Paradigm Shifting…

Working on Paradigm ShiftIn many contexts (economic development, education, management, strategy, leadership, culture, health, digital/software development) the current dominant assumptions, norms and and codes of practice are no longer serving us well.  The current paradigms are starting to creak.  Increasing demand and complexity coupled with lack of investment are causing major problems.

In health for example the ‘medical model’ is coming under increasing scrutiny with its focus on curing illness rather than creating health and its emphasis on bio-medical and pharmaceutical interventions over psychological or social interventions. There is apparently a desire to ‘transform’ health and care.  But the dominant paradigm remains strong, bolstered by vested interests with lots of power and money.  Those working in different, emerging paradigms, are often cash starved and subjected to a much higher level or scrutiny than those working in the dominant paradigm.

In economic development the dominant paradigm is one of inward investment with the hope of trickle down; economic ‘hunting’ rather than ‘gardening’.  And as inequalities between rich and poor widen and the impacts of ‘in work poverty’ start to put more and more strain on our health and care services as well as our welfare systems, we start to preface ‘economic development’ with ‘inclusive’, in the hope that it will make things better.  Perhaps what we really need is to start investing in the emergence of a new paradigm.  Gardening rather than hunting.  One where sustainability is valued over growth.  Where GDP is no longer king?

In culture we seem to have a paradigm where bid writing and cultivating funders is a more important discipline than the culture itself and artists become what JG Ballard described as a ‘dependent client class‘.

Similar problems exist in current paradigms of management and leadership, where we still locate leadership in the individual rather than the social. Where we see management and leadership as different disciplines rather than as facets of a single development process.  Where the narrative of heroes and angels remains strong and the power of the ‘charismatic leader’ remains a threat.

So, increasingly the challenge is one of how we ‘shift a paradigm’.  How we allow new patterns of power and action to emerge that perhaps can serve us better than the current dominant paradigm.

Interested?  Come and explore the idea of paradigm shifting with is in Leeds at one of these free sessions…

August 14th – Book here

September 19th – Book here

Or book us to come and run a paradigm shifting workshop tailored for you.

 

 

Conversations to Transform Health and Care in Scarborough

Thursday 11th July – Woodend Creative, Scarborough

Our second set of conversations to Transform Health and Care took place in Scarborough. From the moment I picked up the 9-seater charabanc (I had asked the car hire company for a big boot!) I knew this was going to be an interesting day.

For many of us long term residents of Leeds the A64 is a special road, full of memories of days on the North York Moors or the Yorkshire Riviera.  And as the familiar sights and sounds of Scarborough appeared I had to remind myself I was here to work – not stroll on the beach!

About 30 people from a range of backgrounds, and all over the north of England, came together to take part in an ‘Open Space’ afternoon to explore how digital might be used to transform health and care.

We held a total of seven conversations over the afternoon.  These are listed below and each is accompanied by a short write up and some graphics too.  Just click the links on the ones that interest you.  And please do join the conversation by using the comments to add your experiences and insights or to ask questions.

It was such a pleasure to see people smiling, connecting with new people  and generally enjoying the work!   Scarborough has a population of about 61 000, so it is not a big place, and yet people working in the same field in the same town met each other for the first time.  It was especially lovely to see the education team from York Hospitals Trust talking to social workers from Scarborough about setting up some joint training.  This just would not have happened had they not this chance to meet and talk about ‘what matter most’.

Here are some notes from the conversations we held in Scarborough and some of the images that Tom drew to go with them…

    1. Annis Coby, Re-Shape, How do we better connect our health service to facilitate referrals? 
    2. Vanessa Garrity, Yorkshire & the Humber NHS Leadership Academy‘How do we promote the positive aspects of coastal towns?’
    3. Tim Hunt, Medical Ed Tech specialist, York Teaching HospitalEngaging with digital functions within the NHS’ 
    4. David Jackson, Scarborough and Ryedale Carers ResourceHow to better include carers’ 
    5. Richard Askew, Askew Brook , ‘Appetite for Risk’
    6. Simon Town, Roots of Ygdrassil/ Rachel Benn, Leeds LibrariesHow do we better help communities and how do we motivate people to access digital health services?’ 
    7. Meshell HeelbeckHow can we use technology in prevention?’

We’d love to know what you’ve learned, reflected on, what you feel you want to continue talking about. If you’d like to write a post for the blog, share your notes or help us connect with other people who might like to join the conversations please do let us know through the comments here…

Our next date in September will be in Hull, location and date to be confirmed, let us know if you know of a great location and people we should be including in the event.

Conversations to Transform Health and Care

To see what we talked about when we visited York… click here

The Leeds Way – and how we can all thrive in it…

Like most big cities Leeds has a certain way of working, informed by history and power.  It has a ‘dominant paradigm’.

For many this way of working is just fine.  And they work (consciously or not) to maintain it.

For others it leaves them frustrated, excluded and discriminated against.

These people are usually working in a different paradigm.  They are trying (consciously or not) to establish new paradigms.

Some of us are working to reinforce existing working patterns, while some of us are developing new patterns of working.

In this free workshop session we will bring together a diverse group of people from a wide range of backgrounds to develop a way of thinking about how we work and what might be possible in our own work around developing a new paradigm in Leeds.

Old Paradigm? New Paradigm?
Exclusive Inclusive
Hierarchy Networks
Curing Illness Creating wellness
Professionally led Community led
Top down Bottom up
Culture as economic development Culture as community development
In search of GDP/GVA In search of Wellbeing
Bio-medical Psycho-social
Deficit based Asset based
Environment to be exploited Environment to be loved

So, whether you are working to improve and strengthen the existing paradigm or to create a new one – then please do join us at the The Playlab in the St Johns Centre on

Register here

Mike and Emma

Progress School Leeds

What Benefits Might Progress School Offer?

Support and Encouragement – While you may already have various types of support such as board of directors, consultants, trade associations, family and friends, mentors and so on, each of these has a particular agenda as well as differing levels of understanding, focus, and interest with regards to your development. Your peers at Progress School will focus on improving your success via honest, unbiased feedback and consistent encouragement.

Growth – Some people say “if you’re not growing you’re dying.” Progress School drives both your personal growth and the development of your projects and interests. It provides an environment that fosters and encourages continuous growth.

A Safe Haven – By engaging with a group of your peers in an environment of mutually agreed to confidentiality, a trusted circle develops. You can expect to forge long-lasting relationships with other members that will continue to enrich your life outside of Progress School meetings.

Space to Think – Ever month Progress School will provide you with 2 hours to sit back and think. You strategic sanctuary in a busy world.

Unbiased Feedback – Where else can you currently go to consistently get unbiased feedback from a diverse group of your peers regarding your biggest issues, challenges and opportunities?

Advice and Guidance – At Progress School you will have the opportunity to learn from others who have gone before you in some areas as well as provide guidance in other areas where you have specific knowledge and experience.

Creativity Factory – Even when you are not able to directly benefit from the experiences of other members, you can certainly benefit from the creativity and diversity of ideas generated through brainstorming and sharing opportunities.

Group Wisdom – By joining a group of people united in their shared pursuit if progress you will have access to a much wider range of perspectives, opinions and ideas

Group Learning – While you will bring pressing opportunities and challenges to each meeting, you will learn as much, or more, by listening to and supporting other members in addressing their opportunities and challenges. Every topic or discussion represents an opportunity to learn or support learning.

Accountability – Consistently maintaining and demonstrating personal accountability is a hallmark of effectiveness. Your Progress School peers will support this by helping you maintain focus and follow through on your commitments.

Sharing Resources – Just as you are you know stuff, so do your peers. By sharing your best resources with other Progress School members, everyone benefits.

To register for Leeds Progress School click here

Conversations to transform health and care – Scarborough 11th July

We are holding a series of FREE events to bring together people who know and care about

  • how health and care might be improved (patients, clinicians, carers, charities, social enterprises, local authority staff and others)
  • how digital and technology can be used to improve health and care (technologists, data experts, service designers and others)
  • how worthwhile ideas are supported with time, money and know-how to bring them to life

We will bring to the events people who know and care about the use of digital and technology to improve health and care services and who are looking for people and ideas that they can help to support as necessary

In short we are bringing together

  • people who know about what needs to be made better in our health and care work and
  • people that know how to use technology and digital services to make this happen and
  • people with the resources to support the work.

These free to attend events will provide you with a friendly and effective space to meet the people that can help you make things happen.  Although we will start with lots of talking and meeting people we will soon move on to the question of ‘what might we get done together that we can’t struggling to do alone?’

You might choose

  • to bring an idea or project of your own that you want some support to make happen,
  • or to look for other people’s ideas that you want to support.
  • or to come along to find out what this is all about

Whatever your reason we would really like you to join us!  We can promise you a friendly, inclusive and potentially very powerful few hours.

Lunch is included, the venue is fully accessible and a short walk from the train Station. Please let us know if you have any additional requirements when you register.

We’re interested to hear if you’d need a creche facility to enable you to participate, contact us if this is relevant to you.

Still not sure?

If there costs associated with coming to the event make you think twice, do drop us an email and we’ll see what we can do

Conversations to transform health and care in York 26th June

Free event Priory Street Centre, York

1-4pm Wednesday 26th June (Book Here)

We are holding a series of events to bring together people who know and care about

  • how health and care might be improved (patients, clinicians, carers, charities, social enterprises, local authority staff and others)
  • how digital and technology can be used to improve health and care (technologists, data experts, service designers and others)
  • how worthwhile ideas are supported with time, money and know-how to bring them to life

We will bring to the events people who know and care about the use of digital and technology to improve health and care services and who are looking for people and ideas that they can help to support as necessary

In short we are bringing together

  • people who know about what needs to be made better in our health and care work and
  • people that know how to use technology and digital services to make this happen and
  • people with the resources to support the work.

These free to attend events will provide you with a friendly and effective space to meet the people that can help you make things happen. Although we will start with lots of talking and meeting people we will soon move on to the question of ‘what might we get done together that we can’t struggling to do alone?’

You might choose

  • to bring an idea or project of your own that you want some support to make happen, or
  • to look for other people’s ideas that you want to support.
  • to come along to find out what this is all about

Whatever your reason we would really like you to join us! We can promise you a friendly, inclusive and potentially very powerful few hours.

Lunch is included, the venue is fully accessible and a short walk from York Train Station. Please let us know if you have any additional requirements when you register.

We’re interested to hear if you’d need a creche facility to enable you to participate, contact us if this is relevant to you.

Book Here

Can’t make this date?

We’ll be running the same event in Scarborough at the glorious Woodend Creative on the 11th July 2019, 1pm-4pm. Sign Up Here

Still not sure?

If there costs associated with coming to the event make you think twice, do drop us an email and we’ll see what we can do