Blog: Reflections and inspirations

Leadership development in Tokyo

By | April 14th, 2016|Categories: Events, Past events|

Both Marc Rettig and Hannah du Plessis will be featured presenters at Sociomedia's upcoming UX Strategy Forum in Tokyo on May 27. The theme is Leadership Development, and many of those attending will be people who [...]

Rettig @ UX London: Cultures of Creativity and the Tools of Dialogue

By | April 4th, 2016|Categories: Events, Past events|

Fit Principal Marc Rettig will be a featured presenter at UX London this coming May. European friends, we hope to see you there! Marc will give a talk and conduct a workshop. Talk: A frontier for [...]

Experiencing emergence with The Systems Game

By | March 22nd, 2016|Categories: Working in systems|

In her book, Coming Back to Life,  Joanna Macy described a way for people to have "a direct experience of the dynamic nature of open systems." Since that is a key idea in our Social Design [...]

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, Events, Past events|

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.