Co-labs invite participants to work within the collaborative spirit of action research. Each co-lab supports a learning orientation, bringing scholars and practitioners together, prioritizing mutual benefit and cultivating current work and the next generation. We inquire/practice in an integrated way that includes personal/ first-person, interpersonal/second-person and impersonal/third-person inquiry/practice. Involvement in our programs is by donation.
Key Characteristics of an AR+ Co-Lab:
• Emergent work, i.e. we don’t know the answer in advance;• Interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral;• People affected by the problem are part of the solution;• Complexity and systems thinking;• Genuine humility and admission that we don’t know how to solve the problem;
• A dedicated space - virtual and F2F where sustainable;• A complex challenge that draws people together;• Key people who feel a deep need to address that challenge;• A facilitative, emergent methodology; • Results in action and social impact. • Regular (monthly) meetings. By donation.
Founding members include: Center for Healthcare Improvement, Chalmers Institute (SWE); Nyenrode Business School (Netherlands); IDS at U. Sussex (UK), ARAMA, (Istanbul), Center for Agro-ecology, Water and Resilience (UK), The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (USA), Royal Roads University (CAN), De LaSalle University, Manila, (PHIL), Enlivening Edge (Global).
Not to judge or force change, but to inquire, together. When else do we do deal with the ‘hot potato’ of interpersonal power/attraction? This co-lab started as a follow up to the publication of Eros/Power: Love in the Spirit of Inquiry, by Bradbury and Torbert.
The express aim is to support the transformation of power dynamics toward collaboration.
Convenes monthly. Open to new members who are involved in healthcare transformation. Emphasis on patient centric, participative and systems oriented efforts.
We may decide that sustainability issues, such as climate change are distinct and require a separate co-lab.)
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Weekly mindfulness meditation sessions online. Expect +/- 30 minutes of silent and/or guided meditation and, afterwards, short Q&A focused on the practice of mindful meditation in the midst of our lives and action researching.
This is a space for self care and self refreshment, where we can offer/receive the support of community. Welcoming change agents and activists to a meditation space in the Zen style of practice with open awareness. Hilary leads weekly sessions. Expect +/- 30 minutes of silent and/or guided meditation and, afterwards, short Q&A focused on the practice of mindful meditation in the midst of our lives.
This is a space for self care and self refreshment, where we can offer/receive the support of community. Hilary is a teacher in the Zen tradition whose first meditation retreat was in 1989. She has since received permission/encouragement to teach from her Zen teacher in the tradition of “Ordinary Mind Zen,” which deemphasizes the esoteric trappings of Zen while cultivating our natural orientation toward the transformative promise of deep silence, compassion and wisdom so that we may benefit all sentient beings.
Key theory and practice components may include some, or all, of the following: Adult developmental leadership; Organizational Learning; OD; Group Dynamics; Participative Action Learning/Research; Experiential-conversational learning, Embodied Cognition.
Practices of soft systems thinking, Facilitated Dialogue and Arts based methods are especially emphasized to help overcome the preponderance of analytical thought in action research. As is the spirit of action research, we will share facilitation. Participants are encouraged to bring (or create) projects for peer learning/coaching.
Our shared intention is to become more aware of how to serve all stakeholders in our action research. Having/starting a regular mindfulness practice is strongly encouraged.
The prize for filling out the survey is to be entered in a draw for free participation in any co-lab of your choice #2-#6 (note: does not include membership in the Institutional level co-lab #1)