Continuous learning

If you don’t know about Connectle yet, you should! It is an ecosystem for change-agents to explore and implement new ways of working.

They host international live streamed conversations on the future of work and share the videos thereafter.  Percolab was recently invited to join a conversation on the hot topic of Continuous Learning.

Social Entrepreneur Phoebe Tickell  hosted the conversation with Samantha Slade (Percolab)  Harold Jarche (JarcheConsulting)  Susan Basterfield (Enspiral) and  Sabrina Bouraoui (Shades of Gray).

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Thanks to Mara Tolja for making it all happen and the great videos.

Join in the upcoming live streamed conversations and check out the entire video collection: Connectle

 

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Invitation : Discovery Art of Hosting France, January 31 – February 2, 2018

INVITATION

  • Lieu

    Sommières, France

    Adresse : CART, 31 rue Emilien Dumas, 30250 Sommières, France

  • Date

    January 31 to February 2, 2018

  • Heures

    Dès 17h30

  • Organisateur

    Percolab France

For more than twenty years, Art of Hosting has modelled a way forward in collective intelligence all over the world. Come discover for yourself, during a 3 day intensive training in the beautiful south of France #AoHFrance


In addition to the usual fixed rate to cover the hosting and teaching costs (€1250 *) we are therefore innovating by also inviting you to participate in a shared economy experiment. This is a cooperative approach whereby the financial responsibility for the seminar is shared by the community of both participants and hosting team. For this seminar, we invite your willingness to open up to different ways of seeing ourselves and the world. In practice, this means that you will decide on the sum of money that represents the richness of these 3 days, taking account of the costs of the event, its value to you and your own financial resources.   Payment will take place in two installments: a first instalment, the same for everyone, before the seminar, and the second at the end.  1st instalment: 450€, payable in advance on this website : he minimum contribution needed to organise and run the seminar (logistics, materials, communication, website)  2nd instalment: at the end of the seminar, you will choose the amount to honour and appreciate the work of the hosting team. We will be dedicating time and attention during the seminar to open this conversation – always an enriching experience – about the value of this seminar to you and the ways in which we as a community can cover the budget. You can find a more detailed explanation of this financial model and its ethos at http://leaderparticipatif.weebly.com

* Percolab est un organisme de formation exonéré de TVA. Cet enregistrement ne vaut pas agrément de l’Etat.

* Percolab is a TVA exempt training center

  • Nom de l’organisateur/trice

    Nadine Jouanen, SAS percolab Europe

  • Contact

    Courriel :  infofrance [at] percolab.com

    Téléphone : +33 6 17 79 83 10

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Renewal of the competency framework for the HR chartered association of Quebec

Context

The Human Resource (HR) profession needs to step into its future. The entire HR system in Quebec is build around the competency framework; university programs, admission into the chartered association, inspection, as well as professional development.  By improving and updating the competency framework the whole profession will be carried forward. The chartered association chose, for the first time, to do this via co-creation. They invited in HR professionals and people interested in the future of HR to go beyond thinking through what they wanted and also to contribute to its production.

Percolab’s role

Percolab designed the co-creation process in collaboration with an HR professional. The process integrated multiple voices in the field in a creative and constructive way, mixing wisdom and experience of HR professionals with inspirational examples, creative thinking, conceptual frameworks of the future, and collective sense making.   

A radically creative process that had three phases:

  1. Capture what is useful in what already exists and reveal the possibilities and dreams, for both the format and content of the framework.
  2. Iteratively develop the new structure of the guide via a series of workshops with the HR community.
  3. Validate specific sections of the guide with targeted stakeholders

To support the entire process, particularly with the context of participants coming in and out of the process, a visual strategy was put in place. Over 200 people contributed to the different steps of the process and were aided by an evolutive mural.

The workshops and the facilitation and the visual tools were all Percolab’s responsibility. The strategy, writing, and presentation of results were a shared responsibility with the client.  

Impacts

 

  • The creation of a simple, practical competency guide
  • A guide that has the support and pride of the HR community and will be well used from inspectors, to university program design, and HR professional development & certification.  
  • An example of a competency framework for HR professionals in Canada and the world  
  • Integration of two new domains of HR competence – innovation process and technology

 

 

Evolutive mural by Paul Messer, Percolab

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À quoi sert une formation percolab?

Je suis consciente que notre approche de formation est non-conventionnelle, voir déstabilisante pour les participants.  

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Formation auprès des élus et agents de développement économique du Québec.

Il y a trois motivations derrière notre modèle  :

  1. Connecter ses façons de travailler avec des cadres conceptuels pour créer du sens.
  2. Vivre des expériences qui permettent d’entrer dans des subtilités pour amplifier sa manière de travailler.
  3. Construire sur ce que l’on fait déjà si bien avec plus de conscience.
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Atelier offert au secteur des entreprises d’insertion sociale du Québec.

Pas évident d’avoir des indicateurs sur de telles intentions.

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Des participants en plein travail lors d’un atelier sur les Méthodes d’intelligence collective.

Quand Philippe Garon, un participant d’une formation en région (Gaspésie, Québec), m’a fait un retour sur son expérience, ça m’a fait chaud au coeur. J’entends l’impact à travers son récit.

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Philippe Garon en action professionnelle.

“Bonjour !

Je suis un artiste multidisciplinaire qui vit en Gaspésie. J’offre aussi mes services en rédaction, correction et animation. Grâce à la direction régionale du ministère de la Culture et des Communications, j’ai eu la chance de suivre une formation de Percolab avec Samantha Slade ici à Bonaventure en juillet 2015. En compagnie de 15 autres intervenant(e)s culturels de toute la région, j’ai pu me familiariser avec de nouvelles techniques de mobilisation créative. Quelle belle bouffée d’oxygène ! Nous avons pu nous familiariser avec plusieurs méthodes originales pour dynamiser les rencontres des multiples organisations qui œuvrent dans nos milieux. Samantha a réussi à adapter le contenu et son approche en fonction de nos réalités.

Personnellement, depuis cette formation, j’applique le plus possible dans mon travail mes apprentissages et je sens réellement une différence. Mes clients aiment expérimenter des activités qui sortent de l’ordinaire dans le cadre de leurs réunions. Leur efficacité et le plaisir qu’ils éprouvent à travailler ensemble s’en trouvent décuplés. Mais au-delà des méthodes que nous pouvons maintenant leur proposer, il y a l’importance de l’ambiance, de l’atmosphère que nous installons au sein des équipes que nous aidons. Mettre l’accent sur l’énergie positive, sur l’intelligence collective. Offrir aux gens un maximum d’espace pour leur permettre de s’exprimer et prendre le temps de vraiment les écouter. Encourager le questionnement, le rire, l’accueil des émotions, la réflexion, la créativité et la recherche d’idées audacieuses. Voilà un programme ambitieux, mais tellement motivant ! Percolab m’a donné le goût de pousser plus loin la maîtrise de l’art d’animer pour aider les gens de chez nous.”

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Philippe Garon en plein travail lors de la formation percolab dans sa région.

Merci Philippe pour un retour si ouvert. Si vous avez un retour apprenant suite à un atelier ou expérience percolab, svp partagez!!

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Coplanning and codesign Champ-de-Mars

A neighbourhood in the heart of Montreal, ravaged by a highway construction in the 1970’s, is undergoing a profound transformation. The project, known as Project Champ-de-Mars Sector, includes the creation of a new public space over the highway, the redesign of existing public spaces, a rehaul of the transportation plan and a rethink of the neighbourhood’s life and identity, including cohabitation with the local homeless populations. The percolab team has been accompanying the city of Montreal in a ground-breaking co-design process for this initiative.

The collaborative approach extends both internally and externally: there are co-planning workshops with the multiple divisions of the city and the borough as well as events in public spaces, an online platform and targeted workshops with citizens. Actively engaging with the pertinent stakeholders throughout the project is a significant shift in practice and in possibilities. The project is weaving its way forward as the participatory process advances.

Percolab approaches each participatory activity from a pedagogical perspective – the aim is to ensure that individuals feel

  • welcomed into the process
  • informed and aware of the complexity
  • connected to the possibilities
  • supported in expressing their ideas
  • reassured as to an ongoing feedback loop

Percolab’s focus is to encourage and facilitate the expression of informed and constructive individual voices and the emergence of a collective voice via fine-tuned, creative and strategic processes and tools. Co-planning and co-design requires a delicate building of trust between diverse actors and fostering a culture of agility and openness, all the while working within a wide range of constraints (engineering, architectural, technical, legal, organizational).

The public page on the process is here:  http://realisonsmtl.ca/secteurchampdemars

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Conversations for a learning society

“People don’t know they count in such a malordered, destabilized world, don’t know they are of value. A healthy global civilization cannot be constructed without building blocks of meaning, which are hewn of rights and respect,” says writer and environmental activist Paul Hawken. Isn’t it essential for people to know that they count, that they are of value, that they are directly or indirectly connected to the billions of other souls on this planet?

Much has been written in recent years about increased alienation, apathy, and the drive for individualism in North American society.  Plugged up with iPod earbuds, insulated in our cars, alone in front of our laptops or TVs, is it any wonder if we’re apathetic, alienated and all alone? Our dependence on digital connectivity crept up on us as a society, but it has greatly affected our ability to connect with others in a meaningful way as we stay in touch at arm’s length.

We’ve become a society of highly-specialized experts, believing that we somehow need a PhD (or at least to have written a few books) for our opinions to have value, for our lived experience and perception of the world to matter. We feel more secure in regurgitating a professional soundbite than in formulating our own thoughts.  We draw on facts and statistics, and forget that this information is created by human beings, just like us, doing the best they can with the knowledge they have.

It is not easy for each of us to engage, to feel connected, to understand the “malordered, destabilized world”. Many of us ask ourselves: “What can I do? Where do I start? Who should I talk to? How can I understand what is going on? Why should I even care?” Instead of renting our opinions from so-called experts, could we not give ourselves permission to engage with complex information, struggle with dissenting views and help each other come up with our own response? A very old-fashioned concept called “conversation” can help us figure out how.

Conversations are possibly one of the most effective ways in which we can learn, connect with others, and find meaning. Often it is the informal conversations in our life, rather than the structured formality of the classroom, top stories on the 6 o’clock news, or 30-second soundbites from experts, which teach us key lessons about  the world. For most of us, conversations are at the heart of our relationships. They are the primary way with which we communicate and relate to friends, family, and even strangers on the bus.

Our familiarity with “conversation” as part of the everyday also means that its potential and power is often overlooked as a learning tool or community-building exercise. We need to reclaim the simple conversation as a valuable way of fostering learning, critical thinking, participation and belonging.

By its very nature a conversation is a relaxed, casual interaction between more than one person: a back and forth exchange of words with no single person dominating and where ideas can take many different orbits and trajectories. A truly engaging and respectful conversation is an opportunity to create something anew: a new idea, a new perspective, a new understanding – something that helps our lives, or indeed, our communities, succeed.

The ideal conversation involves thought-provoking topics and eager and attentive participants. It has enough room for reflections, questions, opinions, half-formed thoughts and the occasional silence. The ideas will flow and build upon each other, new connections will be made, contentious comments or tense moments will rise and then fall away as we actively seek to understand each other, rather than be right. There will be room for awkwardly-phrased sentences, the proverbial “stupid” question, and hypothetical wonderings – all in an atmosphere of respect and inclusivity. The air will be heavy with thoughtfulness. In a really, really good conversation, we will be thinking about the topic, what we heard, what we said, and what we learnt for days to come. An excellent conversation will inspire positive change, change in thinking, change in habits, and bring about some form of action: a true ripple effect.

Maybe we need to get used to the idea that our conversations have value, that they are legitimate ways of learning, and that we don’t need to be an expert to have an opinion. Maybe we need to be patient with ourselves as we discover or re-discover what it means to engage in a conversation. Maybe we need to give ourselves permission to struggle with what we think, to challenge what we are told and to pave our own way.  Maybe we need to remember that the most profound way of learning is available to each and every one of us. It is as close as the nearest person. Your boyfriend, girlfriend, mother, brother, the cranky person sitting next to you on the bus, the teenage boy who bags your groceries, your pal’s three-year-old daughter, your 97 year-old neighbour, or the folks gathered in your local café all have a point-of-viewing different from each of ours, and each interaction holds the potential for a life-changing conversation – if we only took the risk to dig a little deeper.

elizabeth@percolab.com

This article originally appeared in the 2009 edition of the Green Consciousness Guide.

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