A Team Day with ChangeLabs

A ChangeLab is a co-creation approach towards developing flourishing organisations and places. As an approach, it isn’t too hard to grasp. It can be stated simply. Bring together a diverse, committed team in a few sessions. Support them in shaping their purpose, identity, strategy and capacity. Because that brings about the much-needed change.

Depending on the challenges, I blend a number of labs into one or more team days with the client. Sometimes a single ChangeLab is enough to give a significant leap forward. Inspiring locations and cutting-edge tools serve in accelerating and deepening the co-creation process. An inspiring teamday creates the commitment for change.

Idea Lab

Ideas, Innovations, Transitions

In short
innovation

An interactive one-day workshop in which the team works on groundbreaking innovations in the organisation. By outlining the complexity of the organisation in the ecosystem, team members gain relevant new insights. These are translated into three innovative interventions.

In detail

Why

The majority of teams in organisations are engaged in daily activities. What is lacking is the time and space to discuss fundamental solutions with one another. Systematic innovation and the development of fresh ideas is undeniably a luxury. While it is still vital to have time and space to set up the required steps forward. 

What

The team starts an Idea Lab by becoming aware with both the organisational structure and their eco-system. From that perspective, ideas are developed that would transform the organisation, a kind of organisational acupuncture. 

They design the eco-system on large sheets of paper, a method that utilises 'system mapping'. In that way, the team learns about how the organisation interacts with the eco-system in which it is shaped.

How

The team members sketch the eco-system on large sheets of paper. A method called 'systems mapping'. During this creative process, the team discovers the intricate workings of the organisation and the eco-system in which it operates. Based on these insights, a Top-3 of interventions that contribute to growth and innovation will be developed. 

Duration

Two half-day workshops with the team at a remote location. Also possible to combine as one team day.

Preparation

Two hours meeting with the client

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Futuring Lab

Trends, Future Scenarios, Direction

In short
future

A one-day workshop in which the team shares its future plans with one another. A context-specific 'radar' provides information about future developments and phenomena. This is input for sketching four scenarios for the organisation or city. These foresights will impact decisions on direction and course of action.

In detail

Why

The future is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA). Although, there are well-known developments and phenomena which will have an impact on the direction and course of an organisation or city. The recognition of this will have a positive impact on the team's future strategy.

What

In a Future Lab, the team becomes aware about the organisation's or cities future. The participants learn that the future does not yet exist, but that it will have a significant impact on the entire eco-system in which they operate. Relevant developments and phenomena will be visualised in four future scenarios. 

How

The team makes use of a cutting-edge platform to get insight into contextual developments and phenomena (2-5-10-20 years). From that, four large posters are created, on which the scenarios are visualised. In a Strategy Lab, the impact on direction and course will be further synthesised. 

Duration

Two half-day workshops with the team at a remote location. Also possible to combine as one team day.

Preparation

Two hours meeting with the client

Strategy Lab

Capacities, Course, Plan of Action

In short
strategy

The team will clarify in one day how they can deal with a rapidly changing environment. During the morning they 'build' their organization. In the afternoon they shape the essential capacities that make the organisation fit-for-future.

In detail

Why

Our mettle is being radically stress-tested now. What used to be hypotheticals – 'What if our world was dramatically altered?' – have become today’s realities. What organisations need now, more than ever, is shaping the capacities to deal with such a fast changing and hyper-connected world. 

What

Your team will learn how to plan for surprises and crisis in a Strategy Lab. The development of a future-fit organisation begins with the integration of essential capacities into its strategy. This entails being adaptable, sensitive, resilient, interconnected, diverse, and collaborative. 

How

The team makes use of sophisticated frameworks and canvases to swiftly assess the organization's capabilities. Based on this shared insight, the team members develop a clear action plan to assure the strategy's renewal and the organisation's development. 

Duration

Two half-day workshops with the team at a remote location. Also possible to combine as one team day.

Preparation

Two hours meeting with the client

Identity Lab

Identity, Values, Patterns

In short
identity

An energising half-day workshop in which a team rediscovers their organisation's identity and values. They do this with the help of sophisticated tool that provides input for the session. Identity, values, and entrenched habits are visualised in a blink. The participants will construct a clear narrative and action plan.

In detail

Why

An intense sense of identity is a hallmark of future-fit organisations. The people that work there have a narrative about who they are and why they do what they do. To engage individuals in change, a strong identity is essential. It gives substance to the purpose, structure, and cohesion.

What

Participants in the Identity Lab co-create the organisation's collective identity and shared values. They visualise it using a simple online tool. The team adds examples from everyday practise to their insights. They develop a narrative that details their identity and values. As a result, the organisation and stakeholders have a inspiring story to relate. 

How

The team members receive an invitation a few days before the Identity Lab to complete an online questionnaire. Answering only takes 10 minutes. The results appear in ValueMaps. During the lab session, this will be further developed with visualisations and storytelling. The participants conclude with a clear narrative and action plan. 

Duration

A half-day with the team at a remote location.

Preparation

Two hours meeting with the client

Next Lab

Network, Self-organisation, Platforms

In short
net

Three half-day sessions in which a team of network partners designs their organisations as one network organisation. The participants gain insight into how their parts can develop in the whole ecosystem. The design serves as a foundation for a pilot, self-organisation and platform design.

In detail

Why

The world is rapidly changing as the number of relationships between organisations increases. This is partly due to technological developments (ICT). The amount of data provided places a pressure on communication among ecosystem partners. Management and decision-making have become too sluggish. As a result, organisations must become more adaptive and flexible. Platform models and self-organising ecosystems provide a solution.

What

The team of network partners in a Next Lab becomes aware of the ecosystem of which their organisations are a part. They remodel existing structures, systems, and processes into a flexible network structure and social platform using practical frameworks and canvases. The team will design a pilot project to experiment for the actual transformation into a network organisation. 

How

The network partners draw the ecosystem they are a part of on canvases during the first workshop (half day session). The organisations and relationships in the network are outlined during the session. 


The second workshop (one day session) makes information flows and network decision-making visible. Insight is gained into the network's logical roles and tasks. A pilot project is being developed to begin optimising activities in collaboration with partners. 

Duration

Three half-day sessions with the team at a remote location.

Preparation

Two 2-hour meetings with the client

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Urban Lab

Participation, Urban Plan, Interventions

In short
urban

A session in which a group of residents, housing organisations, municipalities, investors, and other stakeholders come together to develop a plan for the future of their neighbourhood. The combination of canvases and Duplo makes the current state of the neighbourhood visible. Based on the findings, interventions and actions are formulated for the neighborhood's future development.

In detail

Why

Developing a district or neighbourhood is a complex process. It appears that a community can only be successfully developed by engaging people, organisations, and entrepreneurs all at the same time. The distinction is made by participation and an effective approach.

What

During an interactive session with residents, housing corporations, governments, investors, and other neighbourhood stakeholders, a conversation takes shape. The participants provide the current state of the neighbourhood. Based on their insights, interventions and activities are developed for the neighborhood's future development. 

How

During the session, UrbanSpaces is used. It consists out of canvases and Duplo blocks. The canvases include all relevant elements in a neighbourhood. The participants discuss the stage of development of each element. Sharing perspectives leads to a collective awareness of the current and desired state of the neighbourhood. 


Optional: providing insight into the impact of an intended change or investment. 

Duration

One half-day session with a team at a location in the neighbourhood.

Preparation

Two hours with the client

A ChangeLab for your team? Please contact me for more information