2-days workshop around reinventing collaboration

The world is moving into a new era of collaboration. In this new era, collaboration is no longer only defined by the need to work together “because we have to", but also because we actually enjoy doing so. It is as much about the well-being of the individuals and people feeling engaged in what they do as it is about accomplishing goals for the company. This requires a radical review of the way we organize collaboration. The Holy Grail? A collaboration that brings meaning and pleasure, that is purpose-driven, that adapts to anything, that enjoys the unknown, that creates genuine innovation, that is more than the sum of us...

Deep collaborative approaches like Participatory Governance (Sociocracy, Holacracy...), Co-Design, Open Innovation, Crowdfunding, Sharing Economy and many others are attracting more attention every day, and are shaping what we call a "Collaborative Transition". It is impacting how people organisise themselves, how decisions are taken, how they are financed and how they innovate with their eco-systems.

Have you just joined or created a new team? Are you experiencing difficulties with collaboration at work? Would you like to engage communities or employees in innovation processes? Are you dreaming of a workplace that enables everyone to bring the best of themselves, enjoy what they do, and finally really feel like 1 + 1 > 2? This workshop is designed for individuals or teams who want to explore how to collaborate deeper and to co-create a new way of working for them and those around them. It will benefit any interested team member or leader, but may be of specific interest to people working in human resources, people management or innovation. Unlike a detailed training focusing on one tool, or one area of change (HR, Finance, Innovation...), the workshop provides a holistic view on the subject, and challenges you on what can be changed in the direction of Deep Collaboration, in order for you to start your own change journey. This is the first step...


DeepCo is a collective of researchers and practitioners, so beyond strong theoretical foundations based on the latest academic research, we also have extensive experience at co-creating projects ourselves and coaching collectives and companies in doing so. During the workshop we will implement new ways of collaborating and not simply talk about them. We will test them, play with them, and see the value directly. As we practice what we preach, be ready to “let go”, to interact in a different way and to have fun. Expect some digital detox, this is a PowerPoint-free certified training ;-).

And, we will have the chance to interact with pioneers who will share their experience with us! For this session: Laurent Ledoux (BNP, SPF Mobility, Euractiv'...) and Chritsophe Jouret (anais.digital).


Day 1

The first session uses the “Collaborative Creativity Canvas”, a tool designed in house, to diagnose your existing approach to co-creation and collaboration. It questions individual skills, managerial approaches, and cultural aspects. It forms the basis for your reflexion on how to create the "Minimum Viable Structure" which enables people to collaborate and co-create in a way which respects their needs and those of the team.

The second session focuses on enhancing your soft skills using a unique experience-based learning tool, based on improvised theatre, with our partners "Talkin' To Me?". You will be required togo beyond your comfort zone and experience trust (in you, in others), distributed responsibility, assertiveness, effective communication… in short: co-creation.


Day 2

The third session will explore the “harder” skills, tools and processes needed to support effective collaboration. How do we interact in an environment which isn’t built on hierarchies, politics, fear or greed? This includes elements of participative governance, efficient meeting facilitation with sociocracy, non-violent communication, active listening, co-financing, co-design, ICT tools such as Slack, Loomio etc…

During the forth session, we will try to put it all together, based on scenarios which are brought to the workshop by the participants themselves. The goal is not just to learn the theory, but to leave the workshop already with some of the skills and tools you can already apply in your daily life.


Location: Brussels Region (to be decided based on attendence)

Dates: 24th & 25th of November and the 8th & 9th of December 2016 (Wish another date? Get in touch!)

Language: English and/or French

Price: Private Individuals and Non-Profits: 285 euros/person; Prosessionals & Companies 455 euros/person. 20 % Early Bird reduction if booked in October !

Your coaches: DeepCoaches.


Leave your name and e-mail and we will get in touch. Or drop a note at david@deepco.be. Or call us: +32 495 54 99 19.

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