are many occasions where organizations want to hold an event that will
anticipate the future and mobilize positive energy. The assumption of
organizational leadership by someone with a new vision, addressing some
pressing problem such as the need to rebuild an organization after
downsizing, or initiating an important conversation about a
controversial new strategic direction are all examples of occasions
where custom designed conference might make sense. Frequently, there is
no pre-existing design for such a meeting, and a powerful experience
has to be designed from scratch or put together using existing modules
in a new way.
New Context's Background with such
Art of the Future has extensive experience in all facets
of conference design and facilitation. Here are a few examples:
We have helped new leaders introduce
themselves and their new visions
to large divisions and to the rest of the leadership of their
organization through such conferences.
We designed and helped lead conferences
for scientists and research and
development personnel on the impact that emerging technologies would
have on their way of doing business.
have helped collaborations of industry and conservation groups to
identify points of both common and divergent interest without provoking
animosities.hnologies), or both.
have worked with middle managers and individual contributors to create
unique "Community Days" that build camaraderie and teamwork through
It could focus exclusively on product
needs, or also focus on features
of the supplier-customer relationship that could be improved, or both.
a custom designed program results out of a larger consultation process
in which it becomes clear that a "splashy event" of some sort could
have a desired impact of communicating a particular message or set of
messages to a specific population or that an extended "conversation"
between the client group and one or more other groups could be useful
This initial idea is then fleshed out
through individual and/or group conversations with members of the
client system to get a clearer sense of the desired outcomes they would
like to see to the program as well as identifying any concerns they
might have about such an event.
An initial design is
then created and presented to a liaison group from the client system
that acts as internal validators of the ideas generated by New Context.
The members of the "internal and external" faculties might meet several
times prior to the actual event.
Roles are allocated
to various participants. That is, since these programs are typically
focused on something of importance to the particular client system
(e.g., convincing critics that a division can be successful in
achieving its stretch goals even though it has only limited resources),
the members of the system itself will frequently take the lead roles,
with the consultants acting as observers, facilitators and conveners of
subsequent feedback sessions.
An important set of messages has been
transmitted from the client system to its target audiences.
|Addition Key constituencies address important issues
that were standing in the way of trust and openness.
|Internal liaisons have an intense and positive team
liaisons have a rich experience in the design of organizational change
processes that they can use in a variety of settings.