From EGO-systems to ECO-systems

ego-v-ecoLast  friday we were telling you about the superpower of being able to collaborate, and presenting the ideas of Alfons Cornella, one of the best experts in collaboration. He has founded a project, co-society, with the intention of building and fostering inter-companies linkages and collaborations.

Today, we want to introduce you to Otto Scharmer, professor of MIT, an expert in change processes. In his latest book, “From EGO-systems, to ECO-systems“, he develops a theory about  the needed competencies for buiding co-creation contexts to address the increasingly complex problems of the society and organizations.

One of these competencies, he says, is LISTENING. The capacity to listen to new facts, to listen  to other´s points of view, and to listen to future possibilities is one of the keys to be able to create something new and valuable. He explains the four levels of listening in this video (8 minutes).

When we really listen, we can go beyond what we already know, what we already think and therefore, we can create relationships that help us create the future that we want, in a collaborative way.

During this week, before the module 1 of the programme, we want you to practice your listening ability. We suggest that you try to listen consciously, giving time to this complex activity, asking questions to understand better the ideas, worries and motivations of your colleagues. Just observe yourselves and see to what extent you really “listen”.

We will practice some more during the seminar. See you next week.

Vesper team

P.S.: We remind you to answer the questionnaire to tell us your expectations about the programme. For us, is very useful to listen to you before we gather next thursday. Thank you in advance:

The superpower of collaboration

super-hero-battery-wraps-1-300x271We are living in a complex world: the challenges are global and bigger and the changes becoming faster and faster. This situation forces us to change a paradigm with which we have lived for centuries: only the strongest will survive

This belief has been useful for humanity for years but we are sure that it will not be enough for the future. In the past, competition was the key to success but right now, we need another superpower: the capacity to collaborate with others.

So we need engineers, economists, artists, politicians, teachers…who collaborate with each others but especially, we need scientists who are willing to share their knowledge and experience with companies and colleagues to solve huge problems … and enjoy doing it.

Here we have valued examples of joint collaborating work between scientific individuals and groups to solve increasingly complex problems. Alfons Cornella, in his book “The solution begins with CO“, talks about a radical exam­ple of scientific collaboration in the Atlas Experiment where “more than 3,000 scientists in many dif­ferent specialties contributing to solve the most complex questions about the structure of matter at the CERN in Geneva. It is this convergence of disciplines that helps science to advance”.

However, we know that it’s necessary to develop new skills and we are looking forward to sharing them in this Programme.

Vesper Team


Welcome to the Programme!

cicWelcome to the 10 week “Communication & Collaboration” Programme.

As you already know, we will work together in a learning process, seeking to improve your individual and collective skills to think and act “as a team”.

One year ago, you held an internal workshop and you identified some challenges you think it could be useful to improve:

• The quality of communication in the groups and among the different groups.
• The individual focus of work and results.
• To gain shared vision and motivation to collaborate.
• The resource allocation process looking for the benefits of the collective.

To change the working culture of an organization requires three levels of intervention:

1) Each of us needs to find “reasons to”… we need to connect with this simple question: what´s in for me? What´s in for us?

2) We need to make an effort to develop the necessary skills, and that requires intention and practice. Listening, communication with clarity, giving constructive feedback, building effective commitment, generating trust, etc… are skills we can learn and develop…but only if we “want”.

3) We need to commit ourselves and contribute to generating a favorable context. Often, we tend to say “the problem is the culture of this organization”, ignoring the fact that we are the ones to build it, with our day-to-day actions and attitudes.

We have pre-designed a learning process to move a step forward in these challenges. But to be more specific and to help you the best we can, we would like to hear your needs and expectations about it before we start. That´s why we enclose 4 questions for you to answer, in the next few days:

Communication and Collaboration Programme Survey

We are convinced the effort will be useful for you. We are convinced that the future is CO- and that the investment in developing these skills will be very profitable for you and for the whole organization.

Vesper team