2018 Session Description

Disorganizing by Design
Shaking things up to do things differently

For adults • 2 x 90 minutes
Category: Strategies
Saturday 10:45am • Court 5
Time and location subject to change (what isn’t?)

We have all experienced getting stuck in structures that make responding, learning, and participating hard. This program is for those interested in how we can shift how we show up with each other to do new things.

In this session we will explore:

  1. Intervening in systems: Practices and approaches for changing how systems work
  2. Disorganizing by design: breaking up routines so that new things can happen
  3. Reorganizing from our values: redesigning structures that embody the values we want to see
  4. Properties of spaces: imagining them in new ways

Our systems — organizational, community, or societal — are defined by a set of spoken and unspoken rules and assumptions. By pointing out these unspoken patterns, we can redesign the moments in which we come together to better reflect the world we want to see. Pulling back from habits and rituals is time-consuming and difficult. This session will provide the structures and the discipline to do this in the systems we care about.

The Skinny: 3 things you will do in this session

  • Practices to break up routines and systems that aren’t serving us
  • Learn a design approach to building systems that let people experience the values we want to see
  • Adopt a way of thinking about spaces that is less about their physical layout and more about the experiences of people in them
Jerrold McGrath
Toronto, ON

People can get stuck in routines that make responding and learning hard. I disorganize groups of people so that they can reorganize to do new things. Often this results in better workplaces and more effective organizations. Sometimes it doesn’t.

This is Jerrold’s first year presenting at Mindcamp.

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