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  • Submitted by Tree on Sep 26, 2012

    Wowie zowie, it's finally here, the tech infrastructure we've been waiting for to map card sequences! It is now possible to select a sequence of cards online and save it for later. Each sequence is assigned a unique URL for later viewing and editing. You can choose a default layout of 10 cards in a row, or make up your own layout within a 10 x 10 grid.  You can start from someone else's layout or sequence and then modify and resave under a new name.  You can even ask the site to "deal" you a random card, thus bringing Group Works tarot online.  The new card-mapping program can be used to save specific sets of cards for such purposes as:

    • illustrating a facilitation method
    • planning out a session in order by cards
    • sharing and discussing with your team

    To try out the new card-mapping program, first log in on the regular site (otherwise you won't be able to save any work in the new program), and then go to this page:Card Mapping. The program includes documentation and help pages, visit the links posted there.  This new program is still in "beta," so for any work you care about, we suggest making notes in hard copy or on your own system, or laying out the physical cards and taking a picture for the record.

    A huge thank you to Vine, our dedicated programmer.

  • Submitted by Sue on Aug 9, 2012

    Scheduled for the eve of the NCDD conference, the project will be hosting a "Method Mapping" workshop to inquire into/play with how the cards might help delineate/distinguish different group methodologies.  If you can be in Seattle this day, please join us!  Here's the invite:

       You're invited to...

       MAPPING METHODS WITH THE GROUP WORKS CARDS

       Date: Thursday, October 11, 2012   

       Time: 1:30-5:30 p.m.

       Location: Antioch University Seattle, room 200

    Before there was a 91-card deck called Group Works, there was a profusion of full-scale methods for working with groups large and small:  Way of Council; Open Space; Art of Hosting; World Cafe; Appreciative Inquiry; Future Search; Sociocracy; and dozens more.  The deck aimed to distill the core wisdom underlying the successful application of these methods:  what do they have in common when they are working, when a group really flows?  Now it's time to do some "reverse engineering."  We want to take the cards and use them as a common vocabulary to map out the methods.  If you had to pick 3 or 5 or 10 cards to explain to someone how your favorite method works, which ones would you choose, and in what order? 

    We are inviting people to attend this free session hosted at Antioch University (near the site of the NCDD conference http://ncdd.org/events), the day before the conference begins.  The more familiar you are with the cards and with one or more facilitation methods the better, but as long as you've at least laid eyes on the deck before the session, we're happy to have you join us.  Depending on how many people participate, we'll probably split into small groups with 1-5 people working on each method at...

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  • Submitted by Sue on Aug 9, 2012

    Good news: Tree & Sue's proposal for a workshop on the cards has been accepted for the upcoming NCDD conference in Seattle!  If you are attending, come and share your experience with the cards...  If you know someone from your network coming to the Seattle conference, encourage them to check out our workshop.  

    Group Works Cards:  Applications    Friday, October 12, 2 -4 p.m.

    The Group Works deck is a creative synthesis of core wisdom in the field of facilitation and group convening, collaboratively distilled over several years by experienced practitioners from a variety of organizational backgrounds.  Come to this workshop to learn how these pattern cards can be used by groups and individuals for reflection, planning, analysis, and other guidance to generate more alive and productive group sessions.  Participants will receive a color booklet with summary charts, suggested uses and further resources.

  • Submitted by Tree on Jul 11, 2012

    Tree says:  A few of us are in the process of developing various workshops around the cards, individually and in collaboration.  So far there are two basic workshop types that i know of, and i suspect a few more are out there.  The first is a basic introduction to the cards.  The second is designed to answer the initial question many of us associated with the project typically receive, which is:  "How do you use the deck?"  In my mind there are 4 basic categories of usage: 

    1. learning and self-assessment (for individuals and groups)
    2. planning
    3. guidance mid-stream (or just before an event)
    4. reflection and debriefing (which in some ways is a subset of #1, but seems worthy of its own standing)

    Sue & i have developed a workshop covering these that i am hoping we are able to deliver at the NCDD conference and elsewhere.  The Oregon Mediation Association has accepted my proposal to present a concurrent session at their fall conference.  The coordinator of the Alt Blues Recess coming up in a few weeks wants creative workshops there even though it's mainly a dance event.  And the workshops coordinator at the Beloved Festival just asked me about presenting a workshop on Group Works.  I'm excited that we are getting the word out in a variety of venues.

     

  • Submitted by Sue on May 15, 2012

    On May 10th Tree Bressen and Sue Woehrlin co-hosted a telephone presentation on the card deck with some 45 NCDD members around the country.  Tree and Sue shared the history of the Group Pattern Language Project (and specifically the process that birthed the cards), lead participants through a couple of reflective exercises with the category keystone cards from the deck, addressed possible uses of the cards, and then facilitated an open-ended discussion.  Several other project members participated, including John Abbe, Raines Cohen, Betsy Morris and Amy Lenzo.  Toward the end of the call Sandy Heierbacher (NCDD director) invited the assembled group to brainstorm sugestions for how the cards might be used at the upcoming national NCDD conference in Seattle this coming October. All in all, a very lively event!

  • Submitted by Sue on Apr 26, 2012

    In recent weeks we've been mentioned in newsletters by both the World Cafe and AmericaSpeaks, in addition to Tom's blog entry on us at NCDD.

  • Submitted by Sue on Apr 26, 2012

    After three years and countless hours of meetings and work, the Group Works card deck, the first product of the Group Pattern Language Project, is finally out! You can order copies of the deck here, and you can download a free PDF copy here. We're finishing up work on a mobile/phone app version of the deck as well: more info on that here. Heartfelt thanks to all who contributed!

    Image by Susan Stewart

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