Archive for the ‘Living Systems & Complexity’ Category


An Invitation to Thrive

Posted by  GeoffBrown —May 29, 2012
Filed in Leadership, Living Systems & Complexity, Yes!And Improv

At it’s heart, the Thriving in Uncertainty Conference is a collaboration between Melbourne Playback Theatre & an international community known as AIN (Applied Improvisational Network) – the first regional conference to be staged in Australia. Our hosts and diverse array of presenters will be sharing their vast knowledge and experience sothat you can explore the power and transformative nature of improvisational approaches. It’s a two-day conference to inspire, educate and enthuse – in your workplace and community. When – Thrs 12 & Fri 13 July, 2012 Where – Amora Hotel Riverwalk, Melbourne AUSTRALIA 649 Bridge Road, Richmond, VIC 3121 The premise of Thriving in …

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Graphic Harvest – from chat to dialogue

Last week I was part of a learning conversation with practitioners, policy makers and researchers, all interested in diving deep into the complexity of behaviour change. We started by helping each other out with current problems, challenges and questions about our work – this was highly practical stuff and focused mainly on principles and practices. At the end of the conversation we created a map of the group’s current thinking about behaviour change in practice. I felt we were able to go beyond ‘talking’ and enter the realm if Dialogue … we were thinking together. Here’s the map I drew …

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Creating the Conditions for Emergence

Posted by  GeoffBrown —August 1, 2011
Filed in Facilitation, Living Systems & Complexity, Space, Sustainability

“As Bloom once told a reporter: “We were looking for exceptional kids and what we found were exceptional conditions”. […] The “exceptional conditions” we found can be summarized under the headings of opportunity to learn, authentic tasks, and exceptionally supportive social contexts.” ~ Lauren Sosniak, p289. I found this quote here in Doing What Works in Solutions Focussed Change and it got me thinking about my work, parenting and change. In my last post, What are you a student of right now?, I shared this little word-graphic on the fields and practices that shape my learning … As parents we …

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Divergent ideas form a Convergent whole

My last post described a game called Werewolf that I hosted for a group of people who, collectively, comprise an organisation. I worked with this team of people for 2 days. Day 1 was playful and Day 2 allowed the group to reflect on it’s own purpose and principles of working together. Here are a set of resources that informed my processes and some of the thinking skills I brought to the group. On Day 1 we played applied Improv games and learnt through a process of immersion in direct experience Direct References – these ideas were shared directly with …

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