Resources

How to use the resource section

Whatever your interest in transformation and your particular field of operation, this Resource Library is relevant to increasing your effectiveness and that of those with whom you work.   The methods here will help you to transcend limitations and release untapped potential.   They are intended to grow a commons of shared practice, where the more widely they are shared, the more effective they will become, so please use and share whenever you can.

The Resource library is organised a bit like a recipe book.   The main content that you will use is organised into methods, each with a corresponding Facilitation Guide, which are like recipes.  Each H3Uni method is designed to support a particular team thinking task and the Facilitation Guide gives you instructions in the role of facilitator of the process.

These Facilitation Guides are intended for you to prepare a specific event, and to use ‘on the go’ in a live session.   However, to be an effective facilitator you need to understand what it is you are doing and develop your skills.   So you will find for each method there is also a Tutorial that explains how the Method works.  Study the appropriate Tutorial before using the Facilitation Guide.

In addition to the Tutorials there are also a set of Exercises in the underpinning thinking that you need to be able to bring in to inform the group thinking and adapt the method to particular situations.   Like basic cooking skills, you need mastery of these if you want to be ready for any situation.

 

Where to start?

H3Uni Practice Framework

If you are new to using these resources this tutorial will get you oriented to what we mean by an H3Uni method and how to use all the resources.

Visual Facilitation

All the H3Uni methods rely on a foundational skill of visual facilitation.   You need to be thoroughly familiar with this material before using any of the methods to get the full value out of them.

 

H3Uni Core Methods

H3Uni methods all work together and support each other.   There are five that are foundational to all the others.   We recommend that you practice these first.   Each of them can be used on its own for many situations, and then can be built upon and enriched by the others and with the use of the Additional Methods.

Three Horizons

(for futures thinking)

Understand different perspectives about the future and map what needs to be done today.

Augmentation Tools:

Hexagon Clustering

(for complexity mapping)

Find relationships between ideas contributed from across the group quickly and flexibly.

Dilemma Navigation

(for transforming polarities)

Navigate when facing seemingly conflicting values.

Wheel of Wisdom Leadership

(for for shared multi-perspective decision making)

Eight archetypal Roles of Leadership that awaken, energise and support collective and personal learning-in-action. 

World System Mapping

(for human-planetary ecosystem understanding)

An interactive role playing game that combines foresight methods, scenario planning, creativity, & systems thinking to uncover risks hidden in uncertainty and the opportunities waiting to unfold.

Additional methods

Here you will find a growing body of systems and futures tools which supplement the core methods.   The field of futures and systems practice is huge, and our intent here is to provide a powerful set of methods, where that each one is carefully designed to fit in with all the others and will cover most of the situations you will encounter until you are ready to invent your own as an advanced practitioner.

Coming soon will be more material on Navigational Scenarios to enhance the Dilemma Navigation method, and provide further powerful approaches to handling uncertainty.

Scoping

(for orienting the team to the conversation)

Start by agreeing an overall scope of the issue.

Exercises: Underpinning Thinking

Mastery of the methods requires a commitment to continued reflective practice. Here are practices that we recommend to deepen your understanding and skill in the methods, and to give you more ways to adapt them to specific situations.  

Reflection

Access the power of your perception.

Holism with Focus

Understand patterns by working with structures and flows.

Ecosystem Thinking

Map the community that interacts.

Concept Mapping

Understand patterns of connection.

Causal Loops

Understand feedback loops.

Value Constellations

Map the value creation within a system.

Generative Thinking

Generate fresh ideas.

Lateral Thinking

Break out of restrictive mental patterns.

Evaluative Thinking

Move beyond ‘good vs. bad’ thinking.