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Innovation Lab 2013 Focus

The focus of this first edition of the Lab centered on three main questions:

  1. How do we understand the relationship between ‘peace writ small’ (effective programs at a local level) and ‘PEACE writ large’ (macro-level effects) and how are the two connected?
  2. How can we learn to plan systemically and dynamically in conflict resolution/peace work?
  3. How do we assess, understand, and measure non-linear effects?
    1. What alternatives exist to sense-making through linear causality? For example: through association, juxtaposition, serendipity, conditioning?
    2. How do we effectively integrate human-centered and data-centered processes?

These were explored through two key activities:

  1. Discussion of principals, models and concepts through focused conversations and Open Space sessions.
  2. Immediate application through working with four local Sheboygan community group leaders to support exploration of local issues through the lens of complex dynamical systems.

Lab Agenda

The Lab Agenda was structured yet included space for emergent ideas and needs of those attending.  Small group work allowed all to share and learn in more intimate settings.  Large group sessions provided time to synthesize, summarize and plan for the future.  A modified open open space approach was used to identify and convene specific sessions of interest to participants.  The agenda was adjusted daily in response to feedback and dynamics of this experienced group. Highlights of the agenda are below. Click for a PDF of the detailed Lab Agenda.

Sunday, July 7th
Participant Arrival/Check-in
Evening Buffet dinner at Blue Harbor (guests arrive throughout)
Social hour at Blue Harbor’s On the Rocks Bar (Lobby)
Monday, July 8th
Systems and Complexity Models and Principles – Core/Shared and Differences
Morning
  • Welcome and Introductions -origin and purposes of the Lab. Personal objectives.
  • Systems theory:  principles, models and methodologies (small group/large group sessions).  Explore and share convergences (similarities), divergences (tensions) and synergies between individuals’ approaches, models, and methodologies.
Afternoon
  • Synthesis of core models and principles (small group discussion/large group presentations)
  • Community Case Study – 4 groups working with leaders from 4 different community groups; a fifth Meta-group provided a systems perspective across individual community working groups throughout the week.
Tuesday, July 9th
Innovation – Successes and Areas in Need
Morning
  • Day 2 Introduction and Agenda
  • Community Case Study Work – Innovation Lab framing questions and modeling (Small group discussions)/presentation to plenary:
    1. How do we understand the relationship between ‘peace writ small’ (effective programs at the local level) and ‘Peace Writ Large’ (macro-level effects) and how are the two connected?
    2. How can we learn to plan systemically and  dynamically in conflict resolution/peace work?
    3. How do we assess, understand and measure non-linear effects?  What alternatives exist to sense-making through linear causality?
    4. What is the role and function of modeling at the intersection of complexity and peace?
Afternoon
  • Open Space – Ideas, proposals and sign up
  • Community Case Study – meet with local community representatives.
Wednesday, July 10th
Innovation Generation – Building Innovation and Innovation Capacity
Morning
  • Introduction to Day 3 and open space schedule
  • Open Space Block #1
    1. Pedagogy of Systems Thinking
    2. Latent Attractors
  • Open Space Block #2
    1. Systemic Research in Myanmar
    2. Data Analysis Techniques/Models and Dynamic Measurement
Afternoon
  • Community case study Work
  • Community Case Study – meet with local community representatives.
Thursday, July 11th
Innovation Generation and Lab Synthesis
Morning
  • Introduction to Day 4 and open space blocks #3 & #4
  • Open Space Block #3
    1. Introducing systems innovation and organizational change
    2. Resonance and Coherence:  a Fishbowl discussion
    3. Qualitative Models
  • Open Space Block #4
    1. Urban Violence
    2. Outcome Harvesting
    3. Properties of Social Networks
    4. Non-Linear Data
  • Community case study work
Afternoon
  • Lunch Discussion:  Theory of Change
  • Community case study – Client presentations and reflections
Evening Reception and Celebratory Dinner
Friday, July 12th
Action Planning – Innovation for the Future
Morning
  • Day 5 – Introduction and agenda
  • Reflections on community case work
  • Innovation Lab key ideas, projects and next steps
  • Meeting adjournment

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