Blog: Reflections and inspirations

Culture in Small Servings

By | January 21st, 2016|Categories: Culture work|

Improving organizational culture doesn't have to be big, messy, and abstract. It can and does happen in small doses, though it certainly helps to have good tactics. Here are two small-scale tactics that can have lasting effects.

How to foster design culture: expand your conversational toolkit

By | January 6th, 2016|Categories: Culture work|Tags: , , , , , , |

If your palette of culture-shifting tools is limited to meetings, presentations, mandate, persuasion, and technology, it’s no wonder that culture-shifting seems impossible. What tools for conversational leadership are in your kit? Marc Rettig scans the "communication continuum" and offers a chance to expand your toolkit.

Turning point

By | December 3rd, 2015|Categories: From this to that|

We stepped back for reflection and redefinition, but now that period is over. In 2016 we will relaunch as a firm committed to the emerging practices of creating in social complexity and shifting social patterns in organizations, communities, and systems.

Advance Retreat #1: The Culture Question

By | December 2nd, 2015|Categories: Culture work|

We're partnering with Rosenfeld Media to produce the first Advance Retreat, February 11-12, in Palm Springs, California. We are gathering no more than 50 design leaders to work together on this critical question: "How can we foster an effective, open, enduring culture of design in our organizations?" Want to know how we'll tackle it, and if it's for you? Read on.

Status update: Finding the courageous questions

By | August 24th, 2015|Categories: From this to that|

Part one of an update, ten weeks after closing business as usual to find the next form of our work. This update has to do with the results of persistent reflection. Tomorrow's update will describe more practical outcomes.

Judgment & guilt: becoming aware of my stories

By | August 16th, 2015|Categories: From this to that|

Matt black metal bars with snake-tongue tips gird the fancy shopping mall. The fence keeps unwanted elements of society out of the polished travertine interiors. On the other side of the fence two black milk [...]

Gallery: Frontier Retreat 2015

By | August 6th, 2015|Categories: Galleries, Hosting & facilitation, Workshops and Events|

Frontier Retreat | Summer 2015 | Chouteau County, Montana These are just a few of the moments from our time together with people who are exploring toward the edge of their personal and professional horizons. [...]

Frontier Retreat 2015

By | August 6th, 2015|Categories: Hosting & facilitation, Workshops and Events|

We are now planning for Frontier Retreat 2017! Read about it here, and fill out the registration form to reserve your spot. As our world changes, we feel the turning of times tugging at the certainty [...]