In 2015, when we launched our online codevelopment platform, the concept sparked a lot of debate. Was it possible to do remote codevelopment? Wouldn’t the very fact of the distance distort the very basis of co-development, always carried out face to face until now?
At first, to fill the theoretical void around the subject, we chose not to talk about co-development but about practices that were “inspired” by it. Then we crossed paths with Claude Champagne, who in his blunt style asked us: “but why don’t you call it codevelopment”? We replied that following an outcry on our remote co-development initiative, we preferred to focus on the impact that this allowed on the legitimacy that the “name” could give us.
Today, after 5 years of practice and reflection (and more than 3,000 sessions with companies, individuals, and even students), we are happy to see that the urgency of the pandemic has enabled those who still doubted, to see that online codevelopment is codevelopment.
"Reconnaissance et valorisation pour tous les animateurs présentiel
qui ont sauté le pas du distanciel"
Some codevelopment practitioners in France and internationally who have opposed distancing, are now revisiting these convictions. This is a real recognition and appreciation for all face-to-face facilitators who have for a few years taken the step of distancing themselves to expand their offer, with ViTi-Coaching, Allo Codev, or others.
This situation brings the community of codevelopers together around a divisive debate. When those who opposed it now publicly affirm that remote co-development works and that it is possible, it gives legitimacy to those who have long practiced and questioned themselves in order to adapt face-to-face to distance-based.
Because indeed, it is not enough to “model” it on the face-to-face. It values and gives legitimacy to those who hear themselves say within their company: “you can do codevelopment from a distance, but don’t use the term …”
Remote codevelopment indeed requires real training for those who already run it face-to-face; to :
- develop sensitivity and intuition from a distance
support everyone in the face of digital
- learn to open up to others without seeing each other, without touching each other, without sharing a coffee and a few treats beforehand
- create trust, authenticity and openness without the springs of face-to-face
- preserve everyone whose remote susceptibility may be more weakened
- deploy the power of the method on the basis of intuitions, para-verbal and the quality of exchange and openness in the group
"Delicately adapt the animation to each audience"
For us in 5 years, a lot has changed. We have upgraded our initial PeerCoaching platform to a V2 SquareMeeting (2017), adapting it after two years of use, to the needs of facilitators. Also extending its uses to any format of remote collective intelligence animation.
We have developed our expertise and our knowledge of the subject, making it available to those who wish to be trained in it. We have seen our network of ViTi partners expand and enrich our approaches and practices through their uses and comments. We have broadened our range of experiments and can now affirm that remote codevelopment has no borders and finds its place in multiple contexts, on condition that the animation is carefully adapted to each audience.
Finally, we have seen how much the tools we have developed are used for animation and allow animators to rely on an intelligent support to fully focus on the group and its animation.
Also, I take this article to thank all those who trust us and contribute in the spirit of codevelopment to enrich these approaches, the partners of ViTi who have been practicing for years, continue to train, to be supervised, to question themselves. and generously put their talent at the service of those who need it most in this complicated period.
Any remote codevelopment facilitator is first and foremost a face-to-face codevelopment facilitator … who has been trained in remote facilitation to enable the power of this method with the scent of maple syrup to be deployed to dispersed groups, in “Face-to-face-distance”, unknown at start-up, internationally, … complete the list!
I also take this opportunity to share my conviction that remote codevelopment (in addition to allowing dispersed groups to exist) opens up a new field of experiments and practices. The richness of multi-culturalism found there, but also the exploration of intuitions, para-verbal, other forms of self-expression and the creation of new uses in digital, including that of forming a community without always meet, are all new paths to take, explore, … and savor.