• 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. Each session is designed for a small group of people within the same organization to do together.

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  • Film release!

    Film release!

    August 3rd, 2015 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | No Comments

    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, board members, and 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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  • Cleaning myself, cleaning the world

    Cleaning myself, cleaning the world

    May 29th, 2015 | Expressive Change | Linda Sarvi | 4 Comments

    “Oh and of course as part of the job you will also have to clean homes and offices too”, Tolu said, his twinkling eyes examining me. Mhm. Interesting. We were sitting in his office after my job interview to do the communications and marketing at Zenith Cleaners, which had turned into a 2-hour long conversation.

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  • Becoming human through human-centered design

    Becoming human through human-centered design

    March 9th, 2015 | Expressive Change | Rachel Griner | 2 Comments

    After years of practice, a pivotal moment came when I realized human-centered design could actually be an expression of our humanity. To drive true innovation, I could blur the line between designer and user and create the space for us all to advance our human potential. This happened during my Executive on Loan assignment to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

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  • A conversation with Dayna Cunningham

    A conversation with Dayna Cunningham

    February 23rd, 2015 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | No Comments

    I’m just finishing up a fascinating six-week on-line course on Theory U. I found this 10-minute excerpt from Otto Scharmer’s interview with Dayna Cunningham particularly moving. She shares about her experience as a civil rights lawyer and how she came to understand the importance of developing an individual and collective capacity for empathy in social change work.

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  • Becoming a festival

    Becoming a festival

    February 9th, 2015 | Expressive Change | Katherine Therese Whaling | 1 Comment

    In a letter to her fellow organizers, Katherine Therese Whaling offers a heartfelt reflection on her experience organizing last year’s Muizenberg Festival, a week-long celebration of community-led development in the seaside town of Muizenberg, South Africa. We were struck by how beautifully her reflection illuminates what it means to live an event as a process rather than simply plan it as an outcome.

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  • Is democracy an enemy of nature?

    Is democracy an enemy of nature?

    January 27th, 2015 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | No Comments

    Are the environmental challenges we face as a planet too urgent and pervasive to be effectively dealt with through democratic means? I was surprised to read that in the wider circles of global environmental discourse, the implied (and occasionally directly expressed) response to this question is increasingly ‘yes’. Andrew Stirling, in his powerful essay ‘Emancipating Transformations’, sheds light on […]

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  • Reflections on attentional violence

    Reflections on attentional violence

    December 3rd, 2014 | Expressive Change | Undine Whande | 1 Comment

    Most of us are probably familiar with Johan Galtung’s ‘typology of violence’. As a peace researcher Galtung is known for developing the term and theory of structural violence. The concept of structural violence dawned on him while seeing the victims of poverty in India. People were suffering and yet the cause […]

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  • SWOT hack

    SWOT hack

    November 17th, 2014 | Expressive Change | Rachel Griner | 1 Comment

    The following reflection was written by Rachel Griner, a new contributor to Organization Unbound, based in Dubai, who is keen to help businesses engage more deeply and authentically with social purpose and hone their capacity for social innovation. We’re excited to learn from her experiments.

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