see-saw co-development

See-Saw Co-Development in one page

Developing ideas for people — advancing our ideas and ourselves

We have some really good ideas. Could they go further? Could we go further?

See your ideas developing through this new process. Share constructive feedback about our ideas and about ourselves, in a collaborative meeting.

The process focuses around a meeting, where you and a group of people with similar values have conversations with each other. Each person takes on, in turn, the roles both of a champion of a initiative idea (actual or potential project or organisation) with some valuable purpose that the person cares about; and of an individual open to being interested in other initiatives, which may be valuable enough to motivate developing their knowledge, abilities and values. The goal of each conversation is to explore and agree a role for the individual in the initative, that is of value to the individual and the initiative.

You will receive rich feedback from the other participants about:

  1. how your knowledge, abilities and potential can be valued in other people's initiatives;
  2. how one of your good initiative ideas could appeal to, and involve, other real people.

In a short day's meeting you may receive feedback from 5 or 6 others; in a full day perhaps more.

Every conversation in this meeting starts with reading a 100-word brief about each other. The briefs are about:

  1. yourself — a “take” on your knowledge, abilities, values, and where you might consider developing;
  2. an idea for a initiative, or an actual initiative, that you think is feasible and worthwhile.

The initiative could be anything ranging from a developing collaborative enterprise, to an idea that is still at the stage of being a plausible “dream” worth doing something about.

To prepare your two briefs for the meeting, we ask you to sign up for up to an hour and a half's discussion with one of our guides. This is your first step in the process, helping you reflect on and present yourself, and guiding the formulation of your good initiative ideas. The conversations are then your second step.

As your third step, there are many ways forward. You may decide you want to re-imagine yourself, to be able to play a role in other people's initiatives; or to work with new insights to develop one of your initiative ideas — maybe others share its values and want to collaborate in taking it further. And you can repeat the process until you feel fully engaged in a good initiative — whether your own or someone else's.