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Colearning Strategy Retreat 3

December 4, 2017 – February 2, 2018

How might we...

  • How might we work more strategically?

Hypothesis

Individual practitioners will want to participate in a two-day, self-organized retreat at least an hour away from where we all live (i.e. NOT held at someone’s house).

Design

Pick a date (January 30-31) and location (Bay Area), and invite the other colearners to:

  1. Declare their individual goals and requests of others
  2. Co-design the retreat

Do the retreat!

Debrief at the end of the retreat.

Metrics

Everybody will pre-declare what they want to be held accountable to. At the end of the retreat, check in to see how everyone did.

Also have a more qualitative debrief.

Learnings

  • From the standpoint of the declared hypothesis, the experiment failed. We couldn’t decide on a retreat location (even though we tried), and ended up doing it at my place in San Francisco.
  • 5 participants (down from 8 from last time), including 4 repeats. No out-of-towners this time.
  • Everyone found it valuable once again. Want to do another one in June.
  • As the host, I thought it would be more stressful, but it turned out to be far less. I didn’t have to go anywhere, I didn’t have to pack anything, and I didn’t have to do a lot of setup. We have a good culture of all contributing to food / snacks, which also makes it easier. I also had a similar reaction as Anya did the last two times; I love having people in my space! Especially given the timing (I’ve been very busy professionally), I loved hosting, and would happily do it again.

Decisions

This time, we picked new dates at the end of our retreat (July 26-27). We’re going to ask for commitments by March 9, then will find and commit to a retreat location. The idea is that if we all commit early and pay in advance, we’ll be able to pull this off.

Questions

Accountable Eugene
Team Eugene, Cherine, Odin, Anya, Kate
Documents Design + LogExperiment Folder
Modified February 19, 2019

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