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Coming out of lockdown we are all action researchers now

Across the world nations are struggling to find their way back to some kind of ‘new normal’. But they cannot do it by announcing a grand plan and then implementing it. They are dealing with an unpredictable opponent: they don’t know how we the public or the virus will respond as they lift restrictions. So from the UK Government we hear that the ‘road map’ is to take ‘baby steps’, review what happens and move forward when we can without causing a new ‘spike’. 

We are told we are in uncharted territory and we are not used to planning this way. And yet we have had a well-developed methodology for managing change in this way for nearly 100 years. Action Research was developed by Kurt Lewin in the 1920s as a way of dealing with change in circumstances where the complex system being changed is unpredictable. Over the past century many forms of action research have been developed but at their heart is a four-stage action research cycle: plan, act, research (observe, study the results) and reflect. 

First you create a plan to achieve a goal and then you take the first actions to implement the plan. Then, before taking the next step, you undertake research to see what the results of your actions have been. You then reflect on what has been achieved and plan the next actions accordingly. This becomes an iterative process, moving through a series of action research cycles so that over time a flexible plan is implemented that deals with the complexities of the real world as they become apparent. 

For the past 30 years the Bayswater Institute has been helping clients of all kinds manage change processes by using action research. This is particularly pertinent now because as the UK government adopts its own version of action research, knowingly or not, so organisations of all kinds are going to have to adopt some form of action research as they try to come out of lockdown and resume a form of normal activity. 

Our aim it to use our experience of action research to help organisations adopt this approach to planning. The next posts will be on different aspects of following an action research approach. If you want help with any aspect of the approach please let us know and we will build it into future posts.

Professor Ken Eason

‘Mindfulness in Lockdown’ – Free online class Monday 22nd June 2pm

Mindfulness in Lockdown

Our next Zoom Mindfulness class will be live on Monday 22nd June at 2pm BST. The 40 minute classes are free of charge.

Application to attend is open to all, simply reserve your space and we will send you a link to be used on the day. 

The mindfulness session will make use of a Quartet of the Mindful stories,

The quartet will allow you time and space to consider your relations with yourself, your world, our shared world and your community. 

Want to get organised? Here’s what you need to know: 

  • The classes will be hosted on Zoom
  • Available both on a computer or on your phone. Download the Zoom app ready if you’d like to. 
  • You can have your video on and be seen or you can turn it off and keep to yourself while following the class. 
  • You can keep your audio on and chat with the others in the class if you’d like to, or you can mute. 
  • It is best to be seated on a comfortable chair in a quiet place. 
  • I’ll keep the classes simple and focused on the story of each week. 
  • The class is 40 minutes, but you can log off at any time if needed. 

I look forward to seeing you on Monday if you can make it. Just click the button below to reserve your space and I’ll see you there.

Please reserve my space

Mindful Stories

Mindfulness in Lockdown – Mindful storiesThe Zoom Mindful Stories are all available in the forthcoming publication, A new approach to Mindfulness: Mindful Stories (MiSt) Cambridge Scholars. Summer 2020

Given the current crisis and the time we are spending in our homes the ability to be mindful, resilient, adaptive and active is crucial to our own well-being and creativity, to organisational relations and to our everyday relationships. Addressing underlying issues, by stepping beyond the everyday tasks and issues that we are encompassed in, enables us to build greater capacity, reflexivity and compassion, allowing us to take this back to our everyday situations. This is the space offered by the BI’s virtual mindfulness sessions.