$600.00 – $800.00
October 10-11, 2018
With Chris Corrigan and Bronagh Gallagher
Complexity science is a rapidly emerging field which draws from viewing society as a complex living system. More and more people concerned about social transformation and systemic change are turning towards this way of thinking to help them better understand how their work fits into the world. Complexity science gives us a lens and a vocabulary to see organizations and societies as living, evolving systems. Instead of trying to plan and control our way to social change, complexity science suggests ways of working with life’s messy reality. It helps us recognize that it is not usually possible to know for sure how to get from Point A (what we think is the problem) to Point B (what we think is the solution), or what will truly make the difference in getting there. Complexity sciences supports us in developing new practices that reflect the ever-changing nature of our social systems.
Once upon a time, a passionate person named Lou wanted to do what they could to make a difference in the world. So, Lou, ready to get to work, joined an organization with awesome values. Lou was told that if they wanted to help people and communities make change happen, they first needed to develop strategies, action plans and targets. And, so they did. Along the way, Lou noticed that every time they finished a project, the targets had changed and so had the world… just enough for the strategy not to be relevant anymore. And, so they had to start the planning process all over again. Slowly, Lou’s passion fizzled and the value-driven organization became more and more busy planning and less and less available to do work that mattered. The real change they wanted to make seemed further and further away…
Does this story sound familiar?
We are inviting you to live a different story: a story where you question what we’ve been told about how change needs to happen. A story that reminds us that we don’t really have the answers and to let go of certainties about where we are trying to get to and how to get there. A story that focuses instead on experimentation, testing small ideas, learning from failure and rapidly picking up on good ideas to do good work. We are inviting you to explore your work from a perspective that recognizes complexity.
In this two-day workshop we will be exploring:
Over the two days we are offering:
Chris Corrigan is a principal partner of British Columbia-based Harvest Moon Consultants, Ltd., a specialized consultancy working with organizations and communities to bring high quality facilitation, strategic thinking and participatory processes to complex challenges. Since 1996, he has worked primarily with governments, not-for-profits, Indigenous communities and social enterprises. Chris’s expertise is in the use of large-scale facilitation methods to create participatory processes for complex strategic work. He has worked extensively in community, public and employee engagement and creates dialogue-based tools and processes informed by complexity theory to help leaders and teams make decisions in uncertain contexts.
Bronagh Gallagher brings over 15 years experience of working with communities and in the voluntary sector in Glasgow, Scotland. She is an experienced facilitator with a particular interest in how we use good process to work on issues of social justice, equity, and structural, systemic change. Bitten by the complexity bug several years ago, Bronagh has been in an ongoing inquiry as to what this emerging, but radical, new field can tell us about how social change happens and how we can put it into practice.
Pre-work – Reading and webinar (October 2 at 12 pm)- will offer some of the basics and give you time to start engaging with the material so we can make the best of our time together
Day 1- Exploring complexity, leadership and organisations
Day 2 – Exploring what complexity means for social change
Follow-up – Re-connection webinar (November 7 at 12 pm) to explore together how we have taken back what we have learned and any learning, insights and challenges that have followed.
While we will offer some content, we will be using dialogue, peer learning and experiential learning in this course, to explore multiple perspectives and build connections between participants.
Date: October 10-11, 2018
Time: 9 am to 5 pm (both days)
Location: Ashukan Cultural Centre, Montreal
Foundations, Institutions, Government, Private sector: $800 (plus applicable taxes)
Non-profits, community organizations, individuals: $600 (plus applicable taxes)
Bursaries: a small number of subsidized bursaries are available for representatives of citizen’s committees, grassroots groups or small community organizations that work directly on social justice issues. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
All materials, meals, and coffee breaks are included.
To register, please use the online store. If you prefer to be invoiced please contact us at email@example.com
Registration deadline: Monday, October 1, 2018
Cancellation deadline: Friday, October 5, 2018
Foundations, Institutions, Government, Private sector, Non-profits, community organizations, individuals