Dave Snowden at TedX

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In this talk, Dave Snowden presents a succinct overview of his groundbreaking work, which continues to inspire and inform my own practice.

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Less Big Thinking, More Small Actions →

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Lee Ryan:

Perhaps the deeper lesson here is that the most radical acts are deceptively small and intimate. Less about “driving change”, less about arguing and trying to motivate. More about paying real attention in a time-starved world? What might this look like? How might we experiment with new forms with groups both inside and outside organisations?

This is an excellent article, which is also a prelude to the Radical Acts event in Melbourne next month. I’m so excited to be going and I’m looking forward to spending time with this group of people to explore what improvisational theatre can teach us about radical versus conventional approaches to change.

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Exploring Liberating Structures

I’m hosting a Liberating Structures immersion event for the Victorian Facilitator’s Network on Monday 19th February 6pm – 8.30pm. This will be an opportunity to explore some easy structures, practice them together and see what we can learn. Anyone interested in alternative ways to approach and design how people work together is welcome to join us. To book a place, please register or g…  
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Eliminating Social Corrosiveness With Stories →

Paul Stoller, writing for the HuffPost:

I think that my central obligation is to recount stories, gleaned from years of ethnographic research, that underscore the human capacity for social resilience and social connection. These stories demonstrate that even in the direst of situations, we are not as alone as we might think. They remind us that many, if not most of our fears, frustrations, and sufferings can be overcome.

This is great. Yes, stories make us wiser and better able to confront the ups and downs of life.

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Playing Dungeons and Dragons →

Ethan Gilsdorf, on the TED Ideas blog:

Fantasy role-playing games return that power of storytelling to us. D&D sparked my imagination and kindled an interest in everything from geography to languages, history to poetry. It made me want to create, to be a storyteller and a world builder. And to take a leap and imagine a better world.

This article really struck a chord. I didn’t play D&D obsessively, but the feelings are mutual.

I do wonder though, if this isn’t a chicken or the egg situation? Does playing D&D help you to be more connected, creative, and compassionate or are those who are predisposed to being creative and imaginative drawn to role-playing games?

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