Posts Tagged ‘Inscaping’

  • In practice

    In practice

    August 26th, 2013 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | 1 Comment

    If you are looking for ways to introduce the concept and practice of expressive change into your organization, check out these “conversation deepeners”. They are the first in a collection of self-guided learning materials that we’re developing. They are designed for a small group of people within the same organization to do together and can be done in any order.

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  • How we gather

    How we gather

    April 21st, 2013 | Expressive Change | Marianne Knuth | 3 Comments

    At Kufunda Learning Village we had fallen into the rut of our weekly meetings having become very task oriented. They were the least inspired place of our village (mostly), and several issues were being discussed with only a few voices repeating themselves. There was little collective wisdom at play, and oftentimes we left our weekly Village Circle feeling drained and tired, although we might have managed to tick off many items on our to-do list. One day – after one too many such meetings – I decided, no more […]

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  • Gestalt at the South African Treasury Department

    Gestalt at the South African Treasury Department

    July 20th, 2012 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | No Comments

    I’m stumbling along, trying my best to remain in the single file line the path has forced us to form. We crest the hillside, overlooking a quiet river freckled with boulders and dragonflies. I overhear Jonathan and Kirsten chatting in front of me. They are introducing themselves, having only just met on this day hike organized through the Cape Town Hiking Group. I hear Kirsten say that she works for the National Treasury […]

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  • Multiply wounded

    Multiply wounded

    July 12th, 2012 | Expressive Change | Warren Nilsson & Tana Paddock | 4 Comments

    We recently came across an illuminating talk by Nicaraguan psychologist Martha Cabrera- Living and Surviving in a Multiply Wounded Country. In her talk, she describes the uniquely holistic approach to societal healing that she and her team developed over a decade of experimental work in Nicaragua.

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  • Social innovation from the inside out

    Social innovation from the inside out

    May 13th, 2012 | Expressive Change | Warren Nilsson & Tana Paddock | 11 Comments

    We are excited to share this talk that Warren gave last month at University of Cape Town exploring the organizational dimensions of social innovation. In our experience, few social purpose organizations spend much time looking at how their own organizational cultures support or hinder the kinds of changes in the world they are working so hard to create. In this talk, Warren challenges us to consider how much of our current difficulty in fostering and scaling social innovation is bound up in this disconnect. What kind of change might we create if […]

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  • The social innovation space

    The social innovation space

    September 7th, 2011 | Expressive Change | Warren Nilsson & Tana Paddock | No Comments

    Inscaping is too broad a concept to explain some of the variation we see in the capacities of different organizations to become true social innovators. Many organizations might reasonably describe themselves as good at inscaping. They are relatively open and honest. The members of the organization care about each other and are willing and able to share their experiences. Yet these organizations often struggle to fully develop their capacities for meaningful, resilient social change. Why?

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  • Beyond emotion

    Beyond emotion

    May 4th, 2011 | Expressive Change | Warren Nilsson | 5 Comments

    For a variety of reasons, many people react hesitantly at first to the idea of inscaping and experiential structuring. One of the things they worry about is that inscaping will turn into emotional indulgence.

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  • Appreciative feedback triads: Kupa humbowo muhutatu

    Appreciative feedback triads: Kupa humbowo muhutatu

    March 7th, 2011 | Expressive Change | Warren Nilsson & Tana Paddock | 1 Comment

    At Kufunda Learning Village, we’ve recently experimented with a powerful exercise called ‘Appreciative Feedback Triads’ or ‘Kupa humbowo muhutatu’ in Shona. Here’s how it works…

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  • Sounding

    Sounding

    February 24th, 2011 | Expressive Change | Warren Nilsson | 4 Comments

    The most catalytic organizational practice I’ve encountered lately is humblingly simple. It involves nothing more than pausing in the middle of a meeting or discussion and going around the room to hear from each person how they are actually experiencing the issue at hand – right now, in the moment. It seems like an obvious […]

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  • In memory of Penny

    In memory of Penny

    August 5th, 2010 | Expressive Change | Warren Nilsson | 4 Comments

    Last Saturday, Tana and I went to the funeral of Penny Parkes. We had gotten to know Penny through our work with Santropol Roulant. She was a client, volunteer, and board member there and reflected the spirit of the place in a beautiful and charming way all her own. Penny struggled with a degenerative disease, […]

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