Links of the Quarter: June 2019

How to Save the World

The Art of Colourizing Old Photos: See how the experts do it , step-by-step instructions to DIY , and how colourizing can fool you. image of the Maldives by David Mark from Pixabay , CC0; the islands will likely be completely submerged due to sea level rise from glacial melt by mid-century.

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The Wisdom in the No: A New Approach to Conflict

Partnering Resources

Says Rick Maurer , expert on organizational change and resistance, there aren’t “resistors out there just waiting to ruin our otherwise perfect intervention. Perhaps it’s unpopular to talk about being overworked in the organization; the culture supports burnout.

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Collaboration is the Hallmark of Community

How to Save the World

We were, including Brian, Alison and the others who contributed to making this happen, a substantially self-organized group, participating and supporting each other for no other reason than because it gave us joy.

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The Value of Community Ecosystems

Online Community Strategy

My first taste of what might be possible with communities of practice was volunteering to be one of the first Fast Company Company of Friends organizers in Louisville KY in 2000. Several thoughtful methods have been formalized and documented by platform vendors and industry experts.

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“But what about naysayers?”

Chris Corrigan

In my courses and workshops, often people who are discovering these tools for the first time have their first moment of dread when they imagine themselves trying to “sell” a participatory or complexity-informed approach to their organization, team or, worse still, their boss. Complicated problems (knowable problems and predictable solutions, but only with expert help and analysis). Complexity Facilitation Featured Organization

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“But what if our people dominate?”

Chris Corrigan

It doesn’t matter if you are using a well conducted circle process or a self-organizing process, or placing limits on who can speak and who cannot. Inviting a group into these practices helps them focus on each other as as potential experts. Beyond that, truly open questions make it easy to encourage people to listen to one another and they de-centre expertise, meaning that the group itself can truly become the experts.

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A decade of living and learning, hosting and harvesting

Chris Corrigan

Chris and Herb were (and still are) both enamoured with Open Space Technology and were wondering how we could use it for various organizing around Aboriginial rights and title. I have mostly survived by holding questions, opening myself to learning, and reminding myself that I don’t have to be the expert all the time. And who can know what I’ll be writing about on August 31, 2019, in my 51st year, as I catch myself surprised at all that has happened.