The Magic of Theory U 2016

Join Chantal Normand of Thrive Facilitation and Marten Sims of the Vancouver Design Nerds for a one day fast (and slow), fun and dynamic workshop for leaders working with complex issues. We will lead you through an introduction to Theory U, an innovative framework and method employed by social impact and innovation labs for leading profound change.

Through creative processes, interactive exercises, deep reflection and rapid prototyping we will introduce you to an enriching process that brings awareness, attention and consciousness to the system that your community, organization or neighbourhood operates from.

We will focus on two broad, but real-world issues during the workshop: engagement and happiness.

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Learning Outcomes:
Learn how to use this process with your team, neighbourhood, community organization
Discover fun and generative experiential learning techniques
Experience a design (reflexive) + thinking (reflective) approach to solving complex issues
To be introduced to Otto’s Sharmer Theory U process

Who is it for? This workshop is for anyone who is faced with complex problems and is looking for a method and practice that is solutions-centric: directors of non profits, corporate social responsibility directors, municipal social planners, city staff persons, social entrepreneurs, social change makers, designers, musicians, artists, activists and lovers of the fragile blue dot we’re flying around on.

Why should you attend? Finance. Food. Fuel. Water shortage. Resource scarcity. Climate chaos. Mass poverty. Mass migration. Fundamentalism. Terrorism. Financial oligarchies. We have entered an Age of Disruption. Yet the possibility of profound personal, societal, and global renewal has never been more real. Now is our time.

“Our moment of disruption deals with death and rebirth. What’s dying is an old civilisation and a mindset of maximum “me”—maxi- mum material consumption, bigger is better, and special-interest- group-driven decision-making that has led us into a state of organized irresponsibility, collectively creating results that nobody wants.” – Otto Sharmer

Because of the urgency of today’s challenges, we need a way to create a better future!

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About your Hosts

Chantal Normand 







The managing director of THRIVE, Chantal Normand, is a professional facilitator, process designer, community-builder, and organization development consultant. She has worked in this capacity for the past 13 years, designed and facilitated over 300 sessions in the advertising, non-profit, and government sectors throughout Alberta and Ontario.

Chantal’s combination of education and experience has provided a solid foundation for engaging groups of individuals in meaningful conversations that lead them to action. She acquired her Master’s degree in Adult Education with a specialization in Organization and Community Development from the University of Toronto in 2003 and has trained with the Berkana Institute’s Art of Hosting Conversations, a global conglomerate in leading authentic conversations.

She was also an instructor for 2 years with Grant MacEwan University teaching the online course “Trends and Issues” in Human Services for the Bachelor Degree program. Chantal excels at creating a safe and engaging space which meets the unique needs of participants personality, learning style and learning needs.

Marten Sims


Since 2011, Marten has designed and facilitated over 30 workshops and Jams for corporate, government, and not-for-profit sector clients in BC. Topics have ranged from: creating healthier communities; addressing homelessness; local living economies; increasing voter turnout; engaging citizens; affordable housing; product and brand innovation; and public space revitalisation.

In his design practice, Beyond, Marten works with and for entrepreneurial businesses, social impact organisations and progressive governments to design visual and experiential solutions to complex problems. Through a deep, enriching design process he creates compelling stories, help clients conceive ‘theories of change’ and design impactful brands that empower audiences and users with the knowledge and experiences they need to transform themselves and their audiences. He also works with several businesses, start-ups and teams: Vancouver Design Nerds; Civic Renewal Lab; Vancouver’s Mayor’s Engaged City Task Force; Happy City; and as a course instructor at Emily Carr University and Simon Fraser University. He is currently designing and writing a book titled Change Anything: New Models for Regeneration, Transformation and Social Impact.

We look forward to hosting you!

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