This week I painted the five sectors with subsectors to emphasize the fact that every primary phase of the whole seems like the whole to those who live in it… also it’s colourful and stimulating – fractal is like nature and more beautiful than uniform blocks. .
This is a big leap forward in the ergonomics of the 4phase process approach to meetings. Around this five-part table people can find their ‘home sector’ and really get how they fit with the other sectors in the process of creating new ideas, of coming to new mutual understandings and synergies.
Our grandsons shown here playing with the prototype sector ‘wands’… The sector tables may get imprinted with some graphics to represent four sub-phases within them – each phase is a process world to itself, with inputs and outputs, novelty and logic..
Here’s my latest graphic in the alarmclock I got on special for about $12. I added hours around the purple circle in case the clock is also wanted for use as a chronometer!
It only takes unscrewing the legs of this model and you can replace the face with a printed one as I did… I printed it on 250 gsm plain card , colour inkjet. Here’s the jpeg I printed it from in photoshop, using the print to a custom size option. in this case 105 mm. I used a leather punch to make the central hole – nice and neat. Use this, free, to make your own phasetimer!
I’m planning a new book – always a complex project! I want to use all I know to do this one efficiently – all the phases every hour, so the work is balanced. A little phasetimer clock right beside me makes more sense than a big one on the wall or set into the desk. Introducing the phasetimer alarm clock! Prototype $13 from Briscoes on special – nice quiet one with sweep motion second hand. Printed to size, inkjet on 250 gsm card, the original clock face pulled off the contact tape, phasetimer cut out and stuck on. Reassembled, and now ready to time my creative hours…
It goes with a new wall planner I’ve built with iron oxide paint on surface so I can stick movable pieces of magnetic sheet onto it, building up a whole book structure… this is the ‘flow rainbow’ revisited – see this post in my http://www.flowrainbow.wordpress.com: A Magnetic Book Planner
Just when I thought it was safe to say ‘done!’ I suddenly thought: the bands should be reversed so the smaller divisions go to the outside, like on a ‘normal’ clock… Like this:
I also refined the wording around the perimeter – hopefully a clear quick reference for the meaning of each phase… Like it?? 🙂 Download image and use if you want… Instruction manuals to come! Oh, and the card:
My card as of today:
Last night we watched The Giver (see the trailer here: https://youtu.be/uxFJvlWqphM), about a society which had traded colour and true feelings for safety and sameness – and a boy and his mentor (the Giver) who gave them it all back. It’s the kind of movie that can give you an altered state and change your perceptions of the world, and therefore your conceptions. I thought, the world is a different place to the one who sees the colours of the creative process, which is going on all around us but our fear and negativity and resignation blind us to it and we think everything is the same, nothing can really change or be improved, nothing is so great that it justifies the suffering of life…
As Zarathustra says to the prophet of the great weariness, ‘There ARE still Blessed Isles!’ I look forward to helping myself and others to go there – and stay!
This is my latest (04 10 15 ) Phasetimer prototype (white frame because shop had no black), with an inner band for timing shorter cycles of four phases – fifteen minutes to go through a cycle, or 3.75 minutes per phase. This is for quick processing a question – also can be used to go through four cycles in an hour…iterations are of course all part of process and evolution.
For the ‘early adopters, should there be any here (you know who you are!) here is a free jpeg of the timer face, for printing out (on say 200gsm card) and glue-sticking to the face of a wall clock of your choice, so you can experiment with the timed 4phase method… The text around the edge gives you the basic idea of what you do in each phase. Alway start with phase 1 – though you can decide to be in a certain phase overall, then go through the cycle within that phase – ( as this two-level layout portrays, process is fractal). All I ask is, email me with ANY feedback you like (firstname.lastname@example.org)… Thanks, and enjoy the process! And click ‘follow’ on this blog so you get updates on the method and also the tools and literature… (Note 06 10 15: I changed the order of the layers – I think it looks better… I’ve added latest picture below this one:
Use either one – let me know which you prefer… or any suggestions…