Rick Davies, the creator of the Most Significant Change techniques, has posted a description of a story-based technique he experimented with that’s designed to help a group of people imagine a set of future possibilities or, as Rick puts it, when embarking on a project we need “… a theory of change, and a theory of change when spelled out in detail can be seen as a story.”
Rick’s experiment was conducted with a group of secondary students but it’s clear this participatory process could be used in organisations. I’m particularly interested in how it might be used in our First Journey process. Here’s my rewriting of Rick’s process based on how it might work with a group of ten senior managers in the first journey.
Rick then analyses the results of his experiment and explores different ways people could use the technique.
For me this approach would be ideal to get people talking about the possibilities of a project. It could be then followed by a pre-mortem to provide a reality check.
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