OCAD University Open Research Repository

SOU SOU: Supporting transitions through ritual, friendship and play

Hsu, Cheryl, Peter, Kimberley, Pacini, Adrienne and Schaus, Michael (2022) SOU SOU: Supporting transitions through ritual, friendship and play. In: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design, RSD11, 3-16 Oct 2022, Brighton, United Kingdom.

Hsu_SOUSOU_Paper_2022.pdf - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

Download (141kB) | Preview
Official URL: https://rsdsymposium.org/


This work aims to act as a case study for how we might establish different conventions in how colleagues and communities of practice convene to make progress on large-scale transformation or systems change initiatives. We propose a small, intentional, relational unit with the core elements of commitment over time, thematic cycles, events led by contributors taking turns within a given cycle, a safe place to lead and participate in different practices, opportunities to experience and learn together, and ritual as a wrapper around it all. In this case study, we share a path using the construct of a “Sou Sou”–a group savings club–over several yearly cycles in which the value contributed has been both literal and metaphoric currency toward a shared pool of practice and the pleasure of growing friendships that enrich the lives and competencies of the contributors.

The authors believe others leading change initiatives or working through transitions themselves might find inspiration in a ritual-based approach that amplifies the skills of the contributors while also providing an ongoing platform for creativity and fun. This presentation is about how we might support ourselves and others in transitions through ritual, friendship, and play, where relationships are the essential element in any system change, and the pleasure they provide in sustaining energy for ongoing transitions.

Item Type: Conference/Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: sou-sou, ritual, friendship, play, practice, social infrastructure, transitions, systems change
Divisions: Faculty of Design
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2024 13:20
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2024 13:20
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/4274

Actions (login required)

Edit View Edit View