Partnering space

Partnering space

In relation to the entire WPP session, this space is always the final space, so you will use it for wrapping-up the session and make it end with a bang.

Aims of this space:

·        synthesis of earlier insights

·        agreeing on next steps

·        partnership formation

Ultimately, this space should result in a joint feeling that the WPP session has been finished adequately and that participants can move on with their newly discovered insights and ideas.

The tools below can help you reach the aim of the session. You can select and adapt the tools to fit with the topic and sequence of the session.

Tool: reflection of the day. Ask the participants to walk in silence through the first three spaces. Read back what is written on the flipcharts/walls and reflect on what is said by others and by yourself. Harvest this information and take it along as you will later talk about next steps.

Tool: Confront hearts, heads and hands. Ask the participants to actively look for trade-offs/contradictions in the three spaces. Let them harvest different statements and discuss them, e.g. with these questions:

·        What trade-offs and dilemmas are there between intentions (heart) and realization (head) between persons (hands)?

·        How can we overcome them?

·        What collective interest do we have in finding a common base?

Tool: work on new ideas. Ask the participants to do an individual reflection of the day. With the information that they gathered in the individual harvest, you ask them a question that resembles: ‘how can we use all this information in order to effectively address the wicked problem?’ Every person writes at least one answer on a post-it, after which the facilitator clusters the answers and forms 3-5 topics. Then divide the groups in subgroups: to which topic do you want to contribute? Organize, for example, a world café, a pro-action café or use open space to organize these rounds. Let the groups work on concrete actions and next steps. Later, you ask them to share these new steps and insights in the group.

 Tool: reflect on the solutions proposed in the efficiency space.

  • Brainstorm with the group about creative syntheses that use the strengths of all the stakeholders and provide a sophisticated approach to the wicked problem (What do we need?).
  •  Let the participants also think about who is not in the room. Why? How can we involve them as well? (Who do we need?).

 Tips: another aim of this space is partnership formation. By the end of the session, the facilitator can intuitively decide what would be the best approach to get the group in collaborative action. Will this be with the whole group, or in sub-groups? This will help choose the right tool for the partnering space.