Boundary Spanning

May 27, 2017 David Forrest 0

Requisite Variety Our most daunting problems today are growing in complexity. No single actor is able to resolve them by working alone. When the complexity of a problem exceeds our capacity to respond, we are quickly […]


Intention is Fractal

April 2, 2017 David Forrest 0

A State of Mind Intention is a state of mind that shapes how we relate to the world and to each other. We contemplate taking action based on the hope or desire that it will […]


Collective Impact

March 27, 2017 David Forrest 0

The term ‘collective impact’ was coined by John Kania and Mark Kramer – founders of the philanthropic consulting firm FSG – to describe the contribution of multiple actors to solving a social problem. They used […]


Organizational DNA

March 12, 2017 David Forrest 0

The Exchange of Value The existential question for every organization, regardless of the sector it is in, is how to create value. It is their reason for being. The farmers who grow our food, the […]


Enterprise Ecology

March 6, 2017 David Forrest 0

Our planet teems with life. Its collective genetic code – the DNA operating system that runs life’s programs – weighs 50 billion tons and contains 50 trillion trillion trillion base pairs. It would fill one […]



March 1, 2017 David Forrest 0

The Power of Place Place is where life is lived. It’s where we earn a livelihood, where we create community, where we learn and explore new ideas, where we express our humanity in art and […]



February 22, 2017 David Forrest 0

Thinking Together Dialogue and the Art of Thinking Together is a moving story of the power of dialogue. Author William Isaacs co-founded the Center for Organizational Learning with Peter Senge at MIT in 1990. The […]


The Social Web

February 19, 2017 David Forrest 0

Identity Needs We find our place in the world by being and being affirmed for who we are. Our personal identity is deeply linked to the communities we belong to. Vern Neufeld Redekop, professor of […]


Desired Future

February 14, 2017 David Forrest 0

The Unknowable Future What is the future? It doesn’t exist. We can only live in the present. But we contemplate the future endlessly and anticipate what could happen with trepidation. The future is the not-yet-realized […]



February 9, 2017 David Forrest 0

Challenge elevates our aspirations and focuses our attention in a way that makes impossible goals achievable. Challenge has the power to move an organization, a system or a nation. Indeed, it has the power to […]

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