Ritual Dissent, Facilitation that Goes Beyond Comfortable Consensus

Ritual Dissent: “We do that here. It’s just that the dissent happens once people have gone back to their desks and they destroy the idea” Anon. Just for the record, what I’m talking about here is: Dissent as a strongly held difference of opinion and Ritual as a set of fixed actions that are part […]

Facilitation Sketchnotes

I’ve been experimenting with some drawings / sketchnotes of facilitation methods I’ve used a lot, or fall back on at various moments. I was planning to have done something a bit more structured with them, but that’s proving to be a challenge at the moment – so I’m just parking 4 of them here until […]

Power in Partnerships and when it goes bad.

Power is a bit of a taboo subject, we don’t really talk about it. But when you boil things down to what matters in any human connection, power really does count. This is particularly true in a partnership. If you’ve got big differences in how much power sits with people around the table, there’s a […]

The Panelfisa Paradox. What widget making teaches us about sustainable human development. #ChurchillFellowship Post 9

“Panelfisa Coop, The important thing was not the screws”  This post is about the transformation (a deliberately chosen word) of Panelfisa, a worker owned industrial manufacturing cooperative in the Basque Country. It’s not a ‘recipe book’ case study claiming… “follow these 5 easy steps and you too will transform your organisation”; life just isn’t like […]

5 Things NOT about photography, I learnt at a photography lecture

I was at the National Museum of Wales, Reardon Smith Lecture Theatre in Cardiff last week, a fabulously retro venue that transports you back a 100 years (I love it; my companion wasn’t so keen). The reason was to listen to a conversation between David Hurn and Martin Parr, both highly accomplished documentary photographers. It […]

Will playing Prison Architect make you a better sustainable decision maker?

Could playing a computer game which involves the design, building and running of an American Jail (Prison Architect) help public service ‘decision makers’ make better real life decisions? In particular would it help people to learn how to think differently? Would it help them behave in a way that aligns decision making with sustainable development […]