Our process

I’ve been a manager in the not-for-profit sector for over twenty years now. In that time I’ve completed an MBA and read various books on leadership and management, but what has helped me the most has been conversations with others working in this field. When we started creating this resource (that was originally intended to be a book, but evolved into this website) I wanted to find a way to capture some of that conversational richness, which is why each article began with an interview and group discussion on zoom.

We used an ORID framework for our discussions. ORID is a facilitation framework developed by the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) in Canada that guides discussions through four phases:
Objective: what we can see, hear, touch, quantify, the facts.
Reflective: what we feel about our topic, stories about our experiences, parallels we might draw.
Interpretative: what is important, implications, priorities.
Decisional: what actions are we going to take? In our case, what gets included or developed in the article.

I was introduced to the ORID framework by Marie Houzeau, Executive Director of GRIS Montréal at a workshop on meeting facilitation. I have found it to be an incredibly useful tool for discussions of all kinds as it guides participants on a journey through what they know, to how they feel, to what is important, to what to do next.

In the process to create this resource, 14 women took part in different ORID conversations between November 2020 and February 2024. Most of them have already written articles and some will be contributing to this resource at a later date. Through the conversations we had, each author was able to organize her own thoughts and reflections. She was also able to find out what resonated with others in the group, what was interesting, what was encouraging, what sparked reflection and what needed developing. It is important to note the final articles are based on the personal experiences and thoughts of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and positions of the organizations, groups or other entities with which the authors are associated.

I hope we will be able to have more of these conversations in the future. There is so much rich knowledge and experience out there that deserves to be shared.

Sally Richmond
Executive Director