This is the prerequisite course for APP Professional Certification which introduces the principles, practices and processes of open participation in organizations. We start by examining the principles of a new zeitgeist that is emerging in the workplace that favors new forms of power over traditional forms, new means of interaction and engagement over conventional ways, and new more agile methods of solving problems and getting the work done. We will see just how far the key markers of social influence have changed and learn how what it means for organizations who want to attract top talent and spark the imagination of the next generation workforce. In the second part of the workshop, we look at practical applications such as self-organization and building trust networks through scanning the collaborative ecology, participating in evaluative discourse, and developing legitimization practices. We introduce the architecture, communications platform and governance of the OPO (open participatory organization) and learn how companies can create their own unique starting positions using OPO templates. We learn about team-based leadership and self-management by practicing strategic conversations involving the four languages of change.
In the third part of the workshop we dive into the actual processes at work in everyday organizational life. We see how social selves and and role dependencies limit the lively and adaptive processes of authentic human interaction. We discover how value-streams that reflect the on-going intentional-motivational states of individuals are in constant flux and flow and that what we feel and construe as power is the outcome of the continual processes of negotiating between asymmetrical needs and skills. We learn how identities, objectives and performance outcomes emerge from the interplay of autonomy, relatedness and agency of individuals organized to fulfill both individual and collectively shared goals.