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Highlights of our Pre-Event Working Session June 25-28, 2013

The purpose of the session was to hammer out our direction, priorities and strategies going forward, and streamline some of the tasks we have been doing to date.

  • To get trim -- to update, streamline, and simplify the tasks, procedures and technologies we use to accomplish our work
  • To maintain a well-functioning, sustainable organization
  • To foster a culture of collaboration -- so that anyone interested in group process feels invited and empowered to participate in achieving our objectives
  • To help people learn the possibilities of the Pattern Language and Group Works
  • To share more tools for bringing life to groups
  • To deepen the Language
  • To remain open to emergent opportunities as the profession evolves and as new technologies and collaboration and application possibilities arise.
  • We discussed a number of financial, contracting, funding and website management and organization matters, plans for future public events, and materials we could put on the website to support practitioners. We also discussed how we might attract more people to participate in the project in different ways -- which is essential if the vision we're evolving is to become a reality. We want to be able to offer a full spectrum of ways you can participate in the project: in informing and educating people about the Pattern Language and Group Works, in the development of additional tools and applications for the language, and in deepening the language. 

    In order to help people learn the possibilities of the language, in addition to continuing our workshops and being visible at relevant large events, we intend to create more materials that will support the use of the Patterns in your practice and in events (an enhanced library of ideas, testimonials, slide decks, tools, games, activities, stories and perhaps even informational videos) on our website. We hope eventually to offer 'in-depth' training courses and practitioner events, and are working, with the help of many practitioners at public events like last week's in Vancouver, to produce Method Maps that will help you understand, share and employ appropriate facilitation methods in your practices, by identifying the essential Patterns in each method and how they are most often invoked.

    All of this work, and these events and developments, will, we hope, inform our design, a few years from now, of Group Works 2.0.