This page includes the sketch of the programme for the first of three PULSE visioning days, focusing on scenario building for the cultural sector in transition. More about the process and the results in Dutch can be found on pulse visiedagen and pulse_visiedag_1.
A summary of the flow, presented on the curve of the U process
09:30 - 10:00 Arrival
10:00 - 10:10 Intro
Goal: inspire, energise and inform the participants about what the visiedagen are all about, how we are planning to proceed for the day, what our goals are and how we expect them to participate.
10:10 - 10:30 Icebreaker
Goal: ease the participants into the content by asking a question they can connect to personally.
Appreciative Inquiry, a dialogue in pairs about a situation that made them feel a part of the 'transitie' - focusing on what they felt, what they did and what made the situation possible. 5 minutes per person, one person 'interviewing', the other talking, then swapping roles; at the end the facilitators ask who would like to share their findings with the group and collect 5-7 different answers.
Facilitators frame the exercise, keep the time, moderate the discussion, record and summarise the findings (focus on emotions, actions and resources).
(To end, possibly a short physical/grounding exercise that can be done on the spot, just standing up for a minute or two; e.g. the taoist tapping the meridians, or a simple breathing exercise…)
10:30 - 11:20 The present situation and key factors
Goal: get a clear picture of the present situation of 'cultuur en transitie'; understand what the issues are an what will make 'cultuur als motor voor transitie' succeed or fail.
11:20 - 11:30 Break
11:30 - 12:30 Drivers of Change
Goal: get an overview of the 'macro scale forces' that can influence or change the role of 'culture in transitie'. Focus on political, economic, environmental, cultural, social and technological trends.
Lunch: 12:45 - 13:15
13:15 Silent reflection
Goal: refresh people’s mind and allow them not to talk or think for a few minutes. Invite participants to spend 15 minutes reflecting in silence. They can go out for a breath of fresh air, lay down or just breathe deeply, taking time to let the morning discussions sink in, (in facilitators’ jargon - to check in with their gut feeling)
13:30 - 14:15 Critical Uncertainties
Goal: select which factors and trends are the most important and most uncertain for our core question of the day. We want to do this as a relatively playful exercise, to help keep concentration during the usual after lunch lull.
14:15 - 14:30 Scenario Axes
Goal: select four critical uncertainties to make two sets scenario axes
14:30 - 15:30 Creating scenario skeletons
Goal: create imaginative scenario narratives in words and images (a moodboard) incorporating important factors and drivers, as well as extrapolating from the present situation.
15:30 - 15:40 Break
15:45 - 16:15 Answer the core question, finalise the moodboard
Goal: summarise scenario narratives as answers to the core question, as well as visual impressions (moodboards)
16:20 - 16:35 Possible answers to the core question of the day
Goal: get a range of different answers to the core question, depending on the perspective of each respective scenario.
16:35 - 16:55 Summaries, conclusions and next steps
Goal: get everyone together to review what we achieved together, reflect on the content and process, as well as discussing next steps
16:55 - 17:00 Closing
Goal: physical closing of the day, last spark of collective energy before dispersing
A peek behind the curtain of the facilitators' running sheet (in Dutch): Procesbegeleiders' draaiboek