So Your Team or Organization wants to Make a Bigger Positive Social Impact
How to make the world a better place. How to make a difference. This is a large mission that takes discussion, consensus and preparation. In determining how a team or whole organization might want to exert a positive impact will raise questions about individual and shared values, differences in values, pre-standing commitments to social projects and non-profits. This needs thinking about before determining what to actually do to make that difference.
Square Cube helps you and your organization. We would like the experience of undertaking community action to be one of real team development, that draws people who work together into consensus about how they want to show up in the world as members of your business.
Square Cube has devised an in-house workshop prior to community engagement work and then supports the time when your team or organization is actively undertaking action in the community and works with a debrief after to draw out the learning for individuals and the organization. We can help with any on-going commitment community engagement.
The next section outlines the four or five step process and commitment.
Square Cube Facilitating Your Development and Your Community Engagement
1. A One or Two day Group Workshop we offer an overview of the process, begin the ball rolling by talking about engagement and start a group exercise to explore and to develop the common ground of values and interests. For organizations working on a 2 day workshop during the second day we introduce the game board from Play Your Bigger Game. A methodology and language that will generate a common platform for the team or organization and keep people in action.
2. Follow- Up Meeting to determine how in light of the workshop you want to engage. Square Cube offers 3 choices:
a) Choosing and then being paired with a local non-profit or social enterprise to help it solve a particular dilemma, support its consistency of delivery or help with a step change and get it to the next level. See the Square Cube Pairings page.
b) As a group working on a thorny real world problem to see what solutions you can generate and as time permits, field testing your ideas. This may involve making a prototype, thinking about how a product or service that you currently produce can be leveraged into the community to create positive social impact.
3. Compassionate Community Engagement, the process of actually taking action intended to create positive social impact. This will be a supported process to draw out of it the learning and added value for team development.
It may be that you already have a community engagement idea. Let's test this against some the findings from the values workshop, and if all resonates, then Square Cube can support you in this and help you determine the metrics for your engagement and team development success.
4. De-brief to explore the whole process and the learning from the Community Engagement and what needs to be integrated back to the workplace
5. Optional on-going community commitment. If your group or individual team members want to continue with their engagement we can explore how this might be done and some metrics for determining the value of on-going impact.
It's Also the Value Added
Square Cube is all about the value added to your team or organization. That, after all, is an important driver for your community engagement in addition to the good that you do. The value added from effective social engagement work:
- Better communication between team members
- Developing a common language and framework for understanding issues going forwards
- Appreciating and respecting each others' values and those values in action
- Developing leadership and self-leadership in the team members
- Seeing and appreciating skills, qualities, commitments in colleagues that could otherwise have remained hidden. Being able to draw on these skills and qualities back in the workplace
- Creating points of reference when you are back in the workplace and things get sticky or you want to identify what's working well
Undertaking your community engagement in a mindful way drawing out the individual and group learning will really benefit relationships and the working of the team and impact your bottom line.
Play Your Bigger Game
As part of preparing for Compassionate Community Engagement or as a stand alone professional development and team building exercise Square Cube can run 1/2, 1 or 2 day Play Your Bigger Game Workshops.
The Bigger Game is a 9 square board and participants learn to navigate their way around the 'game board' staying in motion and building actions and insights from their interaction with the board. The Board is a visual and dynamic stimulus to stay in action and not to get bogged down or stuck. Playing Your Bigger Game as an organizational or team activity builds common language and is a way to explore and resolve issues in an impersonal way.