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We recently hosted an Artful session on how diptych photography can be an aid to co-operative inquiry. It was held on Monday 17th October 2022 and was titled:

Artful Inquiry into Making Sense of our World:

Photography and Diptychs as an aid to Cooperative Inquiry

| Hosted by Tony Nicholls and Rebecca Herbert |

Artful Inquiry into Making Sense of our World: Photography and Diptychs as an aid to Cooperative Inquiry

Making sense of our context and the impact we are having through practice can be a daunting task. Nonetheless, we are required as OD&D practitioners to do this proactively, methodically and regularly. How might we keep our sense-making fresh and tap into insights we might not otherwise access?

Principal Consultant Tony Nicholls led a session on using photographic images in making sense of our context and practice. This combined his love of photography and the art of creating diptychs (two images viewed side by side). Tony partnered in this event with Rebecca Herbert People Experience Specialist at The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.  Tony and Rebecca demonstrated how their images, combined for the first time live at the event, helped them explore their sense of 'disruption'. They then invited participants to have a go with their own images.


Tony Nicholls is a Principal Consultant at Mayvin. He brings a strategic perspective, creating space for clients to understand their contexts and to reflect on their ways of working. Clients value his calm, reflective and occasionally challenging presence. Tony works with the private, public and third sectors. Private sector organisations include Zurich, Capital One, The Co-operative Bank, Direct Line Group, Close Brothers and Virgin Media, plus numerous small-to-medium manager-owned businesses. In the public sector he works across the UK Civil Service and with Local Government organisations. Tony has an MSc in People and Organisation Development and is faculty lead for the UK Civil Service Organisation Design and Development capability development programmes.

Tony has also recently written a book - Managing Change in Organizations - Develop Your Employees for Business Transformation. It is being published on 3rd December but it is available to pre-order now on AmazonWaterstonesWH Smiths and any other reputable book shops.

You can find out more about Tony here: Tony Nicholls

Becks, Herbs, Rebecca, Mom - she goes by many names. Becks is a resourceful and empathetic force of nature with a real desire to make a difference in the world. She resists boxes and neatness. Preferring the messy interactions of relationships as the place where real change happens. Becks is currently working with IPSA to deliver a supply chain of service: delivering a great experience for our people so they can deliver great service to our customers. Previous roles include supporting the Cabinet Office with Civil Service Modernisation and Reform and embedding new values and service mindset at Independent Office for Police Conduct.  Becks is on a mission to help others unlock inner resourcefulness. To uncover superpowers - and turn the 'so what' into 'now what'!

You can find out more about Rebecca here: Rebecca Herbert

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