• Intimacy

    Intimacy

    October 24th, 2016 | Expressive Change | Akaya Windwood | 2 Comments

    It is becoming increasingly clear to me that social change, when done well, is an intimate act. For many years, I was taught to ignore my feelings and intuition, and to develop unassailable plans and irrefutable theories to explain and legitimize my work. These days, I don’t […]

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  • Join us for a Tiny Open Online Course!

    Join us for a Tiny Open Online Course!

    September 6th, 2016 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | No Comments

    During the month of October, Organization Unbound and The Barefoot Guide Connection will be hosting a TOOC (Tiny Open Online Course) to explore the relationship between organizations and social transformation. This light, month-long learning experience called ‘Seeding Change from Within’ will explore how to increase an organization’s social impact by growing change from the inside out.

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  • Resisting in our free time: The state of civil society today

    Resisting in our free time: The state of civil society today

    May 23rd, 2016 | Expressive Change | Gioel Gioacchino | No Comments

    What happens when you get 900 civil society groups in the same room at over 8,500 feet above sea level? Excitement is guaranteed you’d think, along with a bit of oxygen deprivation and a whole lot of partying. That’s what lured me to Bogotá late last month for International Civil Society Week—the annual conference of an NGO called CIVICUS, the ‘World Alliance for Citizen Participation.’

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  • The presence of an absence

    The presence of an absence

    May 2nd, 2016 | Expressive Change | Allan Kaplan | No Comments

    The recognition – that we are all now so close, our global footprint so large, and all our processes of life so befouled – releases increasing tendencies towards management and control. We appear caught in a vast paradox that exceeds our capacity for irony – we foreground ourselves as the solution to the problems that we have created through foregrounding ourselves.

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  • A conversation mashup with Biren Shah

    A conversation mashup with Biren Shah

    March 24th, 2016 | Expressive Change | Conversation | 3 Comments

    “It is only when we don’t have a social purpose that we’re truly serving the world.” That’s a pretty mind-bending statement, especially for those of us who are working in social purpose organizations. What exactly do you mean?

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  • Cleaning the African narrative

    Cleaning the African narrative

    February 29th, 2016 | Expressive Change | Tolu Ilesanmi | 1 Comment

    “My name is Tolulope Ilesanmi, I am a Cleaner. That is not a confession. It is a celebration. It is also a protest. I was a banker. That is a confession.” These were my opening words when I spoke at the Desautels African Business Initiative conference in […]

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  • A new collaboration in Cincinnati

    A new collaboration in Cincinnati

    September 11th, 2015 | Expressive Change | Rachel Griner | 1 Comment

    What if, in research, we paid attention to how we paid attention? What if in strategic planning we were as introspective as we are analytical? What if our work were a true expression of our humanity? Would our capacity for innovation grow? I want to find out. So, I’ve launched […]

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  • Self-guided learning sessions – new and improved

    Self-guided learning sessions – new and improved

    August 10th, 2015 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | No Comments

    After spending some time beta-testing our self-guided learning sessions with organizations, we’ve come out with these new and improved versions. The sessions were created to help people introduce the concept and practice of expressive change into their organization.

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  • Film release- An intro to expressive change

    Film release- An intro to expressive change

    August 3rd, 2015 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | 1 Comment

    * Now subtitled in Español & Français *

    The short film that we’ve been working on over the last year and a half is finally finished! The 16-minute film is intended as a conversation starter for staff, volunteers & funders of social purpose organisations. Through a compilation of crowd-sourced interviews, it challenges us to pay closer attention to the link between an organisation’s social purpose and how that purpose is lived inside the organization on a daily basis.

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  • Podcast: Emerging from hibernation

    Podcast: Emerging from hibernation

    July 29th, 2015 | Expressive Change | Podcast | No Comments

    In 2012, we hosted a podcast with Aerin Dunford of The Berkana Institute about the organization’s decision to go into an undefined period of hibernation. Given its focus on promoting ‘living systems’ principles in social change work, we were curious to learn how they were putting these principles into practice internally. Berkana recently resurfaced from its restful state, and so we followed up with Aerin to find out what the experience has been like for them.

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