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[SOLD OUT] Creating Momentum in Collaboration | Richard Watkins

  • Barbican Frobisher Room 6, Level 4, Silk St, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DS London United Kingdom (map)

About the session

When we are designing solutions in complex environments, it’s often the human dynamics that get in the way. To bring about change we must be as thoughtful about creating momentum behind projects and proposals as about the content. But how can we get better at this? Is it just a matter of chance.

This interactive session will bring refreshing clarity to the messy art of creating momentum in complex environments. As well as creating space to share lessons with each other, Richard will introduce a powerful framework for collaborative projects that you can use to diagnose what is going right and wrong – so you can quickly sense what needs your attention. The Let’s Go Model comes from two decades of practice across applied science, design thinking consulting, and community projects – and has been refined and improved in some of the world’s most admired organisations over the last three years. You will leave the session with the sense that its possible to design the group dynamics as well as the outcome. Because (ultimately) creating momentum is something we’ve all been doing all our lives - inside and outside of work - so when are present to what’s really going on we can find the right conversation to make things flow.

Key learnings

  • If we want momentum, we must pay as much attention to the group process as to the content of our projects - groups are dynamic and sometimes ambiguous but not mystical - given the right tools we can understand and actively engage with groups.

  • The Let's Go Model points to five dynamics of groups: belief, structure, involvement, progress, care. When we understand these distinctions we can start to see what in our groups is worth celebrating, and what needs attention. (See: TEDx Roma talk)

  • How we get momentum groups is through (a) our presence - our awareness of our own tendencies and our attention on what is really going on (b) our willingness to take responsibility for identifying and having the right conversations - not hiding from the ambiguities.

This session has sold out but you can still book your day pass for Friday 25.10. You will be asked to pick 5 sessions of your choice for the day.