Groundwork: Preparing the field for collaboration that matters
“Just as every good farmer focuses all his attention on sustaining and enhancing the quality of the soil, every good organisational leader focuses all her attention on sustaining and enhancing the quality of the social field that she is responsible for.” – Otto Scharmer
How do we prepare and organise for powerful collaboration in service of our community, organisation and Scotland as a whole?
What principles and practices will create the right conditions for collaboration that makes a difference for the better?
The big question for many is how do we actually go about collaborating?
This 1-day introduction to Groundwork explores the nature of organising and collaborating. It uncovers the foundations of powerful collaboration by exploring a practice through which we cultivate the conditions that support people to self-organise and do their best work together. It all starts from there, for as Otto Scharmer says, the quality of the field determines the quality of the yield.
The purpose of this workshop is to support each other in building our shared capacity to collaborate more effectively and with more powerful results. We will identify some of the elements of Groundwork practice through a framework called the Foundations of Powerful Collaboration. Using this framework we will explore principles, practices and tools that can support us in practising Groundwork more consciously.
The practice of Groundwork is about much more than just being well-organised. It can be practiced at the individual, team and organisational level and in all cases, it invites a focus on that which is less visible or that happens underground, below the surface. This includes:
- the ongoing work of developing the self, the interior condition of each individual and the strengthening of personal and collective leadership.
- a focus on the quality of relationships and hosting or tending to the social field.
- holding the bigger perspective while defining and navigating long-term purpose and strategy.
What will you get out of this course?
By participating in this course you will be introduced to the core elements of Groundwork practice. Groundwork is both a personal and collective practice which can be integrated and applied to any aspect of life. In particular, the training will explore:
- How do we build a solid foundation for powerful collaboration?
- How could we practice more harmonious ways of organising ourselves, each other and the work that matters?
- How do we invite others in a humane, real and artful way?
- How do we create inspired and connected teams committed to creating meaningful impact?
- Where has this worked before, and what are good stories of application that can inspire and strengthen our work?
Who Should join?
This training is specifically designed for people working in teams that are interested in working more with process, participation and engagement. We encourage teams to attend together and to bring a concrete project which can be used as a focus for the practice.
Groundwork is for you, if you :
- Have an idea or goal you want to achieve
- Work within Government or Business
- Serve on a Board of Directors
- Work or volunteer with nonprofit or grassroots organisations
- Work with Social Enterprise
- Are an Entrepreneur or Intrapreneur
- Need to grow connections with people in similar questions
Come as an individual or as a team!
We invite you to join us in exploring Groundwork and the nature of organisation and collaboration in your own context.