Michael M Pannwitz
mmpanne at boscop.org
Sun Jun 29 03:55:22 PDT 2008
this was one of the first participatory approaches developed in Germany
in the context of the 1968 spirit, called "MetaPlan" Method. It is
amazing how widely it has been and is being used in Germany in all sorts
of organisations from business to labor unions. Its probably the best
known and most widely spread method for structured work with groups.
The municipal planning department of Berlin introduced it to the public
administration in the early seventies and a bunch of us church connected
types introduced it in that field. People like Florian Fischer know the
initiators of this methodology.
In the meantime, a whole industry (Neuland) has been founded on this
methodology providing the pincards, pins, pinwalls etc. that you also
see being used by os-facilitators in this realm. And a big training
industry is still around training facilitators for this approach.
Various large corporations have internal departments for applying this
approach in planning processes.
There are a number of books, one in English describing the method in
detail...and a large number of studies.
Here is a website
that also gives you the Metaplan businesses in Germany, France and USA.
If you look at the Learning Curve of Marvin Weisbord it is in the phase
"Groups solve problems" , facilitated but with the facilitator not
getting involved in the content.
As I look through the internet, I see a vast amount of stuff,
Greetings from Berlin
Raffi Aftandelian wrote:
> Has anyone ever worked with the approach, Pinpoint facilitation? I heard it
> of it for the first time in Moscow this spring.
> The person, a corporate trainer, claimed it was *more* effective than OST,
> especially with groups up to 40 people.
> Very little in the way of information on the Pinpoint website and yet some
> people are using it apparently with good results...
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