Frederic LaLoux’s Reinventing Organizations – Book Review

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer How do we create changes in behavior across a distributed organization with many people and many moving parts?  There are as many organizational development consultants as there are people asking this question—and then there is LaLoux’s recent book “Reinventing Organizations”…

Read More

Why I Left My Dream Job

Between 2007 and 2014, I apprenticed to a man who helped South Africa transition out of apartheid, Colombia find the road to peace, and an alliance of North and South American countries change the war on drugs. He works in the background, well out of the public eye, facilitating high stakes dialogues. As his apprentice,…

Read More

What is “Social Creativity?”

“I need to be able to read the room and know exactly what they should do next. I need to be able to depart from the plan with 100% confidence and intuit accurately where to go.”  That’s a super smart social entrepreneur with ten successful years behind her, telling us about her challenges when facilitating…

Read More

Beyond Technique — CREATIVITY Will Save the World

I went to at least three different universities and conservatories in different places around the world to study music, and have had continuous music teachers in both violin and classical singing since I was about eight (roughly 40 years ago). At all those music schools, the main focus was on learning the craft and technique…

Read More

How to Create the Social Sculpture

Deep in the fabric of every real social problem is an invisible root cause that no leader can control and for which there is no solution: the human being. Most leaders and change methodologies focus on “systems” — food systems, energy systems, financial systems. They want to change the way the system works so that…

Read More

Freedom, Peace, and Violence

“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”  — Goethe   When the shooting in San Bernardino occurred last week (December 2015), and then a later learned the shooters were “Islamic terrorists,” I felt a new surge of disbelief: fourteen years after 9/11, we’re still buying the same old line? We…

Read More

The World is a Sculpture

The world is, more and more, changing into something else—and, for better or worse, human beings are the ones changing it. The daily choices of seven billion people (and more on the way) are changing oceans and atmosphere, shaping our global and national financial, infrastructure, & governance systems, deciding between war and peace.  The world is our sculpture…

Read More

Teaching Creativity to Social Innovators

Getting to Maybe is a “social innovation residency” named after the book of the same title by Frances Westley, Brenda Zimmerman, and Michael Patton.  The programs occur in summer at the beautiful Banff Centre, in and among pristine lakes and snowy mountains. Westley invited us to teach participants about creativity, and given the setting, we…

Read More

Supporting Democracy Scenarios in South America

In 2014 we mediated a conversation between two facilitators who were experiencing intense pressure during a year long scenario project with top leaders to envision the future of democracy in South America.  The team had reached a possible breaking point; relations were precarious and the team members were unsure if they could continue to work…

Read More

Helping Society Embrace People with Intellectual Disabilities in Canada

When’s the last time you saw someone with intellectual disabilities in a public place?  And what was your first reaction?  Many people view these folks with fear or even revulsion.  Which is a shame, because they add a rare power of love, meaning, and richness to their families and communities. We’ve been supporting a handful…

Read More