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Eco Cycle of Change

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Presentation on the Eco Cycle of Change at the Head Start Action Learning Project Pre-Retreat, Session, May 24, 2011

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Eco Cycle of Change

  1. 1. Headstart Action-Learning Project Pre-Retreat Session March 24, 2011 Mark Cabaj
  2. 2. The birth, growth, destruction and renewal of a forest Exploitation Conservation Creative Destruction Renewal
  3. 3. From Lifecycle to Ecocycle <ul><li>The Performance Loop </li></ul><ul><li>The Renewal Loop </li></ul>Source: http://www.plexusinstitute.org/edgeware/archive/think/main_aides9.html
  4. 4. BIRTH GROWTH MATURITY
  5. 5. BIRTH GROWTH MATURITY EXPLORATION RELEASE DEVELOPMENTAL CONSERVATION
  6. 6. <ul><li>The Innovators Dilemma </li></ul><ul><li>Whether/how to “let go” of the current approach without being precisely clear about the substance, strengths and weaknesses of the “new and emerging” approach . </li></ul><ul><li>The Renewal Paradox </li></ul><ul><li>It is often easier to await the manifest failure of the existing patterns and approaches before beginning the renewal process - even though it may mean the eventual renewal process is more fragile and less robust. </li></ul>
  7. 7. choice sustain & grow MATURITY & CONSERVATION EXPLORATION RELEASE DEVELOPMENT crisis reconnect manage new thinking confusion develop & adapt birth New Ideas: Creative * Messy * Uncertain* First hand insights * Outside ideas * Multiple Perspectives * Flat structure & process * Probes & Little Experiments * Options <ul><li>Effectiveness: Entrepreneurial * Generalists * </li></ul><ul><li>Roles * Adaptive structure and process * </li></ul><ul><li>Prototypes & Pilot Projects * Variation * Lag times </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible funding * Flexible rules * Tolerance for </li></ul><ul><li>Risk * Dead ends * Emerging Practice </li></ul>Productivity: Efficiency * Certainty * Stability * Hierarchical structure & process * Clear Tasks, Rules, Policies & Procedures * Standardization * Specialists * Fast Returns * Low Risk Tolerance Vision: Charismatic * Unraveling * Chaotic * Loss, Anger, Blame, Conflict * Little structure or process * Reflection * Relationships * Essence * Values * Principles * New Energy & Urgency expand possibilities & buy-in place bets refine shared vision conserve broad direction declining EROI
  8. 8. <ul><li>Find a colleague at your table. Each take 5 minutes to share your answers to the following questions: </li></ul><ul><li>In which areas of the ‘eco-cycle’ do you feel most comfortable and energized? Least comfortable and energized? </li></ul><ul><li>Describe a project or activity that illustrates each answer. </li></ul>Preferences!

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