April 2011 CPYF Dialogue Newsletter: Prototyping


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April 2011 CPYF Dialogue Newsletter: Prototyping

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  3. 3. C P Ye n F o u n d a t i o n Prototyping April 2011 Dialogue NewsletterThis April I went on a sensemaking journey to the Philippines to leverage their learning across prototypes and who help each otherobserve the prototyping efforts of a community of practitioners to deal with whatever innovation challenges they face.create a learning nation. This edition of CPYF’s DialogueNewsletter focuses the U theory’s prototyping process and the case Once the microcosms of the new are made in a prototype, the nextstudy of HAPINOY. step is to review what has been learned. Very often what you think you will create at the start of the U process is different from what eventually emerges. The co-evolving movement results in anThe prototyping process: innovation ecosystem that connects high- leverage prototype initiatives with the institutions and players that can help take itPrototyping is the action of creating the new in living examples that to the next level of piloting and scaling.explore the future by doing. Figure 1 illustrates the U process:creative energy is generated by connecting to the source of To bring the ecosystem into the room, TRAIL invited over 200inspiration and will (presencing) at the bottom of the U and propels members from government, business and civil society to this Aprilthe prototyping phase along the right side of the U. to learn from prototypes and to collectively reflect on the vision of a learning nation in the Philippines.Figure 1: Building a Learning Nation The conference was hosted by The Rizal Academy for Innovation and Leadership (TRAIL). TRAIL is a member of the Presencing Institute (PI) and SoL Philippines. Currently nineteen people are enrolled in TRAIL’s ELIAS Fellows Program is a 10-month learning journey applying action research and leadership for studying and thinking up creative solutions to complex challenges facing the country today. One such solution generated by TRAIL is HAPINOY, a microventure initiative empowering nanay’s (aunties) to become entrepreneurs through a more efficient distribution system for the community story (sari-sari store). HAPINOY’s story is showcasedAs one goes through a process of learning by reflecting on the below:experiences of the past (act - observe - reflect - plan - act) andlearning from the future as it emerges (presencing), one’s mind, Case Study:heart and will gradually opens and is able to let go of all that blocksone’s ability to connect to the deepest source of your self and will, HAPINOY: Coaching Nanays to Financial Freedom: engagingthen let come the inspiration for addressing real needs in real time. multiple stakeholders to create solutions to their own challenges.At the moment of presencing, one is able to observe and adaptbased on whatever happens next. The journey began between two friends; one was working at Unilever and wanted to change his job, while the second, BamThe conventional problem solving approach takes the pathway of Aquino, was in government wanted to do something that wouldanalysis: narrow your question, review all work done previously on directly improve people’s lives. HAPINOY is their third endeavorthe topic, summarize and suggest what to do next. together, following two unsuccessful earlier projects.The prototyping method works differently: 1) Clarify the question, HAPINOY addresses the issue of access. “I wanted to serve people2) observe, 3) adapt then repeat these three steps based on your who can’t afford to see a doctor” says Bam, “the statistics tell usoutcomes. Prototyping is part of the sensing and discovery process that 2 of 3 Filipinos will die without ever seeing a doctor in theirin which we explore the future by doing. This is such a simple life, and half of Filipinos don’t have electricity.” To address thispoint—but many organizations are stalled in the quicksand of problem, Bam and his partner realized they could build upon pre-“analysis paralysis.” existing infrastructures such as the 100,000s of sari sari stories across the nation and the platform of microfinance - a means wellThe co-creation movement of the U journey results in a set of small established for supporting economically marginalized populations.living examples that explore the future by doing. It also results in avibrant and rapidly widening network of change-makers who 3
  4. 4. sources of self-knowing: who I am and what I am here for,“In August 2007 we convened our first gathering of a group of what difference I want to make in the world. This stage isnaynays. Initially we felt difficulty connecting with them. Finally about deep reflection and about allowing one’s deeperone naynay said “your numbers are wrong, we can do better than inspirational and intuitive knowing to emerge.your projections!” We realized at that point that we needed to co-create the program with the naynays as partners. Our business 3. The third movement (moving up the right side of the U)isdevelopment is therefore built entirely on the personal about acting in the now—that is, using rapid-cycle prototypingdevelopment of our partners. We hold many conversations with to explore emerging future possibilities by doing somethingthe nanays focusing on their mental models; such as How do you together, which then generates feedback that helps generatesee yourself in society, in your family and personally? new iterations of the initial prototype until it reaches a form that all stakeholders feel good about.A good indicator of progress came in one nanay’s response to thequestion: What do you want out of your life?In the first year of her participation in HAPINOY she replied, “a At the PI Foundations for Presencing Workshop this year I learnedhappy family.” a handy step-by-step process to prototyping that clarified for meYear two, she replied “my family can go out on weekends and eat how to take my own personal journey along the U:at fast food restaurants.”Year three, she said “Legacy. I want to leave something behind 1. Become a master observer and listener.that is greater than myself.”Upon hearing this, her case manager invited her to become a 2. Connect to your intention and operate as an instrument.trainer to other naynays and she has spoken to audiences sized over100. “We believe the key to our naynay’s success is consistent and 3. When reality opens up, be fully present with it - and actincremental progress. This becomes possible through the from the Now.partnership with all members of the system,” says Bam. 4. Follow your heart: do what you love, love what you do.Like Winston Churchill once said: “success is going failure tofailure without losing enthusiasm.” 5. Always be in dialogue with the universe and assume the universe is a helpful place.The U process is about enabling the individual to operate from the 6. Create an environment for supporting your journey.wellspring of her creativity (our blind spot) and exploringpossibilities by doing. 7. Balance your talking-doing ratio.Figure 2 summarizes the process of accessing this deeper source of 8. Identify the crack - the opening to the future and understandcreativity and knowing. the imperatives for global change. 9. Use different languages with different stakeholders -Figure 2: connect to them in terms of what they care about. 10. If you want to change others, you need to be open to changing yourself first. 11. Co-initiate through local leadership from the heart (a small group of five people can change the world) 12. Take sensing journeys to help people see the system from the edges and to use collective sensing mechanisms to see the system from the whole. 13. Create environments that support the team at the top as well as the emerging leaders. 14. Prototype by being present and acting from the Now. 15. Micro-Macro line. Prototypes as seeds for systemic change. 16. Never give up. You are not alone.1. The first movement (moving down the left side of the U) is Most people relate to the future by reflecting on trends of the past. about opening up and connecting. This stage is about From this view the future is an extension of the past—like an suspending old habits of judgment, what Otto calls empty vessel that you fill with a somewhat modified version of the “downloading” - listening and speaking from what you past. Alternatively you can see the emerging future as a coming- already know. Instead, one descends down the U, and begins into-being of something profoundly new. To connect with such a to “observe, observe, observe”, which involves putting field of emerging future opportunity we have to open up, let go of yourself into the places of most potential, and listening with the past, and tune in to what we feel is a field of future possibility, your mind and heart wide open. something that we could bring into reality, and a future that would be very different from the past.2. The second movement (at the bottom of the U) is about going to a place of stillness and connecting vertically to the deeper Report by Keli Yen 4