Monthly Archives: November 2010

KaosPilots student applications now open

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From the KaosPilots website:

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Exploring Positive Deviance

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Erika Bailey spoke about the use of Positive Deviance as an organizational strategy in the University Health Network (UHN) for the control of MRSA and other superbugs. See her slides from the Nov 10 DwD (and her PD Handout pdf).

From an interview with DR. Michael Gardam, UHN:

One of the things we do here is a program called TRIZ, where we ask people to design a system where you would spread infections to every single person in the hospital. How would you design that? And within about two minutes health care workers will yell out, “Don’t clean your hands,” “Don’t clean the room.” They all know exactly how these things are spread. But then when you talk to them about washing their hands, the answer is “Sometimes.”And from HIROC health news: Positive deviance refers to encouraging a hospital’s front-line staff members to develop methods for controlling superbugs in healthcare settings.

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Positive Deviance is based on the observation that in every community there are certain individuals or groups whose uncommon behaviors and strategies enable them to find better solutions to problems than their peers, while having access to the same resources and facing similar or worse challenges.

The Positive Deviance approach is an asset-based, problem-solving, and community-driven approach that enables the community to discover these successful behaviors and strategies and develop a plan of action to promote their adoption by all concerned.

November DwD 11.10.10 | Facilitation of Positive Deviance

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We are now holding sessions in the Lambert Lounge, room 187 at OCAD’s main building, 100 McCaul St. We’re right next door to the OCAD auditorium.
This month’s session only will be 7pm so folks can attend the Torch lecture next door in the auditorium if they like.


DwD is the same time 6-9, second Wednesdays of every month.

The DwD session will introduce the principles and the practices of PD, and will invite all attendees to try out the PD tools and consider applications in their own communities.

Register at EventBrite for this session

Facilitated by Erika Bailey:  Human Systems Consultant with a decade of facilitation and teaching experience. Her extensive expertise and practical skill in leadership, individual and organizational change, and organizational development (OD), her impressive academic background, and her proven skill in designing/facilitating large and small group processes has made her an in-demand facilitator in engagement projects across the GTA. Erika is a coach in the Canadian Positive Deviance Project and is a faculty member of the Safer Healthcare Now! New Approach to Controlling Superbugs Initiatives.