Resources and Inspirations
Below are links to some of the inspirations, theoretical foundations and practical resources used in our practice.
"Online Environments for Supporting Change" in The Change Handbook, 2nd Edition
"Wired Discovery: New Conversations and Deeper Connections" in AI Practitioner, May 2008 [PDF]
"CrowdSourcing: Self-Organized Discovery through Chaordic Organization" in AI Practitioner, May 2008. [PDF]
Some of our favorites...
The Change Handbook edited by Peggy Holman, Tom Devane & Steve Cady
A great reference for the many different participative methodologies used to engage whole systems.
Images of Organization by Gareth Morgan
By understanding the power and limitations of the metaphors we use to model organizational life, we can make better leadership decisions about the language that best supports the work at hand.
The Magic of Conflict by Thomas F. Crum
Conflict means someone cares deeply about something. Find the source of that energy and you can use it to make things better!
Biology & Neuroscience
Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain by Sharon Begley
A readable explanation of neuroscience research that shows our practices literally change the structure of our brains, which affects our capacity to think in new ways.
The Mindful Brain by Daniel Siegel
How reflective practice improves cognitive function and learning.
Molecules of Emotion by Candace Pert
The science behind "embodied learning," showing how our emotions reinforce the learning process and why engaging them properly creates better learning outcomes.
Leadership Without Easy Answers by Ron Heifetz
Understand the difference between "routine" and "adaptive" problems and what's required to successfully approach each.
Managing Transitions by Bill Bridges
Understanding the difference between "change" and "transition" and why it's important to manage both.
Leverage Networks (they make available legacy materials from Pegasus Communications, who created a wide range of resources on systems thinking and system dynamics).
Organization Systems Renewal Program at Seattle University is a 2-year Masters program providing graduate students with a unique blend of theory and practice in service of designing and leading organizational change.