Adriano Pianesi


Change Canvas STEP-BY-STEP Guide

Why do this workshop?
Inspired by the stances of radical inclusion of large group methods and the ongoing experiential learning of action research, the change canvas facilitates sense-making for organizational change, learning, and innovation. By filling the 10 boxes with large groups you facilitate action and reflection about organizational change with large numbers or organizational actors. The change canvas simplifies the exploration of the wider system, literally creating a visual map of that system, and act in the system to learn from it in times of change.
The change canvas is not only a tool to move together more quickly and effectively from Plan A to success, but it is also a process to exercise leadership in your change initiative while using it to mobilize people in strategic conversations and collective learning.

How to run this workshop?
Step 1:
Go to this link: to create your own change canvas. The process forces you to be brief and to the point, to pick your words carefully and to distill the essence of your ideas for change. This has important implications: When your plans for change hit the road, you often might have only one minute to grab the attention of an uninterested audience, to convince an important person in a hypothetical elevator pitch or to have a potential supporter keep reading your blog. When you are finished filling the canvas, you get in a single page a vision that is easily sharable, which means that it will be read by more people and used in your work for change.

Step 2: With the 10 elements clearly mapped out, you have something that you can share to test your understanding with others and invite them into the analysis, the action or both. This is when you hold your first change canvas event, print your canvas on a giant poster and invite people in your team to comment on it. Your canvas event is not about your own brilliance of analysis but about testing your own vision with others, engaging people in the process of meaning-making about reality, and building and validating iterations of the plan that will get executed.

Step 3: Its simplicity means that each of the canvas 10 boxes will be updated more easily to help you in each iteration refine your thinking and clarify your hypothesis. After many iterations, you get to a point where you say, “This could really work!” Then you execute. That is when you start spending your own personal capital to exercise leadership and get into action.

Step 4:
After the action, you regroup and give another look at the change canvas: Have we missed the mark? Have we managed to accomplish your critical goal? What have we learned in the process? This is when you hold another change canvas event.


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