Our focus is always to build capacity within the organisations and businesses we work with. Rather than simply providing advice, our commitment is to ensure that we share information, build capability and encourage active innovation with all our clients.
Some of this work includes face-to-face facilitated sessions. Rather than the usual approach of ‘death by PowerPoint’, we use graphic facilitation to fully engage workshop participants and key stakeholders. Our experience is that participants, even the most cynical, soon engage with the method and contribute actively. Using whiteboards, paper and iPad technology, graphic facilitation allows the facilitator and participants to understand – on a visual level – the issues, complexities, gaps and solutions in a way that makes sense to everyone.
Our model is particularly effective working with stakeholders to engage & develop next steps. We use a co-design framework to fully engage – particularly during a period of crisis or change.
Additionally, rather than approach change management and governance development from a historical perspective, The Westminster Initiative uses a design thinking model to draw out ideas, experiences and creative responses from participants. As illustrated below, design thinking is an iterative process that allows participants to build the framework of a strategy that will work.
Delving into the experiences of individuals within the organisation, this method ensures that members of the team area able to speak about what has happened in the past, what worked (and what didn’t), and bring their specific ideas and experience into the project. By allowing team members (including the board, if appropriate) to share their stories, this method ensures that change is able to happen as staff are less likely to be tied to the past when they know they have been heard and acknowledged.