Category Archives for Design

The simple rules for working with complexity

I’ve been using the Cynefin framework for many years now.  For me, I think I’ve internalized it through practice and it becomes second nature to not only talk about and teach from it but to use the way it was … Continue reading

20. June 2014 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Design, Facilitation, Learning, Practice | 2 comments

An intro to the Art of Hosting and some mapping

  Back in November Janaia Donaldson from Peak Moment TV interviewed Dave Pollard and I about the Art of Hosting, especially as it applies to transition towns, resilience and community leadership.  That video was released today along with a lovely … Continue reading

08. April 2014 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Art of Hosting, Community, Conversation, Design, Facilitation, Leadership | Comments Off

Tim Merry’s recent thinking on collaboration

Tim Merry‘s work on collaborative advantage: My friend and colleague Tim Merry is sharing some of his most recent thinking on project design and development here in Columbus at the Art of Hosting Beyond the Basics retreat we are doing. … Continue reading

05. April 2014 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Art of Hosting, Collaboration, Design, Invitation, Learning, Organization | Comments Off

Building core teams

Amanda Fenton provides a very useful reference that helps underscore the reasons why core teams are important. It turns out that having 10%of a population deeply committed to an idea will significantly contribute to that idea being widely adopted by … Continue reading

28. March 2014 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Design, Facilitation, Invitation | 1 comment

Creating a mindset to work with failure

Innovation does not come without discarding ideas, trying and failing.  In complex systems with complex challenges, failure is inevitable and desired.  If we need to prototype to sense our way forward we have to have a mindset that can handle … Continue reading

11. March 2014 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Appreciative Inquiry, Art of Hosting, Collaboration, Community, Design, Facilitation, First Nations, Improv, Leadership, Learning | 2 comments

Capacity, engagement and authentic learning

I think there is probably nothing new under the sun.  Engagement work has been tried, refined and improved all over the world in the last couple of decades that I wonder if there is anything new we can learn?  It … Continue reading

24. January 2014 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Art of Harvesting, Art of Hosting, Community, Conversation, Design, Facilitation, Invitation | 2 comments

Designing with introverts in mind

  A long time ago I was an introverted person and over the years that has completely changed.  If you know me, you’ll know I love talking to others, being around people and engaging in meaningful social interaction.  I still … Continue reading

25. November 2013 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Art of Hosting, Conversation, Design, Facilitation, Learning | 9 comments

Just doing it

    I’m coming back from Hahopa with simplicity ringing in my ears.  I think the mantra is “put something in your hands.” At Hahopa we cooked together, wove cedar together, trained with swords together, played lahal and sang songs. … Continue reading

21. October 2013 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Being, Collaboration, Design, Facilitation | Comments Off

Liberating Structures

Henri Lipmanowicz and Keith McCandless put together their brilliant collection of participatory methodologies called “liberating structures” a few years ago.  I had occasion to visit their website this week and notice that it is even more brilliant than before, containing … Continue reading

30. September 2013 by Chris Corrigan
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Peggy Holman on Designing for Community

My friend Peggy Holman is about to write a short series of posts on how to manage the tension between hearing from luminaries and hosting participation in gatherings that aim to: Make the most of the knowledge and experience of … Continue reading

02. June 2013 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Art of Hosting, Community, Conversation, Design, Facilitation | 2 comments

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