Changing Roles in Changing Times

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Thanks to Jesse Lyn Stoner for inviting me to post Change Your Story, Change Your Organization  to the Seapoint Center blog. It elaborates on five roles highlighted in the Berkana Institute’s Two Loops Model of Change.

Some reflections on the implications of these roles for journalists is on the Journalism That Matters site: Stories for Navigating the Waves of Change.


Two Loop Theory
Adapted from Berkana Institute’s Two Loops Theory of Change




2011 Nautilus Book Award Gold Medal Winner

I recently got the news that Engaging Emergence: Turning Upheaval into Opportunity won the gold Nautilus Book Award for Conscious Business/Leadership.

From their site:

The Nautilus Awards recognize books that promote spiritual growth, conscious living & positive social change,  while at the same time they stimulate the ‘imagination’ and offer the reader ‘new possibilities’ for a better life and a better world.”

They look for distinguished literary and heartfelt contributions to spiritual growth, conscious living, high-level wellness, green values, responsible leadership and positive social change.

Previous winners include Deepak Chopra, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Riane Eisler, Thich Nhat Hanh, Jean Houston, David Korten, Frances Moore Lappe’, Eckhart Tolle, Lynne Twist, Andrew Weil.

Nice company!


ENGAGING EMERGENCE Is Getting Around and You Can Get a 30% Discount

Engaging Emergence has been making its way into other blogs lately.

Monde from

My last entry  — The Challenge of Power – inspired Curtis Ogden to further the conversation on power and emergence, Power and Emergent Change « Interaction Institute for Social

And the Freisen Group post, Reading about Change, reflected on the pace of change.

My publisher, Berrett-Koehler, hosts blog of lists.  Here’s my entry: Don’t Hold On!

They featured the post in a recent BK Communiqué.  (A quick, amusing read.  I recommend it!)

In the process, they offered a 30% discount for Engaging Emergence through November 30th.

More, The Change Handbook chapters are available electronically via Fast Fundamentals for 99 cents each through the end of November.  Take advantage of the sale through the links below:

THE CHANGE HANDBOOK on Fast Fundamentals:

Opening Chapters

The Big Picture: Making Sense of More Than Sixty Methods

Selecting Change Methods: The Art of Mastery

Preparing to Mix and Match Change Methods

Creating Conditions for Sustainable Change

In-depth Chapters

Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Revolution in Change

Dynamic Planning and the Power of Charrettes

Collaborative Loops

Community Weaving

Dialogue and Deliberation Processes

Future Search: Common Ground Under Complex Conditions

Integrated Clarity: Energizing How We Talk and What We Talk About

Online Environments That Support Change

Open Space Technology

Participative Design Workshop

Using Playback Theatre to Create Empathy

The Rapid Results Method to Jump-Start Change

Scenario Thinking

Search Conference

The Six Sigma Approach to Improvement and Organizational Change

The Technology of Participation

Visual Recording and Graphic Facilitation: Helping People See What They Mean

Whole-Scale Change

The World Cafe

Thumbnail Chapters

Action Learning

Action Review Cycle and the After Action Review Meeting

Ancient Wisdom Council

Appreciative Inquiry Summit

Balanced Scorecard

Civic Engagement: Restoring Community through Empowering Conversation

Collaborative Work Systems Design

Community Summits

The Conference Model

Consensus Decision Making

Conversation Cafe

The Cycle of Resolution: Conversational Competence for Creating and Sustaining Shared Vision

The Drum Cafe: Building Wholeness One Beat at a Time

Dynamic Facilitation

Employee Engagement Process

The Practice of Empowerment: Changing Behavior and Developing Talent in Organizations

Gemeinsinn-Werkstatt: Project Framework for Community Spirit

The Genuine Contact Program

Human Systems Dynamics

Idealized Design

JazzLab: The Music of Synergy

Large Group Scenario Planning

Leadership Dojo

The Learning Map Approach

Evolutions of Open Systems Theory

OpenSpace-Online Real-Time Methodology

Organization Workshop

PeerSpirit Circling: Creating Change in the Spirit of Cooperation

Power of Imagination Studio: A Further Development of the Future

Real-Time Strategic Change

SimuReal: Action Learning in Hyperdrive

SOAR: A New Approach to Strategic Planning

Strategic Forum

Strategic Visioning: Bringing Insight to Action

Study Circles

Think Like a Genius: Realizing Human Potential Though the Purpose

The 21st Century Town Meeting: Engaging Citizen in Governance

Values Into Action

Visual Explorer

Web Lab’s Small Group Dialogues on the Internet Commons

The Whole Systems Approach: Using the Entire System to Change and Run the Business


Closing Chapters

From Chaos to Coherence: The Emergence of Inspired Organizations

High-Leverage Ideas and Actions You Can Use to Shape the Future

Hope for the Future: Working Together for a Better World


New Arrival

At long last, it is available.  I am delighted to say that Engaging Emergence: Turning Upheaval into Opportunity is now for sale from Amazon, Berrett-Koehler, Barnes and Noble, or through local bookstores.

I have a confession. I have an ambitious goal for the book: to meet today’s needs in the way The Fifth Discipline did 20 years ago.  And you can help make that happen.

You see, writing Engaging Emergence was a call I couldn’t ignore.  We face disruption in so many of our systems and people are looking for answers.  The book is my contribution to clarify what each of us inherently knows so we can not only successfully engage with disturbance but also grow that capacity in those we touch.

So, if the book moves you, buy a copy, give another to a friend.  And let others know about it.  In today’s connected world, there are many ways:

Send an email, blog about it, Tweet about it (#engagingemergence), mention it on Facebook, include it a newsletter.  You can link to it at or on Facebook at

Post a review on Amazon.  Scroll down to “Customer Reviews”, click on “Create Your Own Review” and jot down a few lines or make a short video.

Share book related event information.  I post upcoming workshops, webinars, and other places I’ll be talking about the book.  Join in and let others know.

Be old fashioned. Review the book in a local paper or an industry or other type of national publication.

Do the unexpected.  No doubt there are more ways to get the word out than I’ll come up with.  Be creative.  Do something fun and share the idea on the book’s Facebook page or in the comments at

Thank you for your support in helping Engaging Emergence make its contribution.

With love and gratitude


It’s a Book!

I held a copy of Engaging Emergence: Turning Upheaval into Opportunity for the first time today, Friday the 13th of August, at 11:16am.  The event was foreshadowed by an email forwarded by a friend telling her that would be shipping her copy earlier than anticipated.  So I knew the book would reach me soon.

With the product of more than a year’s work in my hands, I found myself saying over and over, “it’s a book”.  As with any birth, I sensed that my life was about to change.

At the same time, I was aware of something missing.  The readers.  And more than readers, the people who want to engage with the ideas in the book.  If my life changes, it is because of the response the book evokes.

And so, while I’ve reached a milestone, the next one looms large: the moment when others receive their copies, read them, and respond.



A “Conversation” on Open Space Technology

On Thursday, July 29th at 18:00 CET/9:00am Pacific/Noon Eastern, the hosts of the upcoming Organization Development World Summit 2010, happening in Budapest in August are sponsoring an online chat with me on Open Space Technology.

You’ll have a chance to watch a recorded 20 minute interview I did on Open Space: and post questions and comments in a chat space on the page.

I’m hosting a 1 and a half day pre-conference workshop in Budapest called Open Space Technology: Supporting Self-organization at the conference on August 21st and 22nd.

The online chat is an appetizer.

How Does the Chat Work?

The interview will be broadcast at: You just need a computer and  internet access to participate.

During the interview, you can post comments and questions  on the website.  I’ll respond to as many of the questions and comments as I can.  So come online and ask about what interests you!