day 4 of Learning road trip)

Discussion with Duncan Holmes and Jo Nelson at ICA Canada along the lines of “what have we learned about conditions that influence uptake and application of participation and collaboration skills learned in facilitated workshops.”

Reframed question: What makes people want to go through learning of tools and processes?

1.  People are frustrated and cynical about what has happened in the past.  Ask: Why?  What do you want?

2. Curiousity + playfulness

Other ICA developments noted in the discussion:

  • ICA asks a facilitator to define the rational and experiential aims of the process.  Rational is synonymous with knowing, i.e., what will be learned.  Experiential is synonymous with existential—how will the process affect your way of being.
  • Grouping or clustering of post-its in Strategic planning is looking for the gestalt.  The process is like doing a jigsaw puzzle.  The pieces (post-its) are a mess at the start.  You begin by finding edges, then pieces that fit together, then you start seeing what the jigsaw puzzle is a picture of.  If you find a piece is left out, you work to see where it fits in.
  • Strategic Participatory Planning has been carried out over a year at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and is now happening in the Education College at Brock University.  The picture of the process is no longer on the OISE website, but see here for a link to the outcome.

(Start of road trip; forward to Day 5 morning)

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About Peter J. Taylor
Peter Taylor is a Professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston where he teaches and directs undergraduate and graduate programs on critical thinking, reflective practice, and science-in-society. His research and writing focuses on the complexity of environmental and health sciences in their social context, incl. Unruly Complexity: Ecology, Interpretation, Engagement (U. Chicago Press, 2005) and Nature-nurture? No (2014, http://bit.ly/NNN2014). On reflective practice, see Taking Yourself Seriously: Processes of Research & Engagement (with J. Szteiter, 2012, http://bit.ly/TYS2012).

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