User:Nicolas Stampf

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Strength-based facilitation, coaching and change to avoid any so-called "change resistance". This implies a form of P2P-designed change.

I'm researching ways to unleash people's agency throughout the world, using a combination of strength-based facilitation techniques (summarized in a form of soft social technologies "fablab" dubbed Labso [laboratory for social technologies] at and systems thinking approaches like the VSM (Viable System Model) from Stafford Beer.

Forthcoming book on "change resistance without resistance":


I’m interested in all stuff related to small to large group facilitation, (strength-based) coaching.

My life long term goal is to teach the world how to co-create. A stepping stone for this purpose is the Labso (laboratory of social technology) which I help co-create with a colleague: which could be summarized as strength-based facilitation techniques released in open-source (facilitation techniques, like information, wants to be free!). This is mostly about helping people help themselves through facilitation and coaching. I’ve been trained into Appreciative Inquiry, learned Solution Focus on my own and other facilitation techniques (including Liberating Structures which I like a lot).


Our aim with the open-source [1] is three folds: 1) provide a basic set of principles so that people can live their lives using the labso philosophy and increase their thrivability and that of others around them 2) be a workshop format used during events and 3) release all in open-source/free license to make facilitation technique as freely available as possible.

Our basic principles are that people are intrinsically motivated by their strengths, which are: the Vision of where they want to lead their life (also: heart/why), their Ideas of how to get there (also: head/how) and their successful past Experiences toward that goal (also: hand/what). And that these 3 kinds of strengths, which work best together can be greatly amplified by using social networks (preferably face to face encounters). So learning how to deal with others as persons and connect with their strengths is critical yet somehow easy to do.

This is what we demonstrate during our workshops (often on a specific issue which we let people solve themselves using our labso facilitation).

Labso & the P2P movement

Just like in AI, it all starts with the first question you ask. P2P is, I’m convinced, a great answer and probably the future of humanity. But if we want more people to embark in the movement and accelerate it (though momentum is growing exponentially it seems), we need to find the right question for people, one that elicit good (attractive) memories for themselves, which elicits their own paths and validates their successful experiences (ie, nothing to learn, they already know how to do it to some extent).

And of course, the best way to promite ideas, concepts and tools is to make them freely available, which we will always do with the labso (currently CC-BY-SA).

So I’d say our approach isn’t much for existing members of the P2P movement/foundation (it would be preaching to the choir, although it might shine new light to otherwise instinctive practices), but a tool I’m convinced these people could use to convert others to the P2P approach…

Stuff here I'm most interested in: