The Triple Focus: An approach to education and to sustainable organising

On August 1st I started my new job as professor for Sustainable Working & Organising at Avans University of Applied Sciences in Breda and Den Bosch. This chair is part of the new Centre of Expertise Sustainable Business. It will be of no surprise that I will use the Logic of Feeling as a skeleton for profiling what ‘sustainable’ means, and  More

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Online magazine Stakeholder Involvement for Change and Innovation

With Scoop.it you easily make your own online newsmagazine on a specific issue. Share messages, from yourself or from others, and curate them by adding your opinion, insights or links to other sources to add value for your readers. I am the curator of the online magazine Stakeholder involvement for change and innovation’. It offers articles on the principles for developing engagement and ownership for change and innovation. You will find knowledge and insights ...

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Why involve ‘strangers’ in strategic planning?

Today I read a challenging question on the email forum of the Future Search Network. A client asked for a Future Search conference for strategic planning for the organisation, an Institute in the health care sector. The Institute’s influential members (the board and the Strategic Planning Committee)  do not want to involve ‘outside stakeholders’. They seem to have great  anxiety about “exposing dirty laundry” or express the belief that “outside stakeholders” have nothing to add to the conversation except  their “opinions”. What should the ...

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Socio-Drama Topography: A new Large Group Intervention method/process

Phases of an initiative using Socio-Drama Topography process

Figure 1:  Phases of an initiative using Socio-Drama Topography (SDT) process (Diagram by Stephen Sillett)

Physically experiencing the system and dramatizing situations are two aspects I have really missed in all the methods that engage the whole system, the so called Large Group Intervention Methods. Socio-Drama Topography (SDT) is filling this ...

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Interactive meetings and trainings: Don’t be affraid to rearrange furniture

Today I found a great presentation by master trainer Beth Kanter. She provides tips for designing effective trainings for non-profit. I recognize the same principles that I think are basic for success of any meeting where you want to share knowledge, or want people to contribute to change or innovation. In non-profit as ...

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Nothing so practical as a good theory: The Logic of Feeling

Gizmo en de Logica van het Gevoel
For many years I am working and playing with the knowledge theory The Logic of Feeling, the intellectual legacy of the philosopher Arnold Cornelis. Why does this theory appeal to me? Unlike most management models it does justice to the complexity, the different layers, of our reality. It gives an important role to the often neglected factors of time and ...

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The shift in perception of hierarchy and leadership. Seven new articles on involving stakeholders for change

With pride I present seven world class articles on stakeholder involvement for organisational change and new forms of democracy.  They are published in the October Issue of the scientific journal Challenging Organisations and Society. reflective hybrids. I was the editor of this issue and co-authored two articles. The authors present a diversity of perspectives, from abstract theory to very practical experience. With thanks to the authors for their high quality contributions. In particular I thank the  seniors Alain de Vulpian, ...

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Evaluation instrument for complex interventions for organisational change

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In my research on effective use of Large Scale Interventions, I developed an evaluation instrument. It is based on audit methods used to assess quality management systems. The ‘norm’, the set of quality criteria, has been built by making a synthesis of existing evidence from experience and theory. Read more in my book Building an evidence based ...

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New forms of democracy: Citywide stakeholder involvement in Delhi

On the Linkedin group Future Search Network I saw a message about a new book with the title Building a Citizens’ Partnership in Democratic Governance. The Delhi Bhagidari Process through Large-Group Dynamics, by George Koreth and Kiron Wadhera. Since stakeholder involvement in change processes has my special interest, I ordered the book. ...

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