Agile, Lean, and Cooperative: the Key Innovation

One practice allow some organizations to learn and respond creatively when others do not.  In turbulent times, this is the difference between prosperity and dissolution.  This practice is a feature of the current wave of lean, agile and cooperative business; I believe it is the future if we have one. Read the rest of this entry »

Peer Mentoring and Body-Centered Transformation

Peer Mentoring is easy.  Not only can anyone do it, but everyone already does.  The issue, of course, is whether we do it well.

Somebody asked me whether it is ethical to coach people when you have only a few hours of training under your belt.  I don’t think it’s ethical to lie about how much training you have, but I think the question misses the point.  Read the rest of this entry »

Happy New Year’s Eve!

What do you want for yourself in 2011?  I give all my new life coaching clients a worksheet to help them begin creating the life they want…  and every year since I completed my apprenticeship with Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks I have used the same worksheet for myself on New Year’s Eve.  I can’t blame all the good things in my life on this annual activity, but research shows that people who write down their goals are more likely to achieve them… and more likely to be happy even where they have not achieved their goals!  Read the rest of this entry »

The Nature of Evil

What is the nature of evil?  I find the question fascinating, but I rarely hear conversations about it among my friends.  “Those people” — the fundamentalists — talk about evil.  The subject is unfashionable among relativists.  One does not reject it, one gently neglects it, as one avoids an overly religious uncle who proselytizes at family gatherings.  The question of evil came up a few years ago in my social circle when one of my friends began telling me what rubbish are J.R.R. Tolkien’s collected works. Read the rest of this entry »

Which future?

An Overview and Resources on Scenario Planning and The Great Transition

by Martin Grimshaw – SEED Co-op, DecisionLab and Time Machine

See also an earlier blog piece by Nathaniel Whitestone entitled ‘The Great Transition’

I wanted to pull together some useful links to articles and documents related to Scenario Planning and The Great Transition. I hope you find this useful as a starting point for finding out more about these topics. The Great Transition has influenced many including the Transition Towns movement and New Economics Foundation (NEF), and is a cornerstone of the SEED Co-op and DecisionLab vision that we are working to manifest. Read the rest of this entry »

FacilitationCamp: how was it? IAF Article

An edited version of this article appeared in the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) Europe October 2010 Newsletter. To refer to the event details, follow up and full links, go here

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FacilitationCamp London, August 2010 – How Was it?

This summer saw the first ever FacilitationCamp; while there have probably been plenty of gatherings for facilitators over the years, this is an attempt at following the highly successful BarCamp model, a phenomenon which has spread around the world in a few years, based on the Open Space Technology and ‘Un-conference’ style. With the movement having inspired several offshoots such as EcoCamp, PresentationCamp and CrisisCamp – a new international wiki based platform for collaboration between IT geeks, volunteers and international disaster relief efforts following earthquakes, floods and so on – a few imaginators in Britain decided to host a space devoted to bringing together a diverse range of participants from very different fields and interests, to share and learn together.
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Make this choice from gut, heart and head.

Not being committed to something is the same as being committed to its absence or decay.  Not committed to a relationship with a lover? Watch it go away.  Not committed to taking care of your house? Car? Money? Garden? Business?

If you are not committed to taking care of something (or someone) do us all a favor and let go.  Find someone who’ll love it as passionately as he, she, or it deserves.  Or face the choice you have before you — to love or let go — and make it differently.

Choose with your gut, heart, and head.  All other roads lead to suffering.

The Great Transition

People have written a lot about great transitions.   I first posted this on Umair Haque’s Ning site in answer to his question, “What are your top three, four five [essential characteristics of 21st century capitalism]? What is the shape of next-gen capitalism? What’s really different about it?”  It is essentially a restatement of a claim I’ve been making for years — but I am hardly the first!  The DecisionLab blog will probably end up with a few more posts like this from various points of view…

We are in a transition from capitalism to congenialism or convivialism (world hasn’t settled on a name yet). The reason this will be “post-capitalist” is because the key variable will no longer be “do you have the physical means of production?” but “how well can you collaborate with your value-producing community/network?”
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Sociocratic co-operative? How does that work?

To our knowledge, we’re the first people on the planet who have attempted to actually set up and run our organisation as a sociocratic co-operative. This has some tremendous advantages. It’s pretty exciting feeling as though we are breaking new ground, and pioneering a way of working that has tremendous potential. On the downside, a lot of people (including ourselves, on occasion!) don’t know what on earth a sociocratic co-operative is.
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To profit or not to profit or Is it OK for us to make money?

Here at Decision Lab Towers, the thorny question of whether we want to be a profit-making company is one that has consumed a great deal of brainpower. On the one hand, our motivation stems from a genuine desire to play our respective parts in building a world of thriving communities. This seems a far cry from the ethic of many profit-making companies. Indeed, community and financial gain can sometimes appear to be directly opposed to one another.
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