How do we make sense of the lifecycles in our individual lives, organizations, and systems?
How might we act and respond to ongoing change in ways that support individual and organizational resiliency?
OCADU 100 McCaul Street
With host Vanessa Reid, this Design with Dialogue (DwD) session explored the ways in which we make sense of the change in our personal and organizational lives.
Drawing from concepts of the Panarchy cycle, we looked at how cycles of living and dying can help us to better understand the ways in which our actions can support or hinder transitional phases in our personal and organizational lives.
We looked at the fears and disturbances that come up in transitions - such as “not-knowing”, uncertainty, grief, and chaos, to find how these can be leadership skills that we can hone. And we explored what “practice leadership” is for our individual and collective transitions, and translate concepts and models into a living practice. Questions we'll be exploring, include:
How do we transition from one stage to another?
What does it mean to steward endings and “closure” in a generative way in a cultural context which sees endings as failures to “growth”?
As we reflected on our own experiences, we engaged in conversations about where these patterns show up in one's own life, organizations, and broader systems and how we can work with them generatively.
About the Host
Vanessa Reid is the co-founder of Living Wholeness Institute, which works with citizens, teams, organizations and social movements around the globe on initiatives that are transforming broken systems and creating new, deeply sustainable social realities. She is the former executive director of Montreal’s Santropol Roulant, an innovative non-profit working with food and intergenerational relationship as a catalyst for social change. As the executive publisher of ascent magazine and timeless books, she co-created an organizational process of conscious closure, and stewards many end-of-life processes with people, families and systems.
Most recently, she has been living and working in Greece and the Middle East where the contexts of systemic collapse is asking citizens to respond in fundamentally new ways. She is a co-founder of the SIZ (Systemic Innovation Zone – Greece) working with citizens and groups towards new forms of participation and democracy, through the Art of Participatory Leadership. She co-created the practice grounds for social innovation labs including the Finance Innovation Lab and Tasting the Future-UK.
For more, visit http://www.the-lwi.org