I went along to the Facilitators’ Network here in Edinburgh and learned about a strategic visioning tool called Three Horizons.
It’s a tool that allows us to imagine what an ideal future (H3) may look like.
The following diagram gives us an opportunity to reflect on three co-existing horizons and the interplay between them.
H1 represents the status quo. When we ask ourselves what H1 looks like we consider what’s happening right now and within that we consider what keeps things going and needs to stay. Conversely we also discuss what we need to let go of and what no longer serves us.
H2 represents innovation. It’s an entrepreneurial space. It’s about trying things out and prototyping.
H2- may look new and different but it’s really just a version of H1.
H2+ takes us into H3 (future) space and asks the question ‘What can we try?’
In H3 we explore further what this imagined future looks like.
By exploring the dynamic of the H1, H2 and H3 horizons we begin see possibilities and opportunities for change and we imagine what that change looks like within a safe space.
On the day we did a practice run of the tool under the topic ‘Future City’. We were tasked to break off into groups and go around the city taking photos of things we imagined may be H1, H2 and H3 Future Edinburgh. It was great fun and an interesting way to collaborate, discuss and imagine our ideal Future City.
Here’s a photo our group took that represents H3 – we were going for ‘playfulness’ ( whilst reflecting the future pedestrianised George Street of our imagination…)
Image courtesy of Sabina Strachan
I love learning about strategic visioning tools as it’s an area I work a lot in. I also love blending and weaving different tools to find the right fit for my client. If you would like to have a chat with me about planning for you or your team’s future, get in touch via email or give me a call on 0131 554 6551.
Thanks and all the best,
I was first introduced to the ORID facilitation framework (a concept devised by the Technology of Participation from the Institute of Cultural Affairs) at a Facilitation Network meeting, as beautifully executed by Joyce Matthews.
ORID is a framework that facilitates focussed conversations.
It helps the group to develop a deeper understanding of their experiences. Often actions emerge as a result of this shared reflection.
I find it to be a particularly elegant and grounding way of rounding off a facilitation session or meeting.
ORID stands for Objective, Reflective, Interpretive and Decisional.
As the facilitator it’s important to tailor your questions relevant to the topic in hand. Here are some ideas for using ORID to conclude a meeting.
Objective questions capture and identify facts.
– What have you noticed today?
– What ideas caught your attention?
Reflective questions get to the core of our feelings.
– How do you feel about the information we just shared?
– How would you describe the collective mood of today’s session?
– What is your gut telling you about the session?
Interpretive questions address the ‘So what’, the meaning of what just took place.
– What was your key insight?
– What did you learn?
– What does that mean for you, your team, the company (for example)?
Decisional questions ask, ‘Now what?’
– How has this experience changed your thinking?
– What will you do as a result?
– What are your next steps?
I’d love to know if you have used this tool before and if so, what your experience was. Feel free to drop me a note anytime.
Here’s to a focussed week ahead,
Do ever feel that you’re going through the motions at work? That at times it feels like you spend most of your day fire fighting with little to show at the end of it?
One way to gently dislodge yourself from this mode of working to consider the ways you can inject creativity into the workplace. Small changes can make a big difference.
Here are some of my favourites:
1. Take ownership of your creativity.
I often go into workplaces where people make comments like, ‘I’d love to be more creative but it’s just really corporate and stuffy here. The culture in this place isn’t set up for it.’
Your experience of creativity starts with you! Be brave, get involved and challenge the status quo. The power is in your hands.
2. Seek joy in the ordinary.
You don’t need to go on a 5 day design thinking workshop to be creative. In my experience joy and creativity are closely aligned. What small things in your working day bring a sense of joy?
3. Adopt a flexible approach.
Rigidity is the enemy of creativity. Always needing to do things in a certain way is a sign that you may be suffocating your creative spark.
4. Feed your creativity every day.
Creativity isn’t art or drawing or fancy wallpaper. It may be, but it also may be cooking and sock wearing and fresh air and a new game of cards. What does creativity mean to you? Seek it out on a daily basis.
5. Celebrate individuality.
Celebrating difference and how that feeds collective thinking honours the creativity in us all.
I hope you enjoyed today’s newsletter. I’m always exploring new ideas so if there’s anything you’d like to see featured do let me know.
All the best for the rest of the week,
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