Reos Partners worked with the team at Instituto EcoSocial to broaden their perception of opportunities and challenges currently faced in Brazil, revisit their organizational vision, expand the role that they can play in the sustainable development of the country and prototype initiatives aligned with the new vision and role.
Instituto EcoSocial (www.ecosocial.com.br), is an institute created in 2002 to promote human, organisational, and social development. The Institute includes more than 50 experienced professionals who identify with the principles of Social Ecology. These professionals use coaching, consulting, and training and development to promote protagonism, sustainable results and societal transformation. All the members participated in the project.
The project's activities included: the development of scenarios for the future of Brazil, identification of key questions to explore, learning journeys of 3-5 days to 7 different destinations in Brazil, 3 “strategy cafés” each with 50 external stakeholders where participants explored driving forces affecting the future of Brazil, developed scenarios and prototyped initiatives to contribute to the country’s development, a 3-day nature retreat with an overnight solo, and a process of creating 3-dimensional models of initiatives to be prototyped aligned with the new vision and role for the Institute in Brazil.
The one-year project resulted in an updated vision and role for Instituto EcoSocial and 8 initiatives aligned with that vision and role. According to participants, the project led to increased leadership capacity of the members, strengthened relationships and a unity of the group, increased awareness through direct contact with reality and with nature, a positive experience of creating together, and innovative initiatives aligned with the expanded vision and role that they would not have been able to come up with one year earlier.
What participants have to say:
“I’m loving the facilitation: security without arrogance, and openness without insecurity. You produced what you preach and created a virtuous cycle.”
“The process is intense, it’s tiring because it’s taking us out of our comfort zones, bringing an opportunity to get out of our box.”
“It’s as if Reos is calling on EcoSocial to participate in a global network. It’s time.”
“We’ve been thinking small, now we need to think big.”
“I leave satisfied. I believe we advanced, confirmed and innovated. I like the way the process evolved and how the facilitation was iterative and how the facilitators danced with us.”
“The methodology works! I am very happy with the results we achieved with the Instituto EcoSocial members: new innovative initiatives and an inspiring vision of the future.