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If You Till It, They Will Come

Webinar slides for If you Till It, They Will Come: Nurturing Collective Leadership on January 17, 2012

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If You Till It, They Will Come

  1. 1. If You Till It, They Will Come:Nurturing Collective LeadershipCURTIS OGDEN / GIBRAN RIVERA
  2. 2. When we get out of the glass bottles of our own ego, and when we escape like squirrels from turning in theEscape cages of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright but things will happen to us so that we dont know ourselves. Cool, unlying life will rush in, and passion will make our bodies taut with power, we shall stamp our feet with new power and old things will fall down, we shall laugh, and institutions will curl up like burnt paper. -D.H. LAW RENCE
  3. 3. IISC is a nonprofit organization that works forsocial justice and sustainability. We ignite the powerof collaboration by building leadership capacity,fostering connectivity, and facilitating concertedaction. IISC provides consulting, facilitation, networkbuilding, leadership development, and trainingservices so that our clients can innovate, thinkstrategically and take vision to
  4. 4. P H O T O : X I N E M
  5. 5. Why This?Why Now?
  6. 6. Increasing Complexity
  7. 7. ComplexityIt is less likely that a single individual will come upwith a single answer. It is necessary to tap thewisdom, intelligence, greater capacity of thecollective.
  8. 8. Networks
  9. 9. Distributed NetworksRather than having everyone in the same place andhaving everyone say something then and there, wecan create more distributed (small world reach)situations, where different leaders emerge overtime.
  10. 10. Systems vs. Individuals
  11. 11. Systems vs. IndividualsWe often approach systemic problems and try toresolve these as individuals. We need to think aboutwhat we can do engage more of the system toresolve complex issues. Otherwise we experiencethe futility of our narrow views and efforts.
  12. 12. What Brings You Here Today?
  14. 14. EpistemologyHolistic ways of knowing/being(mind, body, emotion)
  15. 15. CosmologyEvolutionary and living systems
  16. 16. OntologyHuman being and becoming (development)
  17. 17. Technology/Methodology“Gardening” – with intentionality creating theconditions for collective leadership to emerge, whilehumbly acknowledging that we cannot predicteverything that will ensue.
  18. 18. Tilling the Soil
  19. 19. Organizing Ourselves
  20. 20. PurposeDirection Desire
  21. 21. People
  22. 22. Stakeholder Analysis
  23. 23. Identifying StakeholdersWho is responsible for key decisions?Who might block what we are trying to do?Who has relevant expertise or information?Who are the implementers of key decisions?Who will be affected by what we are trying to do?Who will need to be informed about our outcomes?
  24. 24. Invitation
  25. 25. P H O T O : C H R I S I N P L Y M O U T H
  26. 26. High Threshold InvitationInvitation is the call to create an alternative future.What is the invitation we can make to supportpeople to participate and own the relationships,tasks, and process that lead to success? Bespecific and provide some hurdles. – Peter Block“I want you to leave your interests at the door. Because we’re notsolving a problem, you don’t have to represent your constituency; youjust have to show up and make contact.”
  27. 27. Narrative
  28. 28. Shared Leadership
  29. 29. Leadership Roles
  30. 30. Imaging
  31. 31. ImagingHow do living systems actually work?What do they look like when they are thriving?What would this system look like if it were thriving?“For all of those aspects of life that this community needs in order tosustain itself and thrive, how do we re-build resilience.”– The Transition Handbook
  32. 32. Storytelling
  33. 33. Storytelling– Active listening– Public narrative (Marshall Ganz)– Rich Pictures - pictorial storytelling (Peter Checkland)
  34. 34. Platforms
  35. 35. Group Processes
  36. 36. “Social Technologies”
  37. 37. Social Media
  38. 38. “Governance”
  39. 39. Design Principles Adaptability Emergence Contribution Resiliency Diversity
  40. 40. Sociocracy
  41. 41. Resources Connect on Twitter: @GibranX and @curtisogden Fritjof Capra - The Hidden Connections Carol Sanford’s blog John Hagel’s blog Peter Block - Community: The Structure of Belonging (Rich Picture) Berkana Institute - “The Art of Hosting” (social technology) Clay Shirky - Here Comes Everybody (social media) (Dynamic Governance)