Patterns are shifting.

Slowly in places, quickly in others. Unevenly, messily. People are increasingly dissatisfied with the way things are, with “the way we do things around here,” but feel powerless or ill-equipped to move their group, organization, or system to new and better patterns.

We have learned a lot about that.

We are two people who find great joy in sharing what we’ve learned with people who are trying to move their situation to a better state.

We are thoroughly fascinated with the

theory | practice | heart of moving your system | group | self

toward something new and better.

It’s time for new methods.

Our foundation is in design, strategy, and the arts. For the last six years we have been studying social systems, human experience, and the dynamics of change at all levels.

The result is a body of understanding and practice that can help you:

CHANGE THE STORY
See the your situation from many points of view; get under the surface of what’s going on, into the roots of pattern and possibility.

CHANGE THE CONVERSATION
Gather the people who need to be there, move past meetings and debates to open and heartfelt creative dialogue.

CHANGE HOW YOU CREATE
Learn the methods and tools of co-creation, social prototyping, and working with emergence.

CHANGE YOUR PATTERNS
Develop new practices and habits necessary for long-term shifts.

Here’s how to start.

Let’s talk
We can start with a conversation about your situation. Use our contact form to set up a time to chat. 

Get on the list
You can get on the list to be notified about workshops, courses, retreats and events. The sign-up form for our (infrequent) announcements is at the bottom of our “contact us” page.


Here’s what we’ve planned so far for 2017

Frontier Retreat 2017

Our third year of reflection, exploration, and grand conversation for a small group of people who are living into their questions, moving “from this to that.” See the site — frontierretreat.com — for details, photos, and a place to register or ask questions. 

Public workshops and courses: multi-stakeholder / community methods and skills 

As of this Spring, we have taught our Creating in Social Complexity course eight times. It is jam-packed with methods, practices, and supporting theory for anyone who is involved with shifting the patterns of a situation with many stakeholders, people collaborating across organizational or societal boundaries, or improving a systemic problem. If you would like to be notified about these events, put yourself on our mailing list

Online courses and webinars 

We are in the planning and design stage of this, exploring for ways to offer the outcomes of our courses and workshops to people who can’t come to the classroom. We’re very excited about the possibilities! Want to help? Want to be part of the discounted tests of these events? We’ll notify you if you get on our (infrequently used) mailing list

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