Posts Tagged ‘Purpose’

  • City of Sanctuary

    City of Sanctuary

    December 15th, 2011 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | 1 Comment

    Casper ter Kuile shared this City of Sanctuary clip with us as a beautiful example of a social change initiative that is completely rooted in meaning and experience. On the City of Sanctuary blog, Giuilia, a newly arrived volunteer from Italy, shares how surprised she is to see so many asylum seekers and refugees […]

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  • Expressive campaigning

    Expressive campaigning

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

    An increasing number of NGOs are turning to conventional marketing methods to convince the masses to adopt more environmentally-friendly behaviours. These campaigns motivate people to turn down their central heating by suggesting they follow the latest fashion trends in winter clothing, persuade people to reduce flying by suggesting they take the train for their next luxurious pleasure trip, and encourage parents to “spoil their little monsters” at Christmas with the latest trends in eco-friendly toys.

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  • Turning John McKnight inside out

    Turning John McKnight inside out

    October 25th, 2011 | Expressive Change | Warren Nilsson | 3 Comments

    In workshops and classrooms I frequently hear some form of the question: “But how do we deal with those people who just don’t get it?” The ‘it’ is usually undefined, but everyone in the room understands it to be some combination of justice, sustainability, compassion…Heads nod. How can we hope to move forward when so many people don’t see the world from this perspective, when so many people don’t seem to care about the things we care about?

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  • Whole person, whole system

    Whole person, whole system

    August 14th, 2011 | Expressive Change | Warren Nilsson | 1 Comment

    What is less well understood is that treating each other as the patchwork, unruly human beings we are, rather than the zippered office functionaries we pretend to be, is also the only way we can really come to understand, let alone affect, the larger institutional patterns we are trying to change […]

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  • When our first instinct is to run away . . .

    When our first instinct is to run away . . .

    June 11th, 2011 | Expressive Change | Warren Nilsson | 2 Comments

    I once asked a guy named Pedro, who had spent his life founding and working in one of the Mondragon industrial cooperatives, what his most engaging organizational experience had been. He gave me a kind of half-smile. “It was when we went bankrupt.”

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  • “Interviewing” Gandhi

    “Interviewing” Gandhi

    May 11th, 2011 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | 2 Comments

    Many of us are familiar with the phrase “Be the change you want to see in the world,” so much so that it has become a bit of a cliché. I’ve been wondering for a while now what else Gandhi said that relates to expressive social change, a concept that is at the heart of […]

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  • A simple practice that caught our attention

    A simple practice that caught our attention

    December 10th, 2010 | Expressive Change | Warren Nilsson | 9 Comments

    We are in Cape Town for a few weeks and just got back from a meeting with Nathan Heller at The Hub, a co-working space for social innovators. Although The Hub Cape Town only recently opened its doors, the model has been around for a while and there are over two dozen Hubs worldwide in […]

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  • Why ‘what’ follows ‘why’: Organizational archeology

    Why ‘what’ follows ‘why’: Organizational archeology

    August 12th, 2010 | Expressive Change | Cameron Stiff | No Comments

    “Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t give an ‘I have a plan’ speech. He talked about his dream.” It’s perhaps the most effective way that Simon Sinek, in his TED talk on powerful leadership, makes his point about the power of belief to inspire action. Most of his examples centre around business innovation and business success, […]

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