[OSList] New: Group Pattern langage in French

christine koehler via OSList oslist at lists.openspacetech.org
Wed Apr 6 06:35:52 PDT 2016

Thank you very much Vini for your answer.

I love the way you use them !
Those are very good examples of using the deck in training in a fully
participative way : having the participants select their own criteria/paths
for improvements and then making them discuss together  the way or ways to
achieve that in their own context. Top !


On Wed, Mar 23, 2016 at 11:44 PM, Vinícius Miranda <viniciusmss at live.com>

> Hi everyone,
> By mistake I answered only to Christine. I paste below my original
> response and a follow-up response when she asked more information about it.
> Hi Christine and others,
> Among other uses, one particularly interesting way of applying the cards
> was in Collective Story Harvesting processes. When in workshops about
> facilitation, leadership or similar topics, using the patterns as lens in a
> CSH makes the learning come both ways: through the story and through the
> lens. With some patterns some creativity needs to be applied so it can be
> universal enough to fit a story, but usually it works amazingly well.
> Warmly,
> Vini, from Brazil
> ----
> Hi Christine,
> oh, that was a mistake indeed. I am going to send the e-mail again with
> the list cc'ed in a moment.
> In the process I run, I spread the cards over the ground or on a table and
> ask participants to select cards over some criteria (e.g. patterns that are
> really important to you, patterns that you miss in the groups you
> participate, patterns that you need to practice, etc.). Usually I ask for 3
> cards, and then I ask them to narrow it down to 1 card. That is a way of
> doing something like a Participatory Needs Assessment, which means that it
> enables me as a facilitator to see what are the "hot topics" in the room.
> It usually helps me to understand better the group and how I can be of
> service.
> About CSH, I ask participants to hold the card they've chosen and their
> lens to listen to the story. If there are questions on how to adapt the
> card to a lens, we resolve this prior to listening to the story. For
> example, card "All grist for the mill" could mean the points on the story
> where people have been flexible, adaptable, or have used what could be
> considered bad/sad moment to their learning or to their advantage in the
> end. As all the patterns are fractals, usually you can use their meaning as
> a lens. Except from this, I run the CSH as usual (storytelling, reflecting
> back, how was it for the teller, how was it for the listeners, and in the
> case of more than one storytelling circle, a meta-harvest where similars
> lenses talk usually in a world-café format). This brings a wonderful
> learning experience both through the story and personal connection but also
> on applying the pattern as a lens in real-life situations.
> Does this bring more clarity to you?
> Any other way I can be of service?
> And yes, I am an AoH practioneer :-)
> All the best,
> Vini
> ------------------------------
> To: chris.alice.koehler at gmail.com; oslist at lists.openspacetech.org
> Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2016 16:08:40 -0600
> Subject: Re: [OSList] New: Group Pattern langage in French
> From: oslist at lists.openspacetech.org
> Hi Christine,
> I very much enjoy the GroupWorks card deck and use it frequently to help
> me understand, work with, and improve group dynamics when I teach at
> Montana Code School, when I set up Open Space events, and when I coach
> agile teams.
> I've also used them to help me with group dynamics on the OSList. Tricia
> Chirumbole and I were on the OSHotline at least a year ago and the two
> cards that seemed to be the most helpful were the following:
> *Embrace Dissonance and Difference:*
> Encourage your group to honour contradictory viewpoints, sitting with the
> uncertainty and ambiguity this brings. Acknowledge all perspectives as
> equally valid and explore them fully as needed, especially when tensions
> are high and agreement seems far away.
> *Playfulness:*
> Invite light-hearted and high-spirited interaction to exercise mind,
> senses, imagination, and body, to engender creativity, and deepen
> relationships. Playfullness may be evoked through structured but fun ways
> to engage relevant topics, or restorative breaks that allow laughter free
> reign, or may simply show up as humour.
> The GroupWorks card deck was an open source project based on the design
> pattern language from legendary architect Christopher Alexander which also
> inspired the popular Design Patterns for object oriented software
> development.
> You can download the cards for free: <http://groupworksdeck.org/>
> http://groupworksdeck.org/
>     Harold
> On 3/22/16 11:27 AM, christine koehler via OSList wrote:
> Dear Friends of Open Space
> We are very pleased to announce the release in French of the deck of cards
> you may know: Group Pattern langage.
> The Group pattern langage was created by a group of US facilitators who
> gave it to the world with a creative common licence ( website
> <http://groupworksdeck.org/> here)
> With 2 colleagues, Jeremie from Switzerland and Juan-Carlos from Canada,
> we translated it into French and found an editor who prints it and
> distribute it.
> We've created a website dedicated to the cards : dynamiques-de-groupe.com
> <http://dynamiquesdegroupe.com/>
> The cards are coming out in France and Switzerland next Friday , and will
> be available in many bookstores for a few weeks.
> Those beautiful cards show the many patterns we, as facilitators, can see
> when a group works at its best.
> There are many different ways to use those cards, and I'd love to hear how
> you use it in your work. Would you share this with me ?
> I'd wish all groups in the world would connect and use those patterns to
>  have conversations and work together so that terrible events like the one
> we experienced again today in Bruxelles does not happen again.
> Christine
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