2018 Session Description

Mirror, Mirror
Feedback for creativity and change

For adults • 90 minutes
Category: Strategies
Wednesday 8:00pm • Centennial 13
Time and location subject to change (what isn’t?)

This session will explore feedback from several angles. Anything that operates in a dynamic and open environment, and hopes to stay alive and grow, needs a reliable source of feedback. Whether you are looking at a large company or the relationship with your teenager, you will want a strong, active, creative feedback mechanism. Living systems, either man-made or from the natural world, require that two questions are continually ask; “How am I doing?” and “Can I do better?”.

The process we will use, and equip you to use when you leave here, will be very Wabi Sabi, i.e., simple, natural, and effective. When designed into your systems, the techniques you will discover in this 90 minute session will become a major component in building strong organizations and honest relationships.

So, how do you tell your boss, (friend, neighbour, sister etc.) that you are seeing the situation differently?

The Skinny: 3 things you will do in this session

  • Understand the components of all systems including the feedback loop
  • Learn a set of creative thinking tools relevant to systems thinking
  • Do some hands-on work with the tool What?, So What? and Now What?

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John Sedgwick
St Catharines, ON

John is a lifelong student of group dynamics and the art and science of facilitation. And though he’ll probably retaliate with water bombs for our saying this, Sedge is arguably one of the world’s authorities in this area.

For the past decade John has designed and delivered training programs for corporate clients including General Motors, Dofasco, Stelco, and Canada Customs and Revenue Agency. For more than 20 years before that he was Professor of Business Administration at Mohawk College, designing and developing training programs tailored for corporate and government clients.

John conducts seminars and workshops through North America and Europe in the field of management development. He is a former adjunct professor at the International Center for Studies in Creativity, and has presented at creativity conferences throughout the world.

Sedge is also the spark plug that ignited the conceptual thinking behind Facilitators Without Borders and is one of its founding directors.

John is a returning presenter. Click to see what they’ve presented in the past.

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