sensemakers collective

Our methods

Systems thinking and practice is a powerful approach for unlocking a system, that is to move a system in a direction where it creates more desirable outcomes. This approach focuses on changing underlying patterns of the system by following the apparent problems to their root causes. Applying a participatory approach to creating a shared holistic view of an issue within its system can allow an organisation or a team to identify leverage points for action. We apply the Omidyar Systems Change Practice.

Theory U allows organisations, teams and individuals to co-sense and co-create a shared intention, perception and will - harnessing not only the cognitive abilities but also the application of mindful approaches. Theory U supports the team's emotional intelligence, deepening connection in the team whilst bringing more awareness of purpose and intention to sense the future that wants to emerge.

The Art of Hosting (AoH) cultivates certain values and practices which foster safe and appreciative spaces for learning, problem-solving and action-planning. Once such a space is facilitated together, the diverse open source tools invite to create a common understanding and intention for action within complexity (World Café, Pro-Action Café, Appreciative Inquiry, etc.).

Under the umbrella of a shared main topic or challenge, Open Space Technology (OST) allows to structure an agenda according to the actual needs of 20 to 2000 people in a space. Focusing on a specific issue in smaller groups and moving to wherever it feels most relevant to them, OST enables the participants to engage in meaningful and purpose-oriented interaction.

Design thinking and role playing approaches, being user driven, are helpful with shifting perspectives to the targeted stakeholders with empathy, unleashing creative potential and iterating concept prototypes. Including prototyping or role playing with stakeholders in the process significantly reduces risk and helps produce sustainable, high quality results. 

The Work that Reconnects helps people uncover and experience their innate connections with each other and with the systemic, self-healing powers of the web of life, so that they may be enlivened and motivated to play their part in creating a sustainable civilization. The Work that Reconnects is founded on deep ecology, systems thinking, and the resurgence of non dualistic spirituality.