Catalytic style is a an approach to having conversations that helps the solution emerge from the client rather than having it planted by the consultant. I learnt this approach from Nick Zienau at Intelligent Action, and it is well worth taking the time to practise using it.
The rules of Catalytic Style
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- Keep the focus on the client.
- Ask short, open questions to keep them talking (what, how, but not why).
- Offer quick summaries to show you are listening.
- Don’t offer your own solutions – this is about keeping the focus on the client.
Continuous place-based design is a model that creates a transition towards regenerative design.
The key elements of continuous, place-based design:
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- Design should exist as part of a long-term connection with place.
- Design that starts with and regularly returns to a practice of deep observation.
- Design that respects the complexity of the human-living system.
- Design that tried to work with what is emergent – with what the system is trying to do.
- Design that humbly seeks to unlock the potential of place.
- Design that is always learning from its actions through long-term repeated practice.
The aim of regenerative design is for human and living systems to survive, thrive and co-evolve. Understanding what this looks like is challenging when so much of how industry currently operates does the opposite. In this post we explore the best guide we have to thriving – the living world itself. We call this the Living Systems Blueprint.
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