Co-Initiating: Uncovering Shared Intention:
The starting point of the process is to build a container (a holding space) for a core group that is going through the process together.
This first stage lays the foundation for the later process and its impact. This first step of co-initiating focuses on uncovering common intention.
Listening is the Key.
- Listening to your own intention or to what life calls you to do (listening to oneself)
- Listening to your core partners in the field (listening to others)
- Listening to what you are called to do now (listening to what emerges)
Outcomes of Co-Initiating:
Whatever you do during the movement of co-initiation, make sure that by the end of that stage you have established the following:
- A Shared intention of what you want to create
- Critical questions you need to explore
- A core group that guides the initiative
- A core team to dive into the U process
- Deep Listening and Conversation Practices
- An effective support structure
- Resources: People, Place, Budget
- An initial set of driving forces to explore
- An initial list of possible learning journeys.
- An initial roadmap for the way forward.
- Listen to What Life Calls you to do.
- Listen and Dialogue with Interesting Players on the Edges
- Clarify Intention and Core Quesions
- Convene a diverse core group around a shared intention
- Build the Container (holding space)
Next writeup will be on Co-Sensing.
This write up is based on Theory U by MIT Prof. Dr. Otto Scharmer.