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Within the New Path to InclUsion Network we used the Theory-U developed by Otto Scharmer and the presencing institute (www.presencing.com) as a framework to guide our learning and activities. 

Prototyping in the New Paths to InclUsion project:

Each of the project partners developed prototypes as a culmination of the multiplication workshop with the intention of creating new practices within their organisation which lead them closer to their objective of building inclusive opportunities through person centred practice. To do this partners either worked alone, in teams or with other project partners who shared similar intentions.

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Within the New Path to InclUsion Network we used the Theory-U developed by Otto Scharmer and the presencing institute (www.presencing.com) as a framework to guide our learning and activities. 

Overview

(Guided) Journaling leads participants through a self reflective process following the different phases of the U - process. It allows participants to access deeper levels of self-knowledge, and to connect this knowledge to concrete actions. In the sensing phase it can support immediate recording and processing what has been learned through observing and listening to others.

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This is a good exercise to begin the journey into the U. It marks the beginning of a Sensing process by exploring the current situation and perceived intentions of teams or organisations. It enables reflection on the question ‘will what we are currently doing take us to where we want to be?’

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Sharing stories is a good sensing tool which can raise awareness and understanding of what is happening within an organisation. The personal stories of individuals can be extremely powerful but they need to be approached with care and sensitivity and the right kind of support. Sharing success stories enables us to see the possibility of what may be different. However guidance on how a story is recorded or delivered using positive language and appropriate exposure also needs to be considered.
Stories can be shared in different ways. In the multiplication workshop, participants were asked to prepare a poster of a positive change which had happened in their organisation as a result of being part of the project.

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Within the New Path to InclUsion Network we used the Theory-U developed by Otto Scharmer and the presencing institute (www.presencing.com) as a framework to guide our learning and activities. 

The dialogue walk is another tool which is proposed by the presencing institute during the Sensing phase and the movement down the U. The practice of dialogue walks can also be used at other stages e.g. the crystallising after the presencing and prior to the prototype creation phase as to explore emerging possibilities and to reaffirm ones vision and intention. In the New Paths to InclUsion project dialogue walks have been one of the most frequently used tools, to which most of the participants regularly where looking forward too. In many cases people have retold how going on a dialogue walk, seems such an easy to use and efficient tool to clarify ones thoughts with new insights and new ideas being a regular “side effect”.

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