The Kaospilot SLA team gathered on Zoom half an hour before the workshop started. The energy was high, and the facilitators (Filip Axnér & Gina Gommer) were eager to fix the last practical concerns before letting the participants into the online workshop space.
At 13:00 exactly, the participants were invited in. 15 actors from various fields, professions and environments had put a side time to participate and contribute to share their point of view on Trivsel with the intention of creating a change at EAAA!
PRE-CONDITION FOR CHANGE
The theme of the first session was "Sharing & Listening". When working with change in large systems, we believe that one of the essential elements for such change to happen, is to invite complexity, and we wished to set the frames for allowing differences and various perspectives to be present. One of Trivsel Lab’s dearest tasks is, when hosting the participants, to create a space where the participants can seek to understand each other.
This was supported in the frames of the workshop through asking participants to listen to each other, answering reflective questions and share their point of views in both smaller and bigger scales.
Going from reflective questions, the session continued into observations around, what events are happening around the students at EAAA and, what does those events tell about behaviors and trends. The actors participated with energy and contributed with both personal experiences and professional expertise.
AS MANY TRUTHS AS PEOPLE
I was the lucky one, to be the one observing the first workshop and harvest the conversations and reflections the participants were sharing. Having spent approximately two intense months understanding systemic change, and now being a part of supporting such opportunity for change, I found it inspiring to see what questions and considerations were brought to the table at the workshop.
At one moment a participant said: "Depending on who I am talking to in the different break out rooms, I meet different elements being highlighted about what Trivsel is." Later another participant stated that: "It is so hard to talk about, because Trivsel is so many things".
It made me wonder, if 'trivsel' can not be simplified into one truth and each person affected by the experience of Trivsel has their own personal understanding of the definition, where is then the right place to start a change?
In one way, it makes me feel lost, but when listening to their conversation I found myself uplifted. How amazing it is, to experience different truths coming together, allowing each other to exist without trying to minimize and prioritize one truth over another.
PROBLEM OR OPPORTUNITY ?
With that said, I am still left with some inner conflicts around how to approach Trivsel systemically. When we talk about Trivsel, people tend to search for the problems. "What is not working" "What can we fix". I believe that, when we search for the problem, we will find the obvious red alarm bell. The noise that we believe we can simply "take out of the system" and then the problem will go away. The issue with "the problem” is that I believe it only takes us to what we already know. Such conversation brings us to the obvious, and it brings us to the stereotypical answers & solutions.
What are the leverage points for change at EAAA? What are we already doing which can inspire us to see the unknown possibilities?
I am asking myself and the Trivsels Lab team: How can we support the people who have dedicated their time to change the system, to start dreaming together?
This Tuesday they got to know each other. I found myself observing how individuals listened and engaged with each other's perspectives, and through this, they became nested with each other.
With what they now hold together as a group, what would they like to strive for, to become and contribute to impact?
I simply can't wait to experience the next workshop and follow this beautiful process.
Quotes which inspired...
"What comes first? Thrive as an individual or thrive as a group?"
"Is it necessary, that there is a culture where you can talk about tough things?"
"EAAA is a very diverse group of students and with very different needs and background."
"We can not tell the reasonings for why students are acting in a certain way. We have to go over and ask the student on the sofa."