Deep Democracy, Lewis Method


Deep Democracy is a practical (facilitation) method to start dialogue together. It actively looks for the wisdom of the minority. Alternative points of views are heard, explored and brought into the decision-making process. This results in widely supported decisions and optimal use of the potential of the group. This new view on decision-making and group dynamics enables co-creation.

What do you learn in this training?
During the two day Level 1 training you will learn the basics of Deep Democracy. Next to that, you will learn practical methods that you can directly apply in your own work or private situation. The focus is on recognising the voice of the minority and how you can add this wisdom to the decision of the majority. You learn to deal with the rational and emotional aspects of decision-making. There is also plenty of space to practice during the training. You learn to:

  • Follow group dynamics and to target your interventions
  • Look at groups in a different way
  • Work with tensions and conflicts in groups
  • Take decisions that are 100% supported
  • Realise transformations in groups
  • Strengthen relations in groups.

Content Level 1
The programme is not fixed and will be decided upon by the group through Deep Democracy. In this way, you immediately experience the method concerning small decisions. Elements of the programme are:

  • ­Facilitating check-in and check-out process
  • Recognising terrorist line behaviour in the group
  • Role theory (fundamentally different way of looking at a group)
  • Applying the 5 steps of Deep Democracy; an approach to surface all alternative opinions and perspectives and take them along in decision-making
  • Specific methods such as ‘Soft shoe shuffle’ and ‘The Argument’
  • Increasing awareness about the roles you take up in a group
  • Your own neutrality in a group and the impact of it.

The study load is 16 hours. After finishing this course participants will receive an official Deep Democracy Level 1 certificate, as well as access to Deep Democracy Level 2 and to the online Deep Democracy community.

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Navigating Complexity


Perspectivity offers you a new 1-day training: Navigating Complexity

  • Do you work with multiple parties that are different from each other?
  • Do you want to achieve results together, but do you face a lot of effort, resistance and / or energy?
  • Does the word ‘complex’ often fall when it comes to your project, challenge or your cooperation?
  • Do you have the idea that you do not understand each other enough?
  • Do you feel that you do not have the right (process) tools?
  • Would you like to learn more in the field of facilitation, co-creation and / or collaboration?
  • Do you feel that complexity offers a wealth of opportunities, if only you knew how to tab them?

In these turbulent times understanding complexity means, looking at the world through different eyes. Experiencing a world full of possibilities and how to take advantage of them. Learn how to navigate your complex issue, challenge or environment …

Work together with more cohesion, ease, results and energy.

What are we going to do?

We will introduce you to what is going on with (increasing) complexity and what that means for leadership, behavior, cooperation and organization in our society – and in organizations, in governments, and in partnerships. You will be introduced to the Cynefin framework on complexity and you will practice with it. We will work with the 9 ‘Complexity Navigator’ building blocks, to realize breakthroughs and results in complex issues. We bring in case studies as examples and participants will work with their own (work-)situations.

Results

After this training, you will:

  • Know what ‘complexity’ is and why it is not the same as ‘complicated’
  • Understand why projectplans do not work in complex environments
  • Recognize constructive and destructive behavior in complexity
  • Have insight into how you can navigate in complexity
  • Experience the power of dialogue and how dialogue can lead to joint efforts/results
  • Get an idea of suitable methods and tools
  • Experience different interactive that move people
  • Receive new insights so you will find new perspectives for action.  You will be able to give (more) guidance in complexity.

Practical information

This training is also available in Eastern Africa.