If you are curious about what happened at the Presencing Event in Sesimbra Portugal, take a look at our frame by frame photo-story and see for yourself!
The Presencing Event stretched over three days of sessions, which largely followed an experimental design, where participants were encouraged to imagine, communicate, reflect and innovate, thus having the opportunity to experience and understand the U-process fully.
The event started with a check in session – giving each person a chance to introduce themselves and express their hopes, concerns and expectations with the others.
The dialogue walk meant pairing-up and sharing relevant past experiences, together with their outlook on present times and plans for the future.
In small groups, participants told stories illustrating what makes inclusion worthy of their commitment. Afterwards, the groups identified differences and common themes among the stories heard.
The participants were engaged in dialog interviews, deeply listening to what the other had to say, in order to find out how their understanding of inclusion has evolved over time, as well as what they had learned from working for change.
Identifying generative questions is essential in planning for the future: these questions guide one’s search for new paths to inclusion.
The journaling exercise was created in order to help one develop a fuller perception of what is meaningful to them and of how they could contribute to making the future more inclusive.
Participants took some time-out for a session of introspection, where they incorporated all the new information acquired during the event into their perspective on life and envisioned ways of using it in order to bring positive change and inclusion through their work.
The imagery and movement exercise helped those involved express their view of the difference they want to make in the world, as well as their commitment to following it through.
Replacing words with objects, participants created personal “sculptures”, shaped by their vision and hopes for the future.
The participants were given a blank canvas to sketch and then share their prototypes of change, illustrating ways and ideas of making the future more inclusive.
Writing a letter to yourself was an exercise from the last day’s agenda. The letter was meant to refer to an action those present want to take home with them. The letters were then sealed and mailed to each participant so they would actually receive them in the post when they got back.
The event ended, but participants left with an enriched knowledge set, a new outlook on building an inclusive society and a much wider circle of friends and contacts.