Methods

One of the methods used is the Collaboratory, a collaborative multi-perspective, multi-stakeholder dialogue forum aiming at engaging relevant actors in a collective visioning process around “big” social challenges.

Based on Scharmer’s Theory U, Bohmian Dialogue, Dragon Dreaming and other methodological sources, the Collaboratory allows for conducting visualization processes in groups of various sizes within reasonable periods of time (from half a day up to several days) for solving concrete problems the respective stakeholders are facing. The process is designed so that participants are invited to get involved as whole persons and can or even must take responsibility for the results. It addresses the most important challenges connected to the focused topic and runs participants through a co-creative laboratory at the end of which they have the opportunity to design tangible projects emerging as outcomes of their process.

For more information about the collaboratory see the book edited by Katrin Muff and the materials in our Resources & Materials section.

The LiFT team will compile its experiences gathered so far in three edited books in the course of the upcoming second project phase. We will provide you with:

– a foundations & resources book
– a methodology book
– a case book

Also, LiFT 2 will develop a training course in collaborative leadership. Make sure to get in touch with us if you are interested in participating.

Contact: info@ifis-freiburg.de

 

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