Collaborative Group Interventions
The group intervention process connects hindsight with foresight,
while also understanding present circumstances, creating a
pathway to the future and identifying core strategies to be
implemented. Your organization can benefit from a collaborative
group intervention if:
- Decisions and changes must be made that affect multiple
types of stakeholders.
- The results need to be richer, more comprehensive, and
- Planning must be time efficient, inclusive, collaborative,
resource efficient, and also build commitment.
- When there must be agreement on a future vision, action
plans to achieve the vision, and a commitment by people
to actualize the vision.
Scenarios and Techniques in Collaborative
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Some different types of intervention
a large group intervention, is used worldwide and in diverse
cultures. It offers a defined strategic planning process that
leads to cooperative planning, shared goals, and fast action.
It can be used to devise a plan and gain commitment for a
strategy that already exists, or to initiate rapid action
when there are complex issues but no coordinating structure
or common vision.
Space is an intervention that is most useful when
diverse, conflicted voices need to be heard or complex issues
need to be managed in minimal time with little or no advance
preparation or facilitation. Issues of concern get put on
the table, including new issues discovered by participants.
They are ranked in priority order and critical "focus
issues" are isolated. Finally, next steps are identified.
Inquiry is a process that looks for "what works"
in an organization. The outcome is a series of statements
that describe what the organization wants to be, based on
the best of the past. The statements are grounded in real
experience and history, which allows people to know how to
repeat their successes. Participants generate a new energy
that is drawn from their own memories of energizing periods