Yes and Philly’s upcoming September gathering

Dear Yes and Philly’ers & those interested!
Goodmorning and happy September!
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OUR NEXT GATHERING is Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 14
PLEASE JOIN US for our next gathering, where we will once again experience a variety of Liberating Structures.  We’ll talk abut the underlying design (“min specs”) and ways to sort and string multiple LibStructs together to address particular change opportunities. (We may also mention our ongoing project of creating ‘something’ together, which we’re currently in the data gathering stage!)

WHEN:      Wednesday September 14th 2016
6:30-8:30 p.m.

WHERE:   Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting House
20 East Mermaid Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19118

                 (Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia)

COST:       FREE (we do ask for your small donations to help cover costs)

YUM:         Please do bring some healthy snacks to share.
We love our snack break time together🙂

RSVP via reply via below email or via our eventbrite link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/yes-and-philly-transforming-collaboration-session-tickets-27418774292

If you have been with us before, you know the “surprising power” of the transformative collaboration methods called LIBERATING STRUCTURES.  If you have not attended a YES, AND. . . PHILLY gathering before, you will experience ways to rapidly and powerfully change and improve the collaboration in any group.

At YES, AND. . . PHILLY, we use these proven methods (successfully taught and used in more than 20 countries around the world), along with the power of simply-framed stories for expressing understanding and intention; and the power of visual methods to express these things in ways that words alone can not.

THANKS AND COME GET LIBERATED!

Cheers,
Bruce, Cathy & Amanda

 

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Amanda Lyons
Bruce Waltuck
Cathy Reynolds
and… you!
CONNECT | COLLABORATE | CREATE
*Do you have or know of space that could host Yes, and Philly in the Philadelphia area? We’re always looking! The best space for Yes, and…Philly events has some open space, natural light/windows, and moveable chairs. It’s also a place where we can bring in our own food. Reach out!
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invite to our May gathering

Yes, And. . . Philly MAY gathering

Monday, May 9, 2016 from 6.30-8.30pm at the Chestnut Hill Meetinghouse

RSVP via email below

– data gathering
– storytelling
– and…
 

We may talk about our next steps, hear STORIES from participants, practice facilitating liberating structures &/or build collaborative relationships, and…. Attendance is by donation. SNACKS are potluck style & will happen at a specific snack break – feel free to bring something & someone! 

We look forward to another amazing gathering, with. . . YOU!

– Amanda, Bruce, & Cathy

yesandphilly(at)gmail(dot)com

making ‘something’ with theories & structures

Yes, and… Philly! folks continually ask, ‘How can we build on what we’ve thus far talked about and done as a group?’ Creating, making is a process. Here’s a recap on our process so far!

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This time around we decided to integrate: Theory U, liberating structures, design, and the stories we’ve heard as a group from our group members thus far about the difficulty of having conversations about death & dying, about what it means to be a citizen, about opiate addiction, about what it means to eat well, and….

We started by asking people to each choose a paper bag, grab some post-its & markers, and write/draw many answers to the question, “What baggage are you carrying around? What’s the baggage (both negative and positive) that’s with you as you think about the stories we’ve heard or your experiences in conversations about death & dying, addiction, eating well, etc.?”

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Markers wrote continuously & the ideas flowed as we reflected inward. Next we took 5 minutes to journal our own reflection of the experience of identifying our baggage.

In order to begin to visualize these concepts and how they might relate to each of us, a volunteer pulled one post-it out of their bag & read aloud to the group. All who resonated with that concept were asked to stand close to that person. We called this ‘Making Visible’ and did several rounds. We found that much of our inner baggage is not quite this individual inner angst where one is so alone, yet a collective feeling that so many of us share. 

We took all of our ‘baggage’ notes to the wall and begin creating clusters to see patterns & name those patterns.

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A break took us to the kitchen, where we snacked & jumped into our next activity.

We looked at Ecocycle Planning (a liberating structure) to keep in the back of our minds and then, in small teams, created Concept Posters: a poster sharing your team’s idea for a prototype to change some aspect of a pattern from our last activity – each team chose their own pattern, one that resonated with them. Here are our posters:

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The balancing knowledge framework for thinking about death & dying!

 

 

 

 

 

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The idea smorgasbord to create safe space for conversations that might bring up anxieties or trepidation for people!

 

 

 

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The detectivizing kit to nurture our inner curiosity is full of question cards to help people (maybe patients) look at things from a perspective of curiosity!

 

From each of these ideas, we have pulled a question or two. In the time between this meeting and our next, we are each charged with (you too!) asking the following questions of those in our network. [Please join us: ask these questions to as many people in your life/work as you can & share what you learn via email yesandphilly@gmail.com]:

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  1. How do you feel when you learn something you didn’t know?
  2. What’s a choice you’ve made or seen someone make lately that resulted in an accepting & loving atmosphere?
  3. What is present in the environment surrounding you when you feel most comfortable sharing your opinion and values?
  4. How would you (or do you) create a comfortable space if/when hosting others in a difficult conversation?
  5. What does it mean to be curious for you?
  6. How often do you operate from a curious perspective?
  7. What’s the thing in your future you’re most curious about right now?!

Next time we gather, we plan to hear 1 minute stories from anyone who asked these questions or has a story to tell around them & as a group design our next step in ‘making this thing’!  Hope you can join us!

your invited to our MARCH gathering!

Yes, And. . . Philly MARCH gathering

Monday, March 21, 2016 from 6.30-8.30pm at the Chestnut Hill Meetinghouse

RSVP via email below or eventbrite

We may talk about our next steps, hear STORIES from participants, practice facilitating liberating structures &/or build collaborative relationships, and…. Attendance is by donation. SNACKS are potluck style & will happen at a specific snack break – feel free to bring something & someone! 

We look forward to another amazing gathering, with. . . YOU!

– Amanda, Bruce, & Cathy

yesandphilly(at)gmail(dot)com

design meeting thoughts

Bruce, Cathy & Amanda met back in December to chat about what’s emerging for Yes, and…Philly. As usual, we went for an awesome Indian restaurant, this time in North East Philly.

souptonutsWe talked about how to really take what we’re up to and build out what’s next with the group. There’s been interest in learning facilitation techniques, interest in using liberating structures in actual change projects together and there’s always great networking & conversations too! We’re excited to open the conversation up and see what we all can’t create together, keeping in mind minimum specs, of course!

next400There are lots and lots of ways we could work together! We are excited to jump in and figure out how we will continue to learn and change together!
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So, we ask, what’s the best next step for you?!

thanks!

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THANKS for those who came out to our NOVEMBER gathering of Yes and… Philly! (And to those who wanted to!) There’s nothing like great community conversations to help connect each other and start things! Whoosh!

Put our next date in the calendar – December 7, 2015, 6.30-8.30 location tbd!

(blog recap coming soon!)

november Yes, and…Philly! storytelling is coming up!

Yes, and… Philly NOVEMBER: 
exploring our challenges via story with Liberating Structures, and…
Thursday, Nov 12 2015
6.30 to 8.30 pm
Chestnut Hill Meeting House
(20 E. Mermaid Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19118)

RSVP and more details via: http://yesandphillynov2015.eventbrite.com
* Bring food to share (potluck style) your friends & colleagues. We’re hoping to add age diversity to our group, please forward on to any students or retirees who might be interested! All are welcome!
* We ask for donations at the event to cover the cost of space rental and other organizing costs.
Have a great day!
Listening,
Amanda, Bruce, and Cathy
ps. Put Dec 7th (location tbd) on your calendar for next month!

Community stories create connections!

social3lights600Sharing stories that we are passionate about connect us in real ways, creating awesome energy. Folks arrive at our Yes, and… Philly gatherings excited to learn more about each other’s
passion projects AND we leave feeling jazzed anew – ready to connect the night’s storytellers with our network, new knowledge and our own ideas!


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Telling the stories that we are passionate about and asking questions about how we can help each other seems to resonate well with the group.

TAKE AWAYS from our session included (index card gathering photo below):

  • It’s not hopeless!
  • Stories have the power to share meaning and call us to act together
  • Stories are a catalyst for change
  • Passion!
  • inspired to meet up and talk more with storytellers

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Interested in telling your story at our next Yes and… Philly gathering? Reach out! yesandphilly(at)gmail(dot)com