The day at Oittaa was regarded as valuable, but the usefulness was not equal to all groups. Perhaps a day such as this should be held at a point where all groups are somewhat in the same situation. Nevertheless, the Geometry of Balance by Sebastian Mahaluf was considered to be interesting.
The ACSI process has never been meant to be only an 8 day camp, where certain cases are studied and then everyone goes back to their old jobs and forget about ACSI. It’s meant to be a though provoking and mindset changing process that would continue still after the camp so that each participant can take something they’ve learned home and apply that in their work life. So far the case owners feel that ACSI has already changed peoples’ mindsets, at least the way that people are challenged to think ideas over again. One wish was that as there are so many methods of communication today, that there would be a follow up meeting in for example 6 months’ time. Then it would be possible to contemplate on how the process has continued after the camp as well.
The case owners met again this morning to discuss pressing issues in the groups. A clear focus for today is the prototyping and making case-visits for other cases. Yesterday’s meeting clearly had an effect, because case owners continued to think how the visits could be most effective. For the visitors role the conclusion was made that they should not be too disruptive and remember that they are guests. On the other hand, they are also valuable resources for the groups, so a win-win situation is hoped for where both sides benefit from each other. Just remember that time is of the essence here at ACSI as we only have 8 days to work together.
Most of the conversation this morning reflected upon the case owner’s role. They fear that group members regard them too much as leaders and try to please them because of this, and also look too much for answers from the case owners. This is of course not the purpose of ACSI, where each member of the team is considered equal. Every member of a case should open their talents and take responsibility within the group so that their ideas and views are heard. The construction of the groups was made so that they would be as versatile as possible to ensure a broader method of innovation. We sincerely hope that everyone who participates in ACSI can take something that they have learned home with them and not only the case owners.
A good documentary on this kind of laissez-faire group work can be viewed on Youtube. It follows the chamber orchestra Orpheus and how they conduct their music without a conductor.