前言: 2017 9月-12月MIT U型理論線下課程U-Lab(全球有250 線下學習聚落)首次在台灣起動，由社會影響力製造所(Impact Hub)在台北 主辦， 與四位導師*合作：黃卉莉、俞雲眉、李佩玉及吳咨杏。 學習方式為13周的線下課程與 MIT全球線上課程同步進行，並於結業時，產出一個公益提案，參加慈濟「Fun大視野想向未來」第一屆「青年公益實踐計畫」競賽， 從300個方案中， 入圍30 個方案第二階段的決賽，最後雖未獲選，但獲得朝邦基金會支持將 在天母的名山里社區進行實驗。本文作者─ 陳淑芬女士 是線下課程的全勤參與者，也是這個方案的指導者。
我和Ｕ型理論相遇的契機是2017年9-12月在edx參與麻省理工學院的「u.lab: Leading From the Emerging Future」課程，經由全球同步線上共學及由Impact Hub 舉辦的線下實際演練，學習了許多與正在生成的未來相連結的理論與工具。非常感謝所有因Ｕ而來的新朋友及四位導師，在每次的正念(Mindfulness)練習中感知自己與周遭的連結，在線下的課堂中更深刻地感受自己與他人的同在，在個案的聆聽與分享裡更深入地看見自己的過去與未來。在課程結束後我們籌組了一個名為「長照3.0守護隊」的Ｕ理論實踐團隊，並且以青銀共創的社區總體營造目標「城市裡的心桃花源」計畫入圍了全國第一屆青年公益實踐計畫，箇中自許為長照3.0守護隊的我們，並非要推翻長照2.0，而是希望導入一套科學的管理方法，透過Ｕ型理論的精髓，在社區據點建立老少共學的Ｕ學堂，連結老中青三代，以青銀共學的推動方式，盤點高齡及再就業資源與需求，讓退休但願意分享自身故事或技能的長輩找到事業第二春、讓對未來彷徨的年輕人找到生命的模範、讓銀髮人口成為互相扶持的力量，讓社區的居民互信互助，以解決社區或個人的問題。我們將成為善意的第三者，帶領社區一同想像未來、動手改造，以發揮更大的社會影響力，促成社區的永續發展，最終讓全體社區居民願意一同站出來共創屬於當地社區的未來，以活化社區人力資源並建立共同關懷照護模式。
黃卉莉(Vicky Huang)慧力教練，俞雲眉(Jessica Yu)更快樂教練 , 李佩玉(Jayce Lee)中國U. Lab核心成員 及吳咨杏(Jorie Wu)朝邦基金會執行長
2018 March CP Yen Foundation Newsletter- Spring Issue
The very first U-lab offline gathering in Taiwan was launched by Impact Hub-Taipei in 2017, Sept-December with the initiation of 4 facilitators**: Vicky Huang, Jessica Yu, Jayce Lee and Jorie Wu. Upon completion of the 13 weeks offline study, a project was produced which aims to apply theory u in community work . This project was selected from 300 as one of the 30 candidates for the First Youth Charity Projects organized by Vision Future of Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation. The project although did not win the final award, it will, however be sponsored by CP Yen Foundation to do a prototype in Ming Shan community, Tienmou, Taipei. The author of the following article- Feneca Chen is one of the participants in the 2017 U.Lab Taiwan@ Impact Hub-Taipei, more over she is the mentor for this U community project. Following is her learning journey and insights from 2017 U.Lab.
Creating the Future through Dialogues - the learning and practice of the Theory of U
by Feneca Chen
Peter M. Senge, an authority on organizational learning, once said, “The theory and methodology of the U have a great deal to say about the nature of leadership, especially leadership in times of great turbulence and systemic change. This leadership comes from all levels, not only from ”the top,” because significant innovation is about doing things differently, not just talking about new ideas. This leadership arises from people and groups who are capable of letting go of established ideas, practices, and even identities. Most of all, this leadership comes as people start to connect deeply with who they really are and their part in both creating what is and realizing a future that embodies what they care most deeply about”
My connection with U started by taking the online course on “u.lab: Leading From the Emerging Future” on edX. with M.I.T. during Sept-December 2017. Through the global online classes and offline practices hosted by Impact Hub-Taipei , I had the pleasure of learning theories and tools about emerging future with classmates and the 4 facilitators. With these new friends who came together because of U, I learned to become more mindful of my self and my connection with my surrounding from the Mindfulness practices. Offline, as we practiced and interacted, I learned to become more alert to the presence of my own and others. The case studies allowed me to probe deeper into my past and future. The practice of U starts with daily routines. It is with self awareness and the capacity of deep connection one learns to open the mind to own inner place to learn to co-create with others and the world and to find courage to try and accept mistakes along the way. The U process can be applied in many aspects, from the process of finding one’s authentic being, solutions to issues, to organizational innovation, resolving cross-department issues, and even co-creating realities on social issues.
After completion of the course, some of us formed a group named “3.0 Guardian Angels of Long-Term Care” to practical applications on Theory U . The name of our project is “Finding the Peach Blossom Paradise in Our Hearts” and the intention is for community development from youths and senior citizens. “Finding the Peach Blossom Paradise in Our Hearts” aims not to confront the existing “Long-Term Care 2.0” policy but to add in an evidence-based methodology with the essence of U, setting up U classrooms in the community to connect different generations for co-learning. Inside these classrooms, an inventory on existing resources and employment will be taken to identify retired senior citizens who are willing to share their stories and experiences. We will ask them to act as role models to the young people and become the support needed for the community. The interactions are opportunities to build up mutual trust among the members and to resolve community and personal issues. Our group becomes the facilitator to help the community to imagine their future, make changes, and create more social influence for a sustainable growth. In the end the community members become motivated to create their future, energizing the human resources available while establishing a long-term care system. Through our endeavour, our project was selected as candidates for the First Youth Charity Projects organized by Vision Future of Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation.
According to the chapter of “Great Learning” in the Chinese “Book of Rites”, if one hopes to attain order in the state, he must first bring his own family and personal life into order through self-cultivation. With that reflection in mind, one must slow down to become deeply aware of the inner being and to connect with the environment and nature. One must act to set example behaviours with the capacity to being aware and dialogue in order to create new realities. The leadership from Ｕ Theory can also be manifested in Confucianism. I believe future corporate and organizations must be equipped with the capacity to lead major changes and dialogues in layers that include the integrative science of life systems, artistic creation, experiences in organizational changes, and creativity that directly links to nature. Through these changes and dialogues, we will see a new dynamic learning organization that transcends the traditional individual-group dichotomy mindset. And with that, I believe, the globally recognized U Theory will become the dominant leadership thinking in a cross-generational, complex and diverse society.
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About the author
Master degree in Business Management
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