I’m currently attending a fascinating and worthwhile program called Immunity to Change being held at the Harvard Faculty Club in Cambridge. Today was Day 2 of a 3-day workshop for facilitators, and facilitated by the creators and authors of ITC as it is called within this community. There are 40 of us here from the US and abroad–Canada, France, plus California, Minnesota, New York, Massachusetts, etc. This number works out well for the different breakout sessions that are a part of the design.
You can read all about ITC and what it sets out to achieve by buying their book. What you can’t know without attending a class like this is how brilliantly designed the execution of the three days has been.
I want to focus on a few particular delights in this posting. There have been many cool structures that Leahy/Kegan have introduced me to. The model for taking someone through ITC is composed of five segments, each requiring study to understand its execution. I was assigned Column 3 (which means nothing out of context, but it’s the way we were divided up that has merit) as the segment I needed to become knowledgable in. Seven others also received that assignment. Similarly, 8 folks had Column 2, 8 had Column 4, etc. First we got to study the material individually. Then the eight of us assigned to Column 3 got together to brainstorm and discuss how we might present our piece. The other groups did the same thing with their peers. That was yesterday.
Today we got into eight groups of five with each of the segments being facilitated now by us newly educated ‘experts.’ You can see what a well-designed learning tool this was. We got to review the materials with others studying the same piece, then deliver it to the rest of the team who had each similarly studied their pieces in a peer situation. There was so much reinforcement and safety built into the learning that made it fun, useful and supportive.
In addition to these larger group activities, we divided into partnerships of two several times to work through segments. With each pairing there’s always the decision of who goes first. In yesterday’s twosome, the one whose birthday was closest went first. Then the one with the fewer siblings. Very creative ways to get us started. This creativity kept what could have been an increasingly serious atmosphere light and lively.
This afternoon our instructor said, “Whoever has the longest hair goes first in your group.” A ripple of laughter started at one table until the room was in hysterics. Take a look at why.