Emerging Agenda for Top Research Dialogue in Taiwan.
Global ToP Marketing
Develop branding for different domains
• Connect marketing efforts globally
• Continue Logo dialogue
• Research innovations in facilitation and training
• Support methods innovation
• Catalogue effective facilitation
• Ensure standards
• Continue ToP Facilitator/Trainer
• ToP Certification
• Support curriculum development
• Support capacity
development in ICA and in networks
• Collect current curriculum designs/manuals
Global ToP Finances
Analyze existing network finance mechanisms
1. Present, clarify and write up some of our OWN examples of ToP "innovations",
perhaps ten each. We could promote these examples and generate a couple of hundred more to be published on various websites.
Examples could include Training, Facilitation, Cross Method Integration.
2. Describe the type of impact that
ToP is having globally and discuss opportunities for expansion or deepening the impact.
3. Present and consider
various ToP training modules that are available around the world today and suggest core ones to be made available to all,
and discuss which are not available for one reason for another. For example, Larry's Bangladesh training module (part of Larry
& ICA Taiwan's value screen of openness and self organization). Another example is ICA Canada's Community Development
Intensive, which is like a compressed, condensed Human Development Training Institute.
4. Get a grasp of who is
empowered to teach ToP, by gathering data empirically from the various metanetworks. Protocols and rules can easily be found
in ICA USA, and the US TTN, in ICA Canada and ICA Associates Inc., and in ICAUK. Such rules and protocols must exist
in other ICAs and ToP Networks.
5. Consider how ToP operates financially, both training and facilitation,
and see if we can draw any conclusions from it that would be helpful to the long term sustainability of the metanetworks.
6. Virtual facilitation and net programming are also going to raise further questions of ownership.
to and support self organization of research efforts in the globe. What would this look like?
8. We may have to think
through deeply how to approach the "ownership" question of curriculum. There are real blocks to global use, promotion
and branding of ToP training globally. We have all bumped into them. Some traditional ICA methods,values and training materials
might be rebranded as ToP (in some places it might be dual ToP and ICA) and promoted globally. Some people in ToP metanetworks
may see some special training approaches as their personal intellectual property, and want to retain credit or ownership.
People need to be acknowledged. A problem arises generally when another person takes the key insight and improves on it, claiming
it as their own. Ego's can then clash and ToP becomes embroiled in the clash. The same type of situation exists when a traditional
ICA Method is improved by someone who then claims the improvement, and then it is found that the improved method was already
being used by many in ICA or ToP networks all along in different geographical areas. The way we solved this in Canada was
saying simply that all training material gets vested back as the intellectual property of the charity ICA Canada. This type
of approach may not work everywhere within the ToP metanetworks.
Bill, Larry, Kevin