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October 2015 Feedback

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What went well

  • The energy of newbies
  • Good voices
  • Logistics felt seamless
  • The opening by Daniel
  • Wendy’s presentation was clarifying and experiential
  • Felt very familiar to other LILA events
  • Simplification of Gists worked well
  • DIGS – using the Gists worked well, lots of connections to conetent
  • The sharing of challenges by participants in opening frame
  • Note taker and facilitator in small groups
  • Time management went well

Consider changes

  • Blank name tag
  • Have less content on presenters slides
  • Consider not starting with actions
  • Invite Teresa
  • Inviting Marc and Wendy to respond to some questions – in dialogue
  • How to use food area better


Day 2 Team Feedback

  • Experimental cafe:  every person identified an experiment.
  • Gists were simpler
  • People left early but still group was large – it felt good at the end
  • I used to think now I think were rich and numerous
  • Marc was better
  • People want to try CVF in their organizaiton
  • Schedule was very clear
  • Gist structure as a report out worked well
  • Catering
  • Tell the story of what I did last year:  CIA, Hunt, ETS


  • If there are more than X people facilitation needs to be different
  • Do we want to adjust # of cafe and learning rounds or adjust the protocol
  • Yield of insights on day 2:  LILA team didn’t write down and we didn’t prompt it
  • How will agenda look like if we ask people to report back on experiments
  • Learning rounds:  report back throughout the year
  • Time for cafe
  • How to make the conversation of the learning rounds more generative:  focus on the questions, have them write initial suggestion right out front make them seem like they can be more generative
  • No transference of content to learning round, can we play with the write up to include paradoxes and the framing of the learning round. Lets look back at some of the paradoxes that Wendy mentioned.  What would Wendy say.  Remind them to apply what they just heard.
  • Would like to see more concrete examples by presenters – very abstract

Top 10 – Brainstorm at next meeting

  • Use Dave’s 10K view to start
  • Include the experiment as they were named
  • Dynamic balance
  • Synergy
  • Balance isn’t about equal proportions but about oscillation
  • Moving towards simplicity (east vs west) – some people weren’t coming at it from either or but already starting with yes and
  • CVF
  • Middle higher ground distinction
  • Assumptions either/or yes and thinkng
  • Your paradox is not my paradox:  subjective nature of paradox
  • Consistently inconsistent?  Wide swings?  Is this true?
  • Differentiation vs integration:  start/stop in one or the other


About the content

  • Nandini Baldini (sp)
  • Do people understand the difference between paradox and tradeoffs?  Is there anything that we would do about it?  The bicycle metaphor is about balance so it doesn’t reach far enough.  The synergy solution:  can you get that on a true paradox?  Most paradoxes are not true paradoxes in the hard sense.  They are situations that tend to undermine the opposite.  Control doesn’t always …creativity and vice-versa.  your situation may change – so you want to emphasize something different or being in a particular pole lets you work on things so you can pay attention to something else.  Oscillating, putting things in place until things change or actual situational changes.  Homework for team might be to capture examples of synergistic approach.  David put rapid prototyping as a test case.  Daniel’s question about social examples of synergy.
  • Wendy’s example of being a parent and academic:  Mindset shift of surrendering to paradox vs resolving the paradox.


Our experiments – remind them in feedback

  • How did having a facilitator in small group work
  • Using gists for report back to prime reflection
  • Headlines
  • Teresa to capture stories and experiments
  • Does it make sense to try to have a member host a cafe around their practice at each session like Laurent did?


  • Teresa will look at videos from last year and giv eus her feedback on whether it is consumable by a broader audience.



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