Such a simple question, four small words that get at the core of our community change work. It's not a question confined to a step in a visioning or planning process. It's place is within us, no matter where we are going or if we are standing still. It's not just a question about purpose … Continue reading Why are we here?
At the Cities Reducing Poverty: When Mayor's Lead gathering that Tamarack's Vibrant Communities hosted in Edmonton April 5 to 7, one of my many roles and privileges was to be an MC at a reception at City Hall for summit participants. At this event, the trio Asani performed their version of our national anthem … Continue reading The Music of Collaboration
I sit on the Mayor of Edmonton’s Task Force to End Poverty. It’s a diverse group including the expected mix of leaders from government, business, education and community services. At a recent gathering we were working together to increase common understanding about poverty as well as to move forward with identifying strategies. In this session … Continue reading Together, Differently
Reprinted from our e-newsletter - see back issues and sign up HERE What is a Generative Conversation? A generative conversation is basically a dialogue among people interested in learning and exchanging ideas about a topic they have agreed to talk about. More specifically, dialogue is: “shared exploration towards greater understanding, connection, or possibility” (Co-Intelligence Institute). … Continue reading More About Generative Conversations
We all know collaboration is at the heart of making positive change in society. We know this primarily because we tell one another it must be true. We tell ourselves that the range and depth of change needed to improve our communities can only be accomplished by working together. We deploy maxims like “no one … Continue reading ON COLLABORATION
Often we struggle talking to one another because our thoughts and ideas are positioned as separate from, if not against, the thoughts and ideas of others. Dialogue is a practice developed by David Bohm and others that focuses on the “shared exploration towards greater understanding, connection, or possibility.” Suggested guidelines for dialogue are: We talk … Continue reading MORE ABOUT DIALOGUE
No doubt you have heard the expression "culture eats strategy for breakfast" or something similar. And basically it's true. You can have the best, well crafted strategy but it will only be effective if the culture of the organization can and will support its implementation. Culture is not usually identified as something we explicitly craft … Continue reading Culture as Strategy