The Mobius Model

The Mobius Model is a guide for developing effective relationships in groups, teams, organizations and communities. The practice associated with the model was developed by William Stockton, PhD and Marjorie Herdes and has been tested, taught and applied nationally and internationally since 1980. The Mobius Model focuses on the development of relationships rather than individuals. It identifies the characteristics of collaborative relationships and outlines the stages in which those relationships develop:

Mobius Model

  • Mutual Understanding: understanding each other
  • Possibility: recognizing common ground
  • Commitment: choosing goals and values
  • Capability: deciding strategy, resources and skills
  • Responsibility: implementing who, what and when
  • Acknowledgment: assessing what is now present or missing

Mobius Model Instrument

The Mobius Model Instrument (MMI) was developed by William Stockton, PhD, Joyce Stockton, PhD, Larry Demarest, PhD and Marjorie Herdes. It derives from the Mobius Model in that it assesses the six qualities of relationship as defined by the Model. The purpose of the instrument is to help groups identify areas of strengths and developmental needs.

The "Group & Individual Report" received by each member provides composite views of the whole group while individual results remain private. Each person has the opportunity to share what they choose from their individual perspectives before the group decides on priorities for group development.

The Mobius Model Instrument is based on the belief that members themselves can best assess the group and take action to improve it. Data from the instrument provide the initial content for reaching mutual understanding of member viewpoints, the critical first step in collaborative dialogue. As licensed MMI facilitators we ensure that the dialogue results in a shared vision, clear commitments and agreement to action steps.

Large Group Methodologies

Open Space Technology

Open Space Technology was developed by Harrison Owen for facilitating large organizational gatherings. It is effective when a sizeable group of people need to deal with complicated and potentially controversial issues within a short timeframe. Participants themselves develop the agenda on site, lead and facilitate sessions and write up summary reports. Consequently, participants are engaged through taking ownership, the topics addressed are relevant and a comprehensive written record is available by the end of the conference.

World Café

Co-developed by Juanita Brown and David Isaacs, World Café offers a way to connect many dialogues into a larger conversation. Participants interact around "questions that matter" at small café tables. At intervals, people move between tables bringing insights from their past exchanges into their new conversations. Collective themes and emergent possibilities are then identified as a whole group. World Café provides a macrocosmic perspective as numerous individual stories and viewpoints are woven together.

Back to Facilitation