Posts Tagged ‘Meetings’

  • Music to my ears

    Music to my ears

    October 27th, 2014 | Expressive Change | Akaya Windwood | 5 Comments

    I’m old enough to remember when music, dance, art and poetry were integral parts of social change. No one would even consider having a meeting that didn’t include some aspect of celebrating the human spirit. There is something deeply satisfying about about gathering in groups and singing together.

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  • Structuring our Beloved Communities?

    Structuring our Beloved Communities?

    September 8th, 2014 | Expressive Change | Liam Barrington-Bush | 2 Comments

    If we believe that changing the world involves changing the kinds of relationships we have with one another, what role do organising structures have in helping or hindering the relationships we are trying to create?, asks Liam Barrington-Bush.

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  • A six month dive into expressive change

    A six month dive into expressive change

    September 2nd, 2014 | Expressive Change | Josee Methot & Jess Marais | 1 Comment

    Social change work is slow, and we’ve all heard stories of well-intentioned people burning out as they scramble to improve this big old world of ours. But what if this were different? In the fall of 2013, the McGill Office of Sustainability (MOOS) was fortunate to work with Organization Unbound to re-imagine the way we think about and engage in social change. With the guidance of our […]

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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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  • More reflections from Greece

    More reflections from Greece

    February 6th, 2012 | Expressive Change | Sarah Whiteley | No Comments

    To wrap up the revolution-themed month of January, Sarah Whiteley of Axladitsa shares two very personal in-the-moment accounts of the citizens movement that took place in Greece’s Syntagma Square last year. Her reflections highlight the non-linear nature of building a movement that is deeply aligned with its values and how to approach it with patience and reverence.

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  • Token presence or true participation

    Token presence or true participation

    August 19th, 2011 | Expressive Change | Caroline Howe | 3 Comments

    During the Organization Unbound workshop in Delhi, I was honestly struggling to distinguish form and experience, until Warren gave what was a really helpful example I have felt and seen many times. When we talk about participation and equality in an organization or a meeting, many go to the easiest form of making it happen […]

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  • Bringing minutes to life

    Bringing minutes to life

    July 7th, 2011 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | 2 Comments

    “At this point there was a terrible cow manure smell that came across the lake.”

    I came across this sentence as I was reading through the minutes of an annual general meeting that I attended some time back. It appears as its own paragraph, in the middle of the document, in italics.

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  • Conscious technology

    Conscious technology

    June 2nd, 2011 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | 7 Comments

    Just thought I’d preface this post with a note about my general relationship with technology. In short, I don’t like to be around it. I find computer monitors mind numbing. Keyboards send sharp pains up my right arm. I spent many years resisting pressures to buy a cell phone. True, I did organize my entire […]

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  • The unConference

    The unConference

    April 14th, 2011 | Expressive Change | Warren Nilsson & Tana Paddock | 11 Comments

    They are scattered about the steps and lawns. A knot of people puzzling over the relationship between education and politics. Sari-clad women practicing Brazilian martial arts. A group of home-schooled 10-year-olds selling handmade paperweights. A young man recounting with artistic precision his transformative experience on the front lines of the Egyptian revolution. There are workshops […]

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  • The people in the room

    The people in the room

    March 25th, 2011 | Expressive Change | Warren Nilsson & Tana Paddock | 2 Comments

    Gregory Branch is a doctor and public health official who also happens to direct an unusual gospel choir in Baltimore. We knew Gregg a number of years ago when we lived in Maryland, and for a little while we even sang in the choir. Gregg is a fiercely kind man with a large spirit and […]

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