© Jon Freeman 2015
Visioning the Future
Questions and Answers
This project is an emergent process. I don’t know how it will work and it must respond to your input. People are asking some very astute questions and I am responding to them as they arise. This page will contain some of those dialogues.
Thanks for your response. I think that I understand your question and it is a good one. I don't pretend to knowing much of an answer. Hopefully something will communicate through the vagueness of what I am about to say.
As far as I know, nothing like this has ever been attempted before. So we will need to invent it as we go. What is in my head is based on the exercise of constructing the Reinventing Organisations Wiki. That sought to take and extrapolate the ideas in Frederic's book and extend them further using the collective intelligence in the "Teal Organisations" community. It was a loosely moderated process which, like Wikipedia, allowed editing and re-
So what then will "facilitation" mean in this context? I have one protagonist who is very exercised about the possibility of reaching consensus about "how" we might reach this desired future. I have told him that I am not interested in consensus! Underneath his concerns, I believe, is the idea that there will be a set of "right answers". That will take us straight into linear thinking and is not at all what we need. Unfortunately it is where a lot of participants will naturally come from because we won't easily find a high percentage of second-
I do take the initial view that more important than getting the right answers, is asking the right kinds of questions. Indeed part of the design requires us to ensure that those questions are being continually re-
I am expecting that the process will need steering. I think how that looks is a small core team of shapers (gardeners) who hold the space and guide the activities, not towards consensus, but towards some sort of "contained diversity". Prepare the soil. Encourage the worms. Weed if absolutely necessary. Protect from frost. Trust the plants and the ecology. That is as much as is in my mind so far.
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