Recording of Upside Down Thinking Webinar

On January 22, I was part of a Tamarack Institute webinar with my friend and colleague, Elayne Greeley. Our topic was Working in Complexity, a Case for Upside Down Thinking. I have been doing a lot of thinking about thinking and in particular about how to create cognitive tools we can use to help community practitionersContinue reading “Recording of Upside Down Thinking Webinar”

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Reflecting on Tamarack’s 2013 Communities Collaborating Institute

How does one feel exhausted and energized at the same time? Well, attend a Tamarack CCI and you will understand that sentiment! Accelerating Impact was this year’s theme and rally cry, and it prompted some excellent conversation at the Learning Pod I facilitated. When asked what accelerating impact meant to him, one of our podContinue reading “Reflecting on Tamarack’s 2013 Communities Collaborating Institute”

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Reflections on Tamarack’s Gathering in Kitchener

It’s late afternoon in Kitchener Ontario where I am attending the Tamarack Communities Collaborating Institute (Tamarack CCI). In less than two days, I have had my mind challenged by the thinking and experience of Tim Brodhead (former CEO of the McConnell Foundation), Paul Schmitz (advisor to President Obama), and Meg Wheatley (author and teacher). IContinue reading “Reflections on Tamarack’s Gathering in Kitchener”

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Idea Dancing & Pebbles from Heaven:

Reflections on Tamarack’s 2010 CCI Conference This article is published in the current edition of Engage. Lots of good stuff there. I assess the success of a conference in terms of how it challenges my ideas and practices; fosters the exchange of questions and perspectives; and, as John Ott would say, “welcomes all that arises.”Continue reading “Idea Dancing & Pebbles from Heaven:”

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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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Tamarack Conference, Day Two

I am tired so this will be brief. Very impressed with the morning speaker, John Ott, one of the authors of the Power of Collective Wisdom. Attendees received a free copy of the book, so I am looking forward to the read. A few key learnings from the session: We cannot create wisdom but weContinue reading “Tamarack Conference, Day Two”

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Tamarack Conference – Day One

I am enjoying the  Tamarack 2010 Communities Collaborating Institute (CCI2010). Paul Born, president and co-founder of Tamarack,  opened the conference with the Stone Soup story, a children’s story that teaches the value of cooperation and collaboration amongst community members, the importance of leadership and ingenuity, not to mention the power of story telling. Our workshop guideContinue reading “Tamarack Conference – Day One”

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Stand By Me

This video was played at Tamarack’s 2010 Communities Collaborating Institute (CCI2010) and if you haven’t seen it, please do. Musicians all over the world who never met collaborating on this old, timeless, and inspirational piece of music. http://playingforchange.com – From the award-winning documentary, “Playing For Change: Peace Through Music”, comes the first of many “songsContinue reading “Stand By Me”

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