Taking part in prototype is a great way to test new thinking and different concepts.
The focus we have for the 45days was to test Change Agency behaviours (the ones that help us find the new S curve / Paradigm). This has given me the opportunity to push into new areas that I have not done before. Over the last week I have been attempting to create some content for the website that works at the mindset levels and engages the heart. This has been very challenging, yet hugely insightful taking me definitely outside my comfort zone.
As with all things it is good to get feedback and that has been very interesting. Several people have said that it works really well and is a real ‘test’ of doing something different. I know that it could use more work to polish and perfect it, but the point of the prototype is to try something new, test it fast and get feedback… so I really hope to get people’s views.
Others are much more cautious…requesting that I am less provocative or make the images more mainstream. It can be hard when we are innovating to know when to listen and to what. If people are embedded in the current system, then chances are that their feedback will direct you to re-invent what already exists. In other words when you are creating from the next curve, some will find it less appealing as it is different to what they feel comfortable with and have previously experienced. So when is feedback helpful?
With this in mind…here are my sights from this week’s experience…
Working with the Change Agency Archetype absolutely brings new and fresh ideas to test.
They take you into new and unfamiliar territory and help you to make new neurological connections…very exciting and also rather dauting too. I have found the process and support invaluable to do this.
Explore and create a clear purpose that matches what you want to test – in this case, to create a small experiment that is different and engaging around the 17 SDG’s and why are Future Centers critical for working with these.
I aspire to create something in under 2mins that stimulates and resonates with mindset and culture rather than another bullet point list…something that stimulates interest.
Most importantly to connect with others who are also working on these challenges and offer them a place to dialogue their views and opinions through ‘experiences’ rather than documents.
I have found that is for those who are on the current system, listening is good way to potentially influence them to consider other possibilities by asking questions of how what they suggest would be different to what is ready being done. There may also be some that you thank and move forward to test anyway
Others who are hungry and curious to try something new, offer encouragement and want to learn from your experiment...by sharing the learning it may just inspire them to think how they might challenge themselves to try a different approach.