Do you have Virtual Meeting Overwhelm?

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Connecting during COVID

We are all experiencing more virtual meetings than ever before.  If we weren’t aware of too much screen time before COVID, we are aware of it now.  How can we reduce the overwhelm, inability to focus, and feeling of disconnect?  In a world of virtual verbosity, how can we strengthen human connection, with colleagues, friends and family,  through a screen?

Digital overwhelm and distraction were with us before the pandemic.  Screens had already become an extension of our brains.  The body is often just a vehicle of transport for the head. This means we may be weakening the body-mind connection, losing out on our ability to meaningfully connect with others.

5 Relationships: Three Bodies, a Field and Space

One way to strengthen human connection is by paying attention differently, holistically.  We can begin to notice the fact that we are always in relationship with three bodies, a field and space.

Noticing these relationships helps us cultivate empathy and vulnerability, even in the virtual world.  These skills strengthen human connection as well as our connection to this fragile Earth.  When we can sense ourselves and others, we gain new information, new questions, new insights which are not accessible to us through habitual dialogue or data analysis.  When we pay attention in this way, creativity and innovation are enhanced.  We may come one step closer to solving a big challenge.

Three Bodies

Every human being is always in relationship with three bodies.  Some people may be completely unaware of these bodies or often notice one but not the others.  Everyone is different. For most of us, this is a learning opportunity.  to strengthen self awareness, awareness of others and awareness of planet Earth. 

The first body is the Earth body.  Without the Earth body, we would not exist. Our feet are always touching the ground somewhere on this planet.  In Canada, we are working to  increase the awareness of the Earth body through the practice of land acknowledgements.  Land acknowledgements are a way to recognize the indigenous people who first inhabited a place such as First Nations, Métis or Inuit.  Also, we can notice our connection to the Earth body through the physical felt sensation of our feet touching the ground.  We can feel our body’s weight when we stand, sit or lie down.  We can feel the gravitational pull holding us in place.

The second body is our own individual body.  Again, everyone’s habitual noticing of their own body is very different.  Some may regularly notice hunger, thirst or physical pain.  Others may notice breath movement, the physical sensations of clothing, temperature or air.  In today’s busy, action oriented and technology focused society, many are experiencing a body disconnect or the sensation of being “more in my head than in my body.”

The third body is the social body, the collection of people who are together in a shared space for a common purpose.   Social bodies include people in a meeting, a family in a house, citizens inhabiting a city or country, shoppers in a mall, riders in a subway car, etc.  The largest social body we are all part of is humanity.  

The three bodies, Earth, individual and social, are all visible and have individual and collective shapes.   We know the Earth body is round and we can see the piece of Earth or floor that we are standing on. In addition, we can see sitting or standing body shapes, the circular shape of people seated at a round table or the constantly moving shape of a crowd protesting.

A Field

The fourth relationship is with the social field. In contrast to the visible three bodies, we are also in relationship with the invisible social field, a web of relationships that exists between the people forming a social body in the present moment.  The field is also the quality of the energy between people which can be sensed.

Space

The fifth relationship is with the space we are occupying in a given moment.  This space is the physical container we inhabit like a room, an office or a backyard.  These days, we are often in a physical and a virtual space at the same time.  Our relationship with the physical space is tangible. We can feel the furniture and quite easily sense our proximity to walls and a ceiling.  Sensing the relationship to the virtual space is a bit nebulous. We are just getting to know what it feels like to inhabit the space of a Zoom room.

A Mother-Daughter Experience From Canada and Armenia at the Horasis Global Meeting

Horasis

Photo C.G. DePineres

What is Horasis?

Horasis is a global visions community dedicated to inspiring our future.  Pre-covid, events designed to foster cross sector and cross country dialogue were held all over the world.  I was to attend my first global meeting in Cascais, Portugal in March 2020.  In preparation for the 4-day in-person event, I researched fellow panelists and topics.   I was amazed and impressed by this diverse, global community. I couldn’t imagine a more fun, intellectually engaging way to spend a week in a beautiful city.

The 2020 Horasis Extraordinary Meeting

On October 1, 2020, my daughter and I participated in the Horasis meeting gone virtual.  All attendees are also panelists.  Panelists are sought out by the chairman and founder, Dr. Frank-Jürgen Richter, a former Director of the World Economic Forum.

horasis

Frank reached out to me on Linked-In over a year ago. He thought I had a unique perspective to offer.  I had never heard of Horasis prior and was honoured to be “found” by Frank. As Horasis was seeking more young participants, I introduced Frank to my daughter, Sashka Avanyan, a young social entrepreneur, whom he subsequently invited as well.  Sashka and I were excited about the unusual experience of participating in a conference at the same time.

Virtual Horasis

Screen-shot of the Run the World platform

Screen-shot of the Run the World platform

Alas, the pandemic cancelled a beautiful experience in Portugal.  Instead, Sashka and I were confined to our current locations, me in Canada and Sashka in Armenia.

Horasis shifted to a 17 hour, virtual conference. There were over 900 attendees speaking across 134 panels, 11 plenaries, special addresses and multiple virtual receptions.  Not a single session ran over time.  In virtual conferences you are kicked out immediately when the clock runs out!  We all experienced and witnessed being cut-off mid-sentence.

Meet My Panel – Developing Deep Learning while in Isolation

Horasis

Photo, Horasis panelist, Joan O’Donnell

Panelists from left to right:  Top row: Toufi Saliba, CEO Toda.Network, USA, me, Mark Mueller-Eberstein, CEO, Adgetec Corporation, USA (Panel Chair). Bottom row:  Andrew McGregor, Founder, Oomvelt Research, USA, Lila Tretikov, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft, USA.

The Deep Learning Discussion

This panel touched on the questions:

  • How can we ensure the access to data to develop deep learning?
  • How can we judge the results of these systems if we remain isolated?
  • Are we educated well enough to judge?
  • What is Deep Learning from the human perspective?

Deep learning is a subset of machine learning, a branch of artificial intelligence (AI) that configures computers to perform tasks through experience.  In contrast to my fellow panelists who are all working directly with AI, I provided the human perspective on deep learning.

Human Learning

Human Learning

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Human deep learning can be defined as the ability to quickly master complicated information or learn a cognitively demanding skill. This learning creates value for you and for the world.

Depth is Eroding

horasis mind equity

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Learning these days is at risk, as pointed out in Maggie Jackson’s book, Distraction, with an entire chapter dedicated to the erosion of depth in our pursuit of knowledge. We are often ceding control over learning to a digital environment. We are often not the master of our tools.  We are sometimes abdicating responsibility for learning to Google. Our heads are in screens, disconnected from our bodies.

Holistic Human Learning

Human learning at the deepest levels is holistic and, in addition to the intellectual, thinking, cognitive processing that occurs, we also process data from the five relationships that we are always in.  These five relationships are always there, whether we notice them or not.

Human Learning Horasis

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These are

  1. Our relationship with ourselves, degree of self awareness of physical and emotional states,
  2. Our physical relationship with Earth, as our bodies are attached through gravitational pull,
  3. Our relationship with the visible social body – other humans we are interacting with in a given moment,
  4. Our relationship with the invisible social field – the level of relational connectedness, history, opinions, affinity,
  5. Our relationship with the space, which now includes both our physical and our virtual spaces.

As humans, when we pay attention, or just notice, the five relationships, we are able to gather data from these five relationships. This allows us to tap into more than just intelligence. We have a holistic perception of our learning environment which enables both knowledge and wisdom.

Will AI ever be able to capture data on these levels?

Knowledge without Wisdom

An African proverb says, “Knowledge without wisdom is like water in the sand”. I believe we must acknowledge that human learning is at risk due to the emphasis on knowledge acquisition and little time spent on cultivating wisdom. We can start to protect human learning by protecting our attention. We can enable balance between the digital and the physical, the human and the machine.

It is not just about data & intellect, it is about tapping into the aggregate of the five relationships with self, Earth, social body, social field, and spaces.   Collective wisdom arises when we pay attention to the social body and the social field, as defined above.

Meet Sashka’s Panel – Post Covid Cluster Hubs

Panelists from left to right:  Top row: Sashka Avanyan, Co-Founder & Creative Director, Creopia Productions, Armenia,  Manfred Zeuch, VP, Concordia University, Edmonton, Canada, Christian Tidona, Founder, BioMed X Institute, Germany.  Bottom row:  Evgeniya Shamis, CEO, Sherpa S Pro, Russia, Pina Hirano, CEO, Asteria, Japan, Jonathan Greechan, Co-Founder, Founder Institute, USA (Chair).

Sashka

This panel touched on the questions:

  • In Covid, close socializing is not allowed – what will innovators do?
  • Will they thrive at a distance, or will they atrophy?
  • What new work mode can be substituted?

Decentralized Clusters in Armenia

Sashka, age 24, provided the perspective of decentralized innovation clusters in Armenia.

“Specifically for me, the most important thing for social entrepreneurship development is decentralization. Cluster hubs, especially in rural areas, are extremely important for growth.”

“When the pandemic hit, we gained an understanding of the fact that a decentralized world is actually a more connected world.”

Rural Area Challenges

“One downside of working in a rural area in a pandemic is the inability to meet in physical spaces to train our beneficiaries who are students. This is a poverty stricken area with average income at $100 a month. Our students don’t have the means to buy a computer that will run the software they need to learn. Now we’re trying to think of mobile models of access to hardware so students can learn creative skills. So, while social business clientele is growing in the pandemic, now our students are suffering significantly.  So we have to adapt, adapt, adapt.”

Adapting also in War

Photo Sashka Avanyan, in Vanadzor, Armenia

Photo Sashka Avanyan, in Vanadzor, Armenia

“Last week I participated in Civil Match, an online program connecting Caucasian projects with European partners. During speed networking I connected with a German, Azeri and Georgian partner. Now we’re collaborating on a mobile truck project which will have all the hardware needed to learn creative skills, traveling through three regions.  At the same time we already realize the difficulty of being so distant. The project is large and intense. We need team bonding which is very difficult through virtual only connections. And since last week we have the added complexity of war breaking out between Armenia and Azerbaijan.”

Digital and Physical Balance

I don’t think that that means that we should accept only the positives of virtual connection as the norm. There is no way that we’re going to be able to create additional decentralized clusters in rural areas unless the physical connection is there as well. Moving forward, balance between digital and physical is going to be the name of the game.

In Closing

Horasis was my first virtual conference. It was a great learning experience, full of new connections and insights.  The virtual conference is a great alternative when physical gathering is forbidden. At the end of the day, however, I felt digital overwhelm.  Further, there was no sense of a real ending to the conference, with people lingering about, exiting the space in pairs or triads, saying farewell or moving-on to a restaurant or stroll on the beach.  The streaming of panels and plenaries just stopped, leaving me in a sudden, empty void in virtual space, returning to my surroundings in my empty home office in Canada.

There was the sensation of having participated in a vibrant collective, together with my daughter. Our shared experience, while it intersected in the virtual world, was vastly different because of where our feet were physically touching the ground. I was in safe, peaceful, mask-wearing Canada, worrying about Sashka in the beautiful mountains of an insecure, uncertain, at-war Armenia.  And watching either of our panels, you would never guess the underlying dialogues going on in our heads about the realities on the ground.

Postscript

Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think*?”…that on October 2, 2020, on the front page of The Globe and Mail, we learned that Turkish-made drones that included Canadian made Wescam gear, invaded the airspace of Yerevan, Armenia’s capital.  I stress, Armenia’s capital…..this was not the airspace of the disputed territory of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh).  Wescam is owned by U.S. parent L3Harris Wescam and the technology is manufactured in Burlington, Ontario, 45 minutes from my house.

You can reach Michelle Moore at .  mindequity.ca

You can reach Sashka Avanyan at creopiaproductions.com

*Quote from the song “Ironic, Alanis Morissette, Canadian-American singer, songwriter

Zooming with the Distraction Monster

Most of us are working from home these days. I am in week four! I read a lot about the opportunity to slow down during this time. Why do I still feel overwhelm? Am I the only one scheduling too many Zoom calls? I doubt it. All this zooming around has allowed my Distraction Monster to get bigger again.
 
So, I try to be kind to myself and go back to the starting line of organizing a productive workday. Last night, I wrote down the major value added activities I aimed to achieve today. This included blocking time for research, reading, meditation, and device free physical activity. I will check email and Slack only twice, once in the morning, a second time at the end of the day.
 
I am hopeful about the future. I believe we can embrace technology in an intentional way. I don’t know how long we will be stuck in home and virtual work spaces. But I will take small steps to become the master of my tools again.
 
Last week, I gave an interview on this topic. A short closing thought is here. Listen to the full interview here.

Hosting a Big Meeting? Experiment with Device-Free

In July 2018, I had the privilege of facilitating a diverse stakeholder group in Dublin.  The Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) hosted the workshop. DFI was exploring new possibilities to improve lives for people with a disability, living in poverty. This complex issue required engagement from various leaders. Thus, DFI invited representatives from non-profits, government, academia, and activists. All were approaching the challenge from a different angle. Some of the participants knew each other but they had not often worked closely together.

People Connect with Device Disconnect

It was not the usual meeting set-up. Participants agreed to a device-free environment, even during the breaks. Please see the post-workshop feedback in this video.  Some of the comments included:

  • “I was very nervous about having a device free day. I felt that it was great to be able to connect with other people.”
  • “We don’t have mobile phones in the room and that disconnect, bringing it back to being a person, I thought that was really refreshing.”
  • “I was very nervous about being asked to spend the breaks in silence.”
  • “I really enjoyed the silence. I think it provided space to be.”

Getting out of the Head and into the Body

Further, participants engaged in an action research approach that uses the physical body.  They practicing tapping into the collective intelligence of the social body. The social body refers to the physical presence of all participants in the room.

EQUAL by Oliver ColeThe approach, known as Social Presencing, models a current system challenge.  The model is created by sensing into the physical body.  The body is used as a 360-degree sensing tool to notice the social body as well.

An Atypical Meeting Design

The meeting incorporated the following design principles:

  • Device free
  • No tables
  • Chairs in a circle, easily moved to form smaller circles
  • Movement practices in silence
  • Dialogue to draw out intuitive insights (rather than analytic thought)
  • Equal participation, all voices and bodies are present

Movement Practices

During the one-day session, several Social Presencing practices were introduced.  Participants first warmed up by practicing awareness of being in the body. They connected to the felt sense of their own bodies, the social body and the Earth. Then they were invited to physically feel their own sense of “stuckness” related to  the challenge.

Modelling the Ecosystem Challenge

After lunch, participants created a 4-D map. Please see the video of the map.  This map is a social sculpture or model of the current and emerging future state of the ecosystem challenge. The ecosystem in this case is all stakeholders impacted by or trying to alleviate poverty and disability in Ireland.

For the 4D map, the stakeholders articulated the challenge via interviews. “There is strong societal acceptance in Ireland that poverty and disability often go together.” Participants physically sensed into to the current state. Then they exaggerated the physical sculpture that arose.  This enabled a future state sculpture to emerge.

After the mapping, the now more aligned and cohesive team came up with ideas for prototypes to work together.

Joan O’Donnell, Disability Federation of Ireland, wrote, “Participants found the process challenging and enlightening. They expressed greater ownership of the issue and a sense of the power of working together.”

See the video describing the STUCK exercise using Social Presencing 4D Mapping below:

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EQUAL image by Oliver Cole on Unsplash

Prototyping a Social, Digital, And Physical Future Workplace

ET Group’s 2019 Societal Transformation Lab

This is the story of ET Group’s (ETG) journey through the Societal Transformation Lab (s-lab).  ETG is a Toronto-based collaboration technology company that helps people work better together.

In this story we share:

  • Background
  • S-lab intention
  • What did we do?
  • How did it end?
  • The journey continues

Background

The s-lab is “a multi-local innovation journey for teams who are co‑shaping more sustainable and equitable social systems worldwide”. It is a program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Presencing Institute.

The Lab supports teams and initiatives with some prior experience using Theory U to lead a change initiative. In 2019, the program supported and connected 300 teams across 35 countries to simultaneously tackle social challenges using collective systems mapping and design processes.

For more information on Theory U, please visit their website or listen to this podcast.

ETG’s s-lab

ETG’s s-lab was born in Toronto on November 22, 2018 and was active through June 2019. During a company visioning session, team members modelled the world of work.  The group created a physical model using their bodies. The team used a Theory U tool called 4D mapping. 4D mapping is part of the Social Presencing toolkit. The model depicted a global workplace challenge.  The systemic challenge was identified by the group as:

“Change in the world of work continues to speed up, while the WAY work happens, to a great extent is not moving forward.” 

The 4D map revealed new insights, questions, and opportunities.  These culminated in a realization that some employees felt left behind.  There was emphasis on client well-being over employee well-being. Thus, the team decided to take action through the s-lab.

S-lab Intention

The intention of ETG’s s-lab is, “to nourish the evolution of organizations to meet complex challenges by prototyping the social and digital into the physical to inspire collaboration.”  We are prototyping a future workplace on ourselves, and sharing that journey with the world.

Passion led us here

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What Did We Do?

From January to June, we participated in

  1. Forming the team and setting the ETG s-lab intention;
  2. Applying Theory U co-sensing methods (3D Mapping) and systems-thinking analysis to the ETG initiative; better understanding how all stakeholders experience the current situation – particularly those who we know the least about; learning new ways of perceiving blockages, needs and opportunities;  identifying symptoms and deeper root issues at play;
  3. Sensemaking of observations gathered in February; applied Social Presencing Theater (SPT) exercise, 4D mapping, to model the ETG collaboration ecosystem; generating ideas for prototypes;
    • Enabling Personal Connection
    • ETG Collaboration Hub
  4. Exploring prototype ideas by doing, taking concrete actions to generate feedback from relevant stakeholders;
  5. Refining prototypes through knowledge capture and narrative creation;
  6. Reflection, next steps.

people sitting at tables

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Prototyping – Exploring the Future by Doing

Prototyping is a key aspect of the s-lab. It moves an idea into a concrete action.  Prototypes do not require a lot of investment as they are an early draft of what the final result might look like. We had to remember that prototypes are disposable tools, allowing the team to play,  test, and validate ideas.

Prototypes are not pilots.  See the differences in the chart below:

PROTOTYPES PILOTS
Experiment Plan
Rapid, Iterative Phased, careful, sequenced
Fail fast to learn fast Prove why this approach works
Learning and outcomes matter Only outcomes are important
Owned by (all) stakeholders Imposed from the outside

ETG Prototype: Enabling Personal Connection

We created a story around the Personal Connection prototype as follows. The storytelling begins with the s-lab, envisions key moments and paints a picture of the future.  We invite you to read our story below.

We are telling this story because currently people are disconnected.  People, space and technology can and need to be woven together as ONE THING.  As humans, we are becoming more digital. Yet, we desire to maintain social connections. Further, we want to come together in both physical and virtual spaces.  We want to bring the soul and quality of relationships back into our organization. We can remember what is was like to create community 20 years ago. We can recapture that experience into our present moment.

With this story, we want to reach non participants, all ETG people energizing roles, clients and partners, the S-lab community and the world.  We want people to remember that social connection is important & valuable. It takes intention and attention to make it happen. Being human in community is fun and makes a better workplace.  Everyone can take part.

hands holding tomatoes

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The story of our prototype goes like this:

Once upon a time, ETG had a certain soul.  Today, people seem distant and our physical & virtual workspaces could be more fun.  Then, our team cooked, laughed and ate together. We made music together, had parties, played sports and games. We got the inside scoop on each other’s lives.  Fast forward a few months. We enjoy fun & meaningful connection, collaboration and communication together. We rediscovered and enriched our sense of soul.

Everyone at ETG is part of this story. with the whole self, bringing their many gifts, coming together to shape our soul.  The story happens in physical and virtual spaces. It happens in eating, music and playing spaces too.

The experience is human, fun, soulful, connected, with a lot of diversity and variety.  We are infused with the vibe of fun music, laughter. Food is always present.

At the end of the year, when reflecting on months passed, we will be able to tell stories of music, fun, laughter, great food, personal anecdotes, and new connections.

green bamboo in a white room

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ETG Prototype: Collaboration Hub

We created a story around the Collaboration Hub prototype as follows. The storytelling begins with the s-lab, envisions key moments and paints a picture of the future.  We invite you to read our story below.

The evolving nature of work is creating a gap between people. There’s a need emerging for a workplace that’s a collaboration hub.

Our story goes like this:

Companies struggle with real estate. Costs are always increasing and there’s pressure to make the best use of what they have. Mobile technology means that people are often out of the office. Their space is unoccupied but paid for. Meeting rooms are either over-subscribed or empty for hours.

People struggle with workplaces. They often don’t even have their own desk anymore. Noise and lack of privacy intrude into productivity. Commuting gets longer and more frustrating every year. Why even go?

People struggle with technology. They avoid video, so everyone’s a disembodied voice. Engagement suffers. Technology fails to work as expected.

Our goal was to use our own space as a continuous prototype for a better way to collaborate. What we learn from this can help others on their own journeys.

We asked ourselves: How might we live the experience that we want our customers to have?

We will hear the “voice of technology” and connect everyone – simply and easily.

We will talk and eat with one another in spaces of comfort and sharing.

We will make our guests feel welcome and inspired.

We will come back to this place even when we are far away.

We will be connected.

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How Did It End? Individual Reflections

Two subteams convened for a reflective session on the s-lab.  Some highlights from these reflections are given below.

From this time together as a team…..

  • “We were very internally focused on space and people.  We did not spend time on the broader ecosystem.”
  • “We practiced letting go of outcomes, enabling playfulness, knowing that to impact the larger ecosystem we need to work on self, then team, then the outside world.”
  • “We learned the importance of making the time to do this work.  Some are committed to the self work, why not enable each person to do that, as part of their role at ETG.”
  • “I was surprised by some people who showed up at the 4D mapping and how cool it was to experience the participation and openness.”
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    “I noticed that I can keep doing things that feel right,  without asking permission. I know that I won’t be judged for this.”

  • “AT ETG we are taking baby steps with judgement, trust, self-management…..and now there is more rope to do something beneficial. I can bitch less, have coffee with others more.”
  • “When transforming people, space and technology, the hardest thing to change is people.  I realize that some really small changes, like having a BBQ, can have a big, positive impact.  Small things can have big, positive or negative impact.
  • “The biggest concern for any organization should be when their most passionate people become quiet.  I was bitter and jaded before. Then I noticed that my one, little, loud voice was heard. This was a big change for me. I learned that you have to change yourself before you can change an organization.”
  • “There is a realization that we have created a framework for change, but then there is the individual’s desire to change and exist in a new reality.  One big opportunity is individual development and acknowledging that you can’t push this on someone. At the same time, we have to accept that some people may not want to do self work.  We need to meet ETG where it is.”

We, as a team, see the following possibilities.

  • “We can sense back into the societal transformation lab’s intention and really realize it.”
  • window with ocean view

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    “ETG will be socially sustainable first.  Then it can focus on the environment.”

  • “There is power to engage with like minded companies in Toronto to have greater societal impact.”
  • “There can be two initiatives, ETG and an initiative of a group of companies.”
  • “We can create a satellite office.”
  • “There can be space in the office for socializing.”
  • “We can have BBQs and other social gatherings.”
  • ““The s-lab can live on through our playbook, the ET Group Way, as a mindset and as a collective movement.”
  • “We can introduce the symbiotic organization, to enable people to understand the importance of the evolution of the individual.”
  • “As individuals who participated in the s-lab, we can model that it is ok to develop yourself in the context of your ETG work.  ETG can invite that by not forcing people to take time off to do self work.”

The Journey Continues

The s-lab journey continues in a container, where learning is amplified, and we cultivate our social soil.

The container. Engaging as a team in the s-lab enabled us to build a container for change.  This container is the holding space for individual change, team change, organizational change and ultimately, societal change.  We are committed to continuously evolving this container for a generative social process. We recognize that this is only the beginning.

Learning amplified. We have experienced learning differently.  Traditionally, we are conditioned to learn mostly by reflecting on the past.  Now, we know that we can also learn and lead from the emerging future. Recognizing our humanness, we can sense and actualize a high potential future with the new practices and tools we have tested.

fresh soil and grass growing

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Our social soil.  We have awareness of our social field, both as a team and as part of a larger ecosystem.  This social field is the quality of relationships that result in patterns of thinking, communicating and organizing.  These patterns create practical results. Thus, we care about the quality of the ETG soil that nurtures the ETG field.

In conclusion, the s-lab lives on in our continuous evolution towards self-management.  It lives on through the ET Group Way. The continuation of the s-lab prototypes and the creation of new initiatives aligned with the ETG s-lab purpose, is held in the newly formed Teamwork & Relationships circle.

Stay tuned!

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