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How to Become a Creative Force in a Dark Time

  “How do we believe in the way we live if it doesn’t seem to be working? Here’s a theory: Maybe we could stop pretending that we know how to fix it. I know for me, that might bring some peace of mind.” — Ian Brown, feature writer at the UK’s Globe and Mail If…

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Creating Healthy Society with Dialogue

One of the biggest lessons we learned in 2018 is about the importance of the “space between us”: the relational space where we find each other, make peace, challenge together the codes that shape our behavior, and shape our shared realities together. Both of our major projects this year have focused on “unlocking the space…

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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”…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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