"When leaders of three large community based organisations invited Michael Wood to conduct an Open Space to help work out how we could all work better to reduce the fracturing of families, we knew that we wanted to do something more creative than running a forum. What we wanted was someone to help us develop a dynamic space in which concerned people could move past their distress and would feel invigorated and safe enough to share their dreams about change. Indeed we called it a dreaming exercise. It was an outstanding success. Unanimous approval from seventy participants who chose to be there is a rare event. And the energy continues as we now develop the strategies.
-Maria Harries, Mercy Care-
Opening space in complexity and change
When life in our organisation is going 'pear shaped', when we're immersed in multi-stakeholder challenges, or when we're faced with apparently irreconcilable perspectives on an issue, we can bend ourselves into knots trying to find the 'right' answer'.
The trouble with complex, or what are sometimes called 'wicked', problems is that they often involve multiple players with competing needs and priorities. Creating on apparent solution sets up unexpected ripple effects in other parts of the system.
The good news is that there is a different way of leading in which we discern and embrace 'emergence' in the midst of what appears chaotic and disruptive, rather than trying so hard to stay in control.
We are national leaders in the application of 'Open Space Technology' as an approach for working through complexity, diversity, transition and change.