Gemma Drake and Rose Mosse

How sense-making practices can help us foster a sense of care for the long-term future

We are living in unprecedented times, two and a half years into living with covid-19 and the layering of the health, cost of living and ecological crises facing us. Have we had time to stop? How are we learning from these urgent challenges? How are we caring for ourselves and each other?

In this in-person workshop, we will explore individual, relational and collective experiences of sense-making practices around the theme of ‘design over time’. Sense-making allows us to locate ourselves within the dynamics, contexts and paradigms we are part of and influenced by. It helps us to reveal where we are and align people toward more just and beautiful futures.

The workshop will incorporate movement, meditation, somatic, and art-based practices, working with the physicality of the environment and the in-person group dynamics. Drawing from Process-Oriented Psychology and Organisational, Relationship, Systems Coaching, participants will move through group systems constellation, and individual reflective practice to explore their relationship to a provocation explored through time. Finally, we will hold a space to integrate learning and insights through creative and embodied practices.

At the heart of our practice together will be a spirit of care and support. We know that it’s hard to corral engagement, navigate power and work through uncertainty. We know that change-work can be isolating, affronting, and bring up inner conflicts. We are offering a space to help you deepen your enquiry in a collective. We’ve picked tools that we find nourishing and offer them up as practices that we hope you’ll return to.

Keywords: systemic design, relational systems dynamics, reflection, coaching, futures thinking, sense-making, embodiment

Posted September 2022

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Author(s) (20##). Article title. Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD#) Symposium.