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Development principle                             

The LSI-approach is aimed at sustainable change and is rooted in the developing collective learning and building capacity for change. In terms of an LSI-process this requires the following of the participants:

  • An openness to uncertainty and the possibility of failure
  • An ability to look at an analysis or solution of a complex situation from multiple perspectives
  • A willingness to avoid a rigid approach for action

In their book Future Search Marvin Weisbord and Sandra Janoff compare the process with walking through a "4-room apartment". Each room offers a new experience and feeling (see picture). In an LSI-process or a Large Group conference all rooms may be visited several times.

Collective learning is developed through action learning and by working together with the goal of growth and sensemaking. In his book Sensemaking in organisations Karl Weick describes sensemaking as a process with seven properties (free summary by Tonnie):

"If people start to act (enactment), they generate tangible results (cues), in a context (social), and this helps them to discover (retrospective) what is going on (ongoing), what has to be explained (plausibility), and what has to be done (identity enhancement)"

Read more about action learning on the website of the International Foundation for Action Learning (IFAL).

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Practical guide LSI

Building an evidence based practical guide to Large Scale Interventions: Towards sustainable organisational change with the whole system

Building an evidence based practical guide to Large Scale Interventions. Towards sustainable organisational change with the whole system

by Tonnie van der Zouwen.

A practical guide for effective use of LSI, based on 6 years of academic social research

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