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    We work across sectors in the design and implementation of change processes, organisational and personnel development, strategy and management consulting, as well as impact monitoring and evaluation. Since 2007, we regularly offer a one-year OD training for consultants.  
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    Como advises in the areas of state and society, the environment and climate, and economics and sustainability.
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BY THE WAY

How does 'the NEW' get into the world?

Como and transformation coach Aje Brücken tried to tackle down this question in a session held as part of International Facilitation Week Berlin. When we talk about change, we often talk about gradually improving already existing processes. But how do changes that result in profound transformation actually work? To get a better understanding of their architecture we had a look at conversion processes in nature. Drawing analogies to them allows us to learn as an organization as well as individually. Think of a caterpillar in a cocoon that transforms into a flying butterfly.

 

Como facilitates course at CEU Budapest

Since the beginning of 2018, Como has offered a practical seminar on qualitative evaluation for the School of Public Policy at the Central European University (CEU). The event is embedded in the Master & PhD course at the Chair of Professor Bodenstein. Students from all over the world are introduced to implementation of evaluations by using interactive methods, such as the simulation of evaluation steps in working groups with different roles. Special emphasis is put on systemic aspects. In 2020, another element of cooperation is to be added as part of a planned programme evaluation: the PolicyLab of the CEU, in which Master and PhD students will carry out an independent evaluation.

 

How do dialogues change us?

The central importance of dialogue for human and institutional development was described in detail by Buber, Bohm and Scharmer. However, the impact of dialogue is hardly explored in development cooperation, as it is difficult to observe and standardize. For MISEREOR, an organization for development cooperation, Como examined whether the quality of dialogue changes the way of thinking and the attitude of development actors. This was implemtented by a systemic evaluation which used a Theory U framework as part of its design. Read more (from page 84 onwards).

 

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