Stories of change


Stories of change are a great way to communicate the value and progress of a project in an accessible way.

Explore and demonstrate change

Stories of change are used to explore and demonstrate change that happens during an academic or field research project or programme. They allow the researcher to supplement quantitative indicators with qualitative information about changes in knowledge, behaviour, attitudes, practice and policies. Information that cannot easily be captured in quantitative metrics.

Bring your project to life and induce adaptive learning

Stories of change bring your project to life. Especially for outside audiences, such as external stakeholders, politicians, project financiers and the general public. Stories of change focus on small changes, showing little steps towards impact. This often leads to a wider understanding of the overall results or potential future results.

Storytelling is an art, not a science.

Stories of change induce adaptive learning within the system. They can be used to illustrate the Theory of Change (ToC) and allow stakeholders to investigate and reflect on factors that have enabled or constrained the change to occur (or not). These can be intended and unintended and may reveal important lessons about underlying assumptions. The insights are captured in a story. 

Theory and writing

The Stories of change training programme teaches academic and field researchers how to develop and present their stories of change. The training encourages them to identity small changes with potentially big impact and helps them to turn these into appealing stories that bring their research to life.

Programme

One-day group training

  • Get into the storytelling mode
  • Storytelling: the human nature
  • Getting to the essence of your story
  • Scripting your story in three steps:
    1. Brain writing
    2. Free writing
    3. Script writing
  • Writing tips
  • Publishing formats: blog, podcast, article, infographic

Follow-up: Individual written exercise to elaborate a story of change on a current project. With individual follow-up coaching, feedback and group reflection.

The positive feedback helped me to get rid of my insecurity about my writing.

In-company training

  • Number of participants: Between 8 and 32
  • Period: 1-day group training followed by individual coaching and feedback (4 hours p/p)
  • Costs: In consultation
  • Study load: 12 hours
  • Location: In-company
  • Trainers: Petra de Boer & Lisette Gast

More info:

Read the report of the Stories of change programme offered at NWO-WOTRO.

To register, send an email to info@perspectivity.org

CoResolve: Participatory Leadership Training


This 2 -day training course is for anyone that struggles with the balancing act of driving an agenda and believing in participation and inclusion. The course provides you with the knowledge and skills you need to do so successfully.

  • Are you driving a process to achieve your goal with the group you are leading or advising?
  • Do you believe in the need of participation of all – including that odd voice?
  • Are you looking for a way to harness the energy arising from conflict and turn it into fuel for productive group processes?

Then this CoResolve training is made for you!

BASIC TRAINING – 2 DAY PROGRAM

The 2-day program consists of:

  • 12 hours training – The training comprises of 5 learning modules and is based on the Lewis Method of Deep Democracy. It covers background, theoretical understanding, diagnostics, detailed steps and experiential learning.
  • 4 hours follow up – The follow up enables participants to practice and refresh the tools during the session and provide a platform where people can address and discuss issues subsequent to the initial training.

The modules provide you with the knowledge and skills to:

  • Deal with resistance
  • Make collaborative decisions
  • Understand relationships and group dynamics
  • Resolve tension.

In addition, the basic training module of the CoResolve Participative Leadership Program offers a custom-designed web-based platform supporting this program. The platform allows participants access to the learning material, exercises, discussion groups and the ability to connect to other participants internationally.

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE?

Leadership is a broad word and can be applied in different contexts. In the CoResolve Participative Leadership Program, a leader is identified as anyone driving a process to achieve an objective. Whether you are an executive, processional, manager, teacher, consultant, community worker or a student leading a project or driving a process, you gain from this program.

Most leaders are employed to drive strategy and gain results and should be spending 90% of their time on these outputs. In reality, however, most leaders spend their time trying to resolve people issues and dynamics. Usually these issues are neither rational nor logical. Furthermore, they don’t respond well to logical thinking processes and resolution tools. When leaders apply these logical tools the issues are more likely to cycle repeatedly, wasting valuable time.

The CoResolve Participative Leadership Program specifically focuses on this area. Participants are taught process driven theoretical principles and tools which equip participants to deal with the irrational human element in business. The program is experiential, enabling participants to gain confidence by applying the tools through practice.

The course provides you with the knowledge and skill to:

1. MAKE COLLABORATIVE DECISIONS
  • Facilitate rich conversations which unleash engagement and spontaneity, creativity and excitement
  • Harness the dynamic power and collective intelligence of the group by enabling even the quietest of participants to find their voice and express their views
  • Create safety, in large and small groups, that allows difficult conversations to take place
  • Search for the wisdom of the minority in groups and improve majority decision-making by incorporating the minority’s wisdom
2. UNDERSTAND RELATIONSHIPS AND GROUP DYNAMICS
  • Read the dynamics of a group, recognize early signs of resistance and emerging conflict and act in a timely manner to reduce tension
  • Understand the obstacles to good communication and build foundations for shared understanding
  • Begin and end meetings with a powerful way to connect the group and be aware of what is happening in the room
3. RESOLVE TENSION
  • Resolve differences of opinion
  • Recognize underlying tensions that block group progress
  • Diagnose shifts in group dynamics as they become polarized and rigid and select appropriate facilitation tools to use in such situations.
  • Resolve differences of opinions, arguments and conflicts. Instead of allowing anger and blaming to continue, recognize and unleash the creative potential that lies within every conflict
  • Understand and learn how to use tension as an opportunity to enhance learning, leadership development and interpersonal relationships

This training is also available in Eastern Africa. The study load is 16 hours.

More info?

Agile Communication


The world is moving. Changes follow each other more and more quickly and are simultaneously influenced by many actors and factors. It is an illusion to think that you can continue to orchestrate the communication centrally. After all, communication takes place continuously, everywhere and by everyone and with constantly changing character, actors and needs.

How do you organise communication in an ever-changing environment? This requires an agile attitude. With a flexible attitude we can respond much better to change. That may seem simple, but requires a substantially different way of working.Scrum is an innovative method to deal with this. Developed in IT, but now also widely used outside. Scrum works in short cycles – with fixed roles, recurring meetings and useful lists – which also help the Communication department to become agile.

With a flexible attitude we can respond much better to change. That may seem simple, but requires a substantially different way of working.

Training
In the in-company Agile Communication training for communication teams, you learn what agile scrum has to offer you as communication professionals. Why the long-term plan no longer works and you are better off focusing on short-term results. How you can deliver value in short cycles. How you can involve your client and your stakeholders more closely. And how you can work together with more fun and be more productive.

This training offers a mix of experiential exercises, reflection, theory and practical examples. During the training we will work with your own projects, so that you can apply the lessons learned immediately in practice.

After this training you know:

  • What agile communication is and why you need it
  • How to organise your projects agile
  • How to achieve results that really matter
  • What the conditions are to make agile work
  • How you can introduce agile methods in your organisation

For whom?
The training is intended for communication managers and professionals who are looking for practical tools to be able to deal with change flexibly.

Trainer
Petra de Boer from Perspectivity, experienced communication professional and proces facilitator. Petra is co-author of Scrum in action, the first Dutch handbook for Scrum outside of IT (Business Contact, June 2015).

In-company training
This training is offerend as a tailor-made in-company training. Discuss the opportunities with Petra de Boer.

Agile Scrum & Project Management


Scrum is a smart and agile project methodology to achieve fast and tangible results with compact project teams. Scrum has been applied in IT for many years and is rapidly gaining popularity in other fields.

Tailor-made

The Agile Scrum training by Perspectivity provides of mix of practical exercises, theoretical knowledge and examples from the field. The training is tailor-made to suit the specific needs of your organisation.

Training objectives

In this hands-on training you will learn what Scrum is, how it works and how to introduce it in your organisation. At the end of the training, participants:

  • Know what agile is and why you need to get agile
  • Understand and practiced the basic Scrum principles
  • Learn the basic conditions for a successful Scrum
  • Are inspired to start scrumming their projects

More info

The training takes anywhere from half a day up to two days and can be given at your company or any other location. The study load is 4 to 16 hours. Your trainer is Petra de Boer, experienced proces facilitator and scrum coach. She is co-author of Scum in actie, the Dutch handbook for Scrum outside IT.

Contact Petra de Boer to discuss your specific training wishes. To register, send an email to info@perspectivity.org.

Care for a Common Cause


How young leaders can create common ground and lead change.

The Care for a Common Cause training offers young community leaders a methodology that encourages them to work in multistakeholder settings on complex security issues in high-risk areas. Participants are introduced to the attitudes needed to creating common ground with different stakeholders and formulating innovative and effective action plans.

Target Group
Young community leaders (age: 18 – 30) in high-risk areas who want to engage more effectively with actors that influence their security.

We need to strengthen the collective voice of young community leaders, to enable them to engage in human security approaches on countering violent extremism.

The study load is 24 to 40 hours.

Care for a Common Cause is a joint initiative of the Human Security Collective and Perspectivity Enterprise.

Read more: Care for a Common Cause (pdf)

To register, send an email to info@perspectivity.org

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