You know how it is when you are so busy that you don’t have time to even think about your blog much less compose an erudite post about everything you are learning?
That’s me right now. But here’s a bit of what I have been doing and some things I’m thinking about:
- Deepening our work with the Vancouver Island Aboriginal Transition Team including a board strategic planning retreat this weekend where we have asked board members to bring one or two people that support them in their work to contribute to the wisdom in the room. How cool a design is that?
- Working with 60 leaders from across the spectrum in Columbus Ohio where we witnessed the emergence of the “fifth organizational paradigm,” which is a fancy way of saying that we put hierarchy, circle, bureaucracy and network to work to begin a process of making Columbus a leader as a learning city. I have much more to write about that, with a paper in the works, actually.
- Cracking open the question of the “art of governance” within this new model and creating some inquires with CEOs around how to do that.
- Teaching, training and practising the art of hosting in many guises. My work this month is almost entirely in a teaching context.
- Changing my practice of “consultation” with community based on what I am learning with VIATT and other work.
- Working deeply with the art of harvesting, including collaborating with Monica Nissen and Silas Lusias on a new workbook with our thinking in it, soon to be available.
All of this is rich and fresh and finding the time to sit and reflect is hard. But if these inquiries interest you, drop a comment in the box and let’s get started on the conversations. What questions are alive for you with respect to the above?
As always, I wait to hear more from you.
P.S You blog rocks.
You wrote… “Changing my practice of “consultation” with community based on what I am learning with VIATT and other work…”
Chris, I’d love to hear A LOT MORE on this.
A few colleagues and I are looking to find and adopt new business/financial models to replace the “consultant” model with all its limits and barriers to co-generation and emergent participation.I know that sounds harsh but there seems to be so many “negatives” to the consultant business structure.
Anyways….please more on your thoughts and experiences
Hi Ray…it’s more about the consultation in the sense helping organizations to consult with communities, the engagement part of public service for example. However what I am thinking about also applies to the consulting world writ large I think. The basic thinking is this…egage in relationship based on the following:
And more later…
I agree…there is crossover to the so called consulting model.
New thinking and practices to weave a deeper experience.
I look forward to hearing more.
Hi Chris, can we hear more on the workbook around Harvesting? I was with Amy Lenzo – from the World CafÃ© community – in the first World CafÃ© Europe gathering in Dresden, and we did a lot of blogging. She is one of these passionate harvesters too! You can read it here: http://conversationsthatmatter.typepad.com/worldcafe_europe/ .
I couldn’t understand some parts of this article , but I guess I just need to check some more resources regarding this, because it sounds interesting.
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