Collaborative Synergy in a bounded group: Visualisation with Team Sociomapping.
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
How do we observe and intervene in the way groups interact?
How can we help organizations and teams improve their performance while relying less on top-down, command and control approaches?
When we look at dialogue between members of a small-medium size team, we may think that discussions are more about task type, resources, skills and goals. However, there are softer, less tangible group dynamics at play which can have significant impact on performance. The way that members of such groups interact, and the team dynamics at play, particularly when groups are separated by time and space, can be difficult to probe, monitor and make sense of.
Stephen Sillet presents October’s DwD, about team communication and synergy, and introduces a software visualisation tool called Real-time Sociomapping from QED Group in Prague. The tool has been used internationally and gained prominence when used in a 2-year Mars simulation in Russia, looking at the impact of long-term space travel on the team dynamics among astronauts. In this session we will look at NGOs, activist groups (and maybe DwD groups) to gain useful feedback into team dynamics and to discover how to integrate such tools to learn how dialogue interventions impact social dynamics.
The Sociomapping tool, has key utility in looking at changes in team/group dynamics over a time frame of months. For the purpose of the session we will use participatory drama simulations of groups, so that we can compress time, and explore how dynamics of groups can change through a couple of scenario interventions that our actors will represent. For instance, we will work through the the formation of team roles, the daily interactions in the scenario workplace, a situation where the team had to implement a mission critical task and finally explore how the use of a Clean Feedback session could help communication and improve team dynamics.
We will end with a discussion, speaking to our rationale for being interested in team dynamics and related tools. We will then open up to dialogue around interests in utilising the such approaches and tools in Canada, and if this could be used to enable teams working in stressful international development and marginalised contexts.
About the Host
Stephen Sillett is co-executive director of Aiding Dramatic Change ~ in Development (ADCID), and helps the organization research, facilitate and direct dialogue, drama and art processes for healing and community development. He directs InFusion Labs where theatre artists, therapists, scientists and social practitioners explore spatial approaches to exploration and discovery. Stephen learn about Sociomapping when researching how to monitor the dynamics of groups, organisations and facilitation teams working on development projects in South Africa. In 2011, Stephen was in the city of Prague attending the Prague Quadrennial theatre event, during that time Stephen met QED Group at their offices. During that visit he took an opportunity to bring participants from a Prague Quadrennial workshop he attended, to come and unpack their interactions using Sociomapping software. The Sociomapping session was facilitated by Pauline Willis from the UK, and proved very interesting. Since then Stephen has been looking at ways to bring such visualisation tools into the range of landscape-based approaches he uses in his practice.
If you see potential for such approaches in your project and and areas of practice please email Stephen.