The Music of Collaboration

  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 anthemContinue reading “The Music of Collaboration”

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Together, Differently

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 sessionContinue reading “Together, Differently”

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More About Generative Conversations

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”

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ON COLLABORATION

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 oneContinue reading “ON COLLABORATION”

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MORE ABOUT DIALOGUE

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 talkContinue reading “MORE ABOUT DIALOGUE”

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Culture as Strategy

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 craftContinue reading “Culture as Strategy”

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Collective Wisdom and Group Dynamics

I think most of us would agree that group think can cover more ground and depth than me-think. More bright minds addressing an issue or forging an innovation make more sense than Mister I-Know-Best going it alone. All of us have likely been a member of a magical group, a group that just clicked andContinue reading “Collective Wisdom and Group Dynamics”

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