Harvesting and Collective Sense Making

Join us to explore: How we move from Dialogue and Conversation to Actions and Learning.




We see an overall need for a sophisticated theory of harvesting to give direction and meaning to our practice, beginning with a deeper understanding about how we learn, know, and make sense of the world around us – as individuals and in groups

To be part of an effective Community of Practice – we learn most effectively with each other when we are sharing stories, designing together and asking for help.


What is included in the Course?
  • Course Compendium
  • 40+ Video sessions
  • 6 Exercises
  • 3 Bonus videos
  • One year Access to Beehive Community Calls for all live sessions.
  • You become part of a thriving learning community of peers.




The content of the course has been designed by Chris, Amy and Rowan, inviting some of the most experienced practitioners to share what they have learned and what they are learning.
In this course you will find contributions from Chris CorriganMonica Nissen,  Kelvy BirdDavid Sibbet, & Zulma Patarroyo



Design and process architecture that makes good use of harvesting for action and learning

Co-created principles and practices to guide your own harvesting work.


Ways and methods of harvesting personal and collective insight from dialogue processes

Practice harvesting personally and collectively

Strategic Application

The influence of power dynamics and differences in the harvesting strategy.
How to weave harvesting into strategic work over time.
A framework for designing harvesting plans.

What does it mean to make sense and harvest in living adaptive systems?

A sneak peak into the course. Chris Corrigan sharing from his experience.




We are offering a more flexible way for you to engage with our courses. We have taken the treasure chest of recordings form our realtime courses and curated the teachings, exercises and support material into a valuable learning experience that you can engage with on your own time.  At the same time you will learn with a community of peer learners and be able to connect in our live community sessions. The format has these main components:

  • Self paced learning: Through carefully curated bite size videos and audio presenting the core ideas. This allows you to access the teachings when it is convenient for you.
  • A community of peer learners and peer feedback. This allows us to get to know peers from all over the world and reflect on our own practice in the light of what others are doing.
  • Simple exercises to help you integrate your learning in your context.
  • A practice guide for reference and inspiration, that you can print out and take with you.
  • Live Community Calls to inspire and connect throughout the year, where you will be able to share with peers and hear from others working with different topics connected to participatory processes.

Course Structure

  • Intro to Module 1
  • The Meaning of Harvesting
  • The Harvesting Metaphor
  • Hosting the Harvest
  • Ordered and Ordered Systems
  • Complexity
  • Collective Sense Making
  • Module 1 Exercise
  • Intro to Module 2
  • PLUME: Principles for Collective Harvesting
  • PLUME Overview
  • P: Harvesting is Participatory
  • L: Harvesting is Learning
  • U: Harvesting needs to be Useful
  • M: Harvesting should be Multimodal
  • E: Harvesting is Emergent
  • Module 2 Exercise
  • Intro to Module 3
  • Chaordic Stepping Stones
  • Inviting
  • Implementing
  • Structuring
  • Tangible and Intangible Harvests
  • Module 3 Exercise
  • Intro to Module 4
  • Learning Ecology and Feedback Loops
  • The 4 Roles of Harvesting
  • The to Impact
  • Enough Clarity to Act
  • Granularity and Detail of Harvesting
  • Working with Power Structures
  • Harvest Up, Down and Sideways
  • Module 4 Exercise
  • Intro to Module 5
  • Intro to Metaphors
  • Our Filters and Biases
  • Static Metaphors
  • Mechanic Metaphors
  • Self Regulating Metaphors
  • Self Reproducing Metaphors
  • Self Expanding Metaphors
  • Self Moving and Self Reflexive Metaphors
  • Module 5 Exercise
  • Intro to Module 6
  • The Ripple Effect
  • Choosing your Context
  • Listening
  • Use Common Sense
  • Module 6 Exercise
  • Overview of Developmental Evaluation
  • Generative Scribing - Community Call
  • Using Questions Strategically


You get:
  • Course Compendium
  • 40+ Video sessions
  • 6 Practical Exercises to support your practice
  • 3 Bonus videos
  • One year Access to Beehive Community Calls for all live sessions.
  • You become part of a thriving learning community of peers.

Prices and accessibility

We don’t want finances to get in the way of your participation.  Contact us for group discounts, or if you need help making the course work for you financially.

"This discussion was really timely - for my work in community.  Learning how to create the container - with minimal structure - to harvest something meaningful - to guide our next steps.  How to ‘notice’ what is emerging and make sense collectively of what is possible and where we might begin. Thank you!"

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