collective articulation communication entanglement generating intimacy game operating from care resilience value system
FACILITATING THE SYSTEM
A methodology originated from social movements to promote the culture of collaboration. Systemic facilitation investigates, organises and structures the relationship between individuals, collectives, communities, projects and networks. Its aim is that the information of the collective as a system may emerge by means of reflections, sensations and feelings. It is a useful tool for getting awareness both of individual and collective reality; strengthening the feeling of belonging to a group or organisation; reconnecting with the power of history and values; increasing commitment to future vision; activating resources and skills of the members of the collective; speeding up decision-making processes; preventing and managing conflicts; designing possible and accessible action plans, with the commitment of those involved…
Possible itinerary: (1) Collectively agree on a generative question/topic/need. (2) Start with a round of active listening to address the question/topic/need. Each one expresses, briefly, their current status. Each one is invited to connect with the question from body, mind and sensations. (3) Collect individual perceptions in writing. Writing is often used as a channel to collect and make visible what different voices express, moving from individual towards collective. (4) Share the voices with the whole group to create a collective field.
YOU WILL NEED
A systemic facilitator. An open space allowing both the entire group and small groups to work, equipped with any necessary furniture. It might be useful to have large sheets of paper, markers, post-its or other writing/drawing materials.
This methodology, which comes from social movements, works very well in applications of the cultural context.
FUNCTION IN TE( N ) CUIDADO
Systemic facilitation has been a key tool in the development of the project. It has provided support in the creation of spaces and processes of collective articulation. It has also been useful when specifying the name of the project, defining its values and pillars together with those of the collective launching it, activating dynamics of collaboration and co-creation between agents/collectives from the same or from different fields (academic field, artistic practices and civil society), in the development of programs for co-creation sessions, just as when monitoring the project process and in the assessment.