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  • DELIBERATE DEVELOPMENT

    Love and the DDO

    November 7, 2017

    My attention has been diverted from blogging lately by the new book I’m writing—a draft of which is now finished, and the proposal for which is now with my agent. I’ll be blogging...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • ADULT DEVELOPMENT

    Taking our time

    November 6, 2017

    There are clients who ask if we can teach the main ideas of adult development or complexity theories in an hour.  There are sometimes participants in our leadership programs who complain...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • ACTION LEARNING

    Experimenting about experimenting

    November 1, 2017

    How might we experiment and learn about the processes and teaching of experimenting and learning? In the work we do with leaders dealing with complexity we put a lot of emphasis on...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • CHANGE

    Bringing together the art and science of teamwork

    October 26, 2017

    We have recently discovered a company—Accompany.io—trying to bring the best of technology-driven support to the very human work of creating and sustaining great teams. In my...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • COMPLEXITY

    China syndrome

    October 15, 2017

    Meet Principal Zhou who runs a public elementary school in China.  He is proud and delighted at the start-of-the-art facilities he has created: multi-story extensions, a rubberized...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • COMPLEXITY

    Tough Guys Don’t Come Seventh

    August 13, 2017

    I was thinking about jingoism while enjoying a sparkling performance of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony last night.  It rather muddied the delight. Before the concert began I had been...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • COMPLEXITY

    Moses parted the Red Sea; Trump might be drowning in a swamp

    August 6, 2017

    Once upon a time, in a city of sparkling towers by the sea, there lived a property developer prone to ambitious schemes, certainty about his own rightness, overweening arrogance and a...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • COMPLEXITY

    Both Jane and Tarzan

    August 2, 2017

    This is a tale of one city, one movie, and two books.  Between the two books we find a central polarity of governing and urban planning.  Let’s call it the polarity of Jane and...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • COMPLEXITY

    Why we write—and read—books

    July 16, 2017

    There are some times when it seems that writing a book is a futile endeavor. Like when people ask me for a one page summary because they really don’t have time for books. In fact, three...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • BELIEFS

    Doing democracy rather than having it

    July 14, 2017

    One of the maxims taught to young journalists is that all news is local.  It is also most powerful when it is personal. Liu Xiaobo died yesterday in captivity.  The...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • CHANGE

    In a deluge of data look for surprises, not confirmation

    May 28, 2017

    By Jennifer and Wendy (This was also published on the Re:work Google blog) Have you ever tried to find a clear pathway but ended up drowning in data that seem to make everything...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • COMPLEXITY

    Dans mons regne, le deluge

    May 18, 2017

    “Après moi le deluge” is a commonly cited French expression attributed to French King Louis XV or his mistress Madame de Pompadour.  It can mean, “after I am dead, I don’t care...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • CHANGE

    Preserving a pole

    April 11, 2017

      I went to an unusual 30th birthday party earlier this month and it has made me think a lot about the distinctions we teach about between problems and polarities and how to think...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • ADULT DEVELOPMENT

    Women's Ways of Knowing

    March 14, 2017

    On February 26th, the Academy awarded the prestigious Best Actor prize to Casey Affleck, a man who has recently been publicly accused of sexual harassment. Mel Gibson, whose reputation in...

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    By Carolyn Coughlin

  • WHOLE SELF

    Living fully, if too briefly

    February 22, 2017

    Our friend and colleague Tim Pidsley died this weekend in his home in Christchurch. Last week Tim went on the grueling and beautiful BDO Wellington to Auckland cycle challenge. He seems...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

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