I have been doing a lot of work within organisations this last while - building more engaged and participatory cultures so that better results can be achieved. This includes working with senior leaders, delivering strategic interventions as well as building capacity (see here for more). In addition to getting results swiftly, people get really excited to learn a whole new suite of tools and a new way of thinking about problem solving. It immediately starts to be applied all over the organisation - as one client put it last week "what we do is not hugely different, the structure is not undergoing big re-design but how we do everything is changing".
In this same meeting of senior leaders last week one person said that it feels like "a participatory leadership take-over"! This lead us into a great conversation about when and when not to apply a participatory approach. This type of discernment is essential to expanding our leadership to integrate greater engagement. Everyone seems to want do it - but the right conditions are critical.
Article originally published on South Shore NOW, Everything you need to know about Nova Scotia's South Shore ...
MAHONE BAY - Leaders from across Lunenburg County gathered at the Mahone Bay Centre last week to learn more about initiatives happening in the area.
The event, hosted by Now Lunenburg County, highlighted 16 projects based on topics ranging from entrepreneurship, to education, youth engagement, politics and more.
"This is a new way of approaching project work and bringing about change," said Elspeth McLean-Wile, one of Now Lunenburg County's founding members.
Last week's event was a follow up to Now Lunenburg County's launch event in May, where community members from across sectors were invited to a public forum to discuss the challenges facing the area and take action.
Comments welcome! What does this provoke for you?
Been inspired by Zaid Hassan's recent book on Social Labs for our work with NOW Lunenburg County and with the potential for Transformative Scenario Planning in our region. Seems like lots of people are talking about one or the other. Here's a few thoughts on the choice - which is needed when from my perspective ...
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