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November 2018

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The VALUE of Invitation, Chris Corrigan, May 2017


….the practice of invitation as it relates to participatory meetings,

longer term participatory strategic initiatives and even organizational design….



In participatory processes, I have found that the success or failure of the work is rally correlated to the quality, intention and active nature of the invitation. Just as participatory processes require participatory harvesting, they also require invitations to be participatory, iterative, emergent, and yet clear in intent and boundary. These five principles form a decent heuristic for invitation practice that can be scaled from single meetings, through to sustainable initiatives and enterprises. Here they are:


Invitation is a VERB: If you are inviting people to a gathering using a single static email or a poster, you aren’t doing enough, in my experience. Invitation requires you to be active, in relation and dialogue. The interaction between inviter and invitee creates a connection and a commitment and kicks off the design. My friend Christie Diamond one time remarked “The conversation begins long before the meeting starts…” and that captures perfectly the idea of an active invitation.

邀請是一個動詞:如果想要邀請人們參與一個聚會,用一封電子郵件或是一張海報,在我的經驗看來,這是不夠的。邀約的人必須積極、要建立關係與對話。邀約者和受邀者之間的互動,會創造出連結與允諾,藉此展開這個是像的設計。我的朋友Christie Diamon有一次就說:「早在會議開始之前,對話很久以前就開始了...」,這句話精準地捕捉住一項積極邀約的精髓。

Invitations are made from ATTRACTORS AND BOUNDARIES: It’s obvious that an invitation should have a purpose at its centre, but it should also include a statement of the boundaries of the container you are inviting people into. This could be a clear sense of what we are NOT doing, or it could be a cost associated with coming (time, money, attention, commitment). Peter Block says a good invitation contains a barrier to overcome to assure that the person reading it will respond with an authentic yes or an authentic no to what is on offer. Attractors and boundaries together help to define the container inside which the work will unfold.

邀請是由吸引元素與界限所構成:很明顯的,邀約本身必須具有目標和核心的議題,但是也必須說明你邀請大家進入的空間的框架界線。這可能是清楚說明你「不是要做」的內容,也可能是參與的成本(時間、金錢、專注力、承諾)。Peter Block認為一個好的邀約涵蓋必須克服的障礙,對方在回應時,就能用真誠的好或不好來回應。有了吸引元素和界線,就能定義這框架裡面是什麼,讓界線內的內容可以展開。

Invitation is LEADERSHIP: When you invite people to something you are taking an active leadership role. You will confront all kinds of emotional states in yourself, ranging from excitement to anxiety. You are taking a stand for something, especially if you are inviting people to something new and there may be times when you are the only one with a strong sense of possibility about the work. Good invitation requires people to practice good leadership.


Invitations respond to an URGENT need: in chaordic design, we go to need first, to understand why something is necessary and to be able to reach people who also feel the need. The more an invitation can respond to the zeitgeist of the moment, the more energy and focus people will have coming into your container or your process.


Finally, invitations are EMBODIED: You cannot just send a text, or invite somebody to something while signaling your distinct lack of invitation with your body and behaviour. …. How are your invitations?




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