Team and trust building

Work as collective

Work as collective

Time frame:

Ongoing usage
Complexity: 4/5

Background & Purpose

Sometimes working with friends on a freelance basis is just not enough but you don’t want to set up a formal company with a structure and full-time employment. At Open Space we decided to work in the form of a collective that brings diverse people together. We are still freelancers but there is a theme that unites us (in our case it is the participatory methods and sustainability in Bulgaria). It allows us to run projects independently, and also join forces for common bigger projects. We have a formal company to deal with admin and finances.
More info: http://openspace-collective.com

Contact

Name: Anton Valkov
Organisation: Open Space Collective
Email: valkov.anton@gmail.com
Website: http://www.openspace-collective.com/about-us-eng/

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Kids & Dogs

Kids & Dogs

Time frame:
Ongoing usage

Complexity: 4/5

Background & Purpose

Children and pets are part of life for many of us. Why do we keep them away from our workplaces and meetings? We found out that it can add a certain value to invite them in. The presence of children and, say a dog, brings playfulness and allows us to show up as human beings, not just as working machines. Of course, it helps to take the practicalities into account and get a feel for what, when and how much is suitable.
More info: http://www.symbiose.li/wpsymbiose/?p=65

Contact

Name: Michaela Hogenboom
Email: michaela@symbiose.li
Website: http://symbiose.li

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Icebreakers & Energizers

Icebreakers & Energizers

Time frame:
Ongoing usage

Complexity: 1/5
More info: http://wilderdom.com/games/Icebreakers.html

Background & Purpose

Basically, those are short games or physical activities. It brings a good mood to the group. It makes it easier to get to know each other and to connect. It also enables a group to stay energized during a long day and to get energized again, for example after lunch. All of us know many of those games. It is always good to have a couple of them in mind. It is also always fun – after the ice is broken – to ask if someone from the group wants to introduce an energizer.
More info: http://wilderdom.com/games/Icebreakers.html

Contact

Name: Michaela Hogenboom
Email: michaela@symbiose.li
Website: http://symbiose.li

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Who does what by when?

Who does what by when?

Time frame:
Ongoing usage

Complexity: 1/5
More info: https://goo.gl/wyVS9v

Background & Purpose

This might seem obvious, but sometimes at the end of meetings we reach agreements but we don’t define the action points to develop from them, expecting everyone will take some responsibility to make the decisions happen. Spending time during the meetings to define and prioritize next steps, the people responsible and by when these could happen will help keep your meetings and project progressing.
More info: https://goo.gl/wyVS9v

Contact

Name: Mercè
Email: merce@holon.cat
Website: http://www.holon.cat

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Sensing Journey

Sensing Journey

Time frame:

Punctual usage
Complexity: 3/5
More info: https://www.presencing.com/tools/sensing-journey

Background & Purpose

To get to know the core of the person you are thinking of starting to work with.
More info: https://www.presencing.com/tools/sensing-journey

Contact

Name: Floor Martens
Email: floor.martens@floorish.com
Website: http://www.floorish.com

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Stewarding

Stewarding

Time frame:
Ongoing usage

Complexity: 3/5
More info: http://medium.com/enspiral-tales/stewardship-at-enspiral-f73baabc5c32#.ojm1lc2l3

Background & Purpose

At Enspiral, we use stewarding to make sure people in the network are taken care of. Your steward looks after your relationship with the group, your one guaranteed point of contact. You and your steward can agree the scope of the role together. As a suggested start point, they should check in with you once per month to see how you’re going. Some stewarding relationships involve going for a walk twice a month, others involve eating gelato, others involve a regular video call.

More infos: http://medium.com/enspiral-tales/stewardship-at-enspiral-f73baabc5c32#.ojm1lc2l3

Contact

Name: Kate Beecroft
Email: labs@enspiral.com
Website: http://enspiral.com/

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Jour Fixe

Jour Fixe

Time frame:
Ongoing usage

Complexity: 2/5
More info: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jour_fixe

Background & Purpose

Due to the trend of digital nomadism, we sometimes lack face-to face time with each other. A Jour Fixe can be the simple agreement to work together at an agreed time and with agreed frequency. Teamwork will be fostered when all team members try to be present at the same time, for example for half a day a week. Meeting times can be reduced and work can become more efficient by applying this practice.
More info: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jour_fixe

Contact

Name: Michaela Hogenboom
Email: michaela@symbiose.li
Website: http://symbiose.li

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Emotional Maps

Emotional Maps

Time frame: Punctual usage
Complexity: 3/5

Background & Purpose

We hold emotional mapping sessions in order to sense what is not being said and to provide space for people to express how they are doing. We do it periodically as a sort of soft track record. It helps us to make explicit any internal tacit conflicts but also some external pressures that can be a source for future innovations or just to better fit our environment.

More info: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ibbT1jk4LPtCmccKgLHFHKE-VawKIhSI6awOC0pdBdo/edit?usp=sharing

Contact

Name: Adrià Garcia i Mateu
Email: info@laborda.coop
Website: http://www.laborda.coop

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Liquid Participation

Liquid Participation

Time frame:Ongoing usage

Complexity: 4/5

Background & Purpose

How do we make sure things get done when tasks are self-assigned, working in teams with flat structure combined with fixed deadlines? What’s beyond the carrot/stick extrinsic motivator to get things done? We created and remind ourselves of this practice in times of high workload, uneven feelings of commitment among the team or when a conflict arises.

More info: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BZyRlHVNHFolmTed7X8RLE9cnv6rzXP3Y9at2Sq-Vhw/edit

Contact

Name: Adrià Garcia Mateu
Email: adria@holon.cat
Website: http://www.holon.cat

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Ping Pong Q&A Game

Ping Pong Q&A Game

Time frame:

Punctual usage
Complexity: 1/5
More info: http://

Background & Purpose

#The “ping pong Q&A” game will inevitably result in absurd, silly and often very meaningful input:

One person asks a question which needs to be answered without pause and minimal hesitation in exactly five words by all other participants. The game works especially well in pairs.

This restriction of five words and no thinking time causes some very curious effects including answers that are surprisingly deep and provocative.
More info: http://

Contact

Name: Mischa Altmann
Email: mischa@resonanz-austria.org
Website: http://resonanz-austria.org

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