Design with Dialogue: The Art and Practice of Regenerative Leadership

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 10:00pm to Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 1:00am

What new ways of thinking and seeing are needed within the many participatory organizing structures that are emerging? How can we integrate living systems principles as we explore the leadership that is needed now in our organizations and communities? What are our new practice grounds – spaces and times of shared learning, renewal and relationship that deepen our connection with both people and place?

Join us for September's DwD, with guest hosts Michael Jones and Michelle Holiday, as we delve further into an exploration of leadership based on an understanding of living systems.

Through stories, dialogue and music over the course of the evening, we will move together through four timeless patterns that shape all living, creative, expressive systems. As we engage with these patterns in our leadership work, important new insights and possibilities emerge, opening a path to leadership that is generative and even regenerative, healing what has been wounded in our communities and ourselves by the structures we have inherited.

Underlying these patterns is a deep connection with place.  Any living system is rooted in and nourished by the place where it grows, and we and our organizations and communities are no exception.  For this reason, our gathering will draw on our own stories of relationship with place and the urban ecology we live in, inviting us to craft new narratives of what is possible.

Finally, we will explore what practice grounds may offer the most fertile soil for these new possibilities to take root. What kind of greenhouse or Solarium do we need to create to cultivate regenerative leadership in ourselves and our communities?

In convening this evening, Michael and Michelle will draw from the work they have been engaged in within their own communities as well as from an article that has been published in the current issue of The Spanda Journal entitled Living Systems Theory and the Practice of Stewarding Change.

About the hosts

Michael Jones is a leadership educator, dialogue facilitator, writer and Juno-nominated pianist/composer.  His most recent book, The Soul of Place, is the third in a series on Re-imagining Leadership.  Others in the series include Artful Leadership and the award-winning  Creating an Imaginative Life.  Michael has also been a thought leader with the MIT Dialogue Project and Dialogos and other prominent leading edge universities and centres. He has co-chaired several place-based initiatives and spoken on the leader's emerging role as  placemaker in a variety of forums including The Authentic Leadership in Action Conferences (ALIA), The Society  for Organizational  Learning (SoL) and many others. As a pianist/composer Michael has composed and recorded fifteen CD's of his original piano compositions and performed as a solo pianist across North America  as well as Korea and Japan.  He has been integrating his music in his leadership and dialogue work for over twenty years. See www.pianoscapes.com to learn more about Michael and his work.

Michelle Holliday is a facilitator, organizational consultant, researcher and writer. Her work centers around “thrivability” — a set of perspectives, intentions and practices based on a view of organizations as living systems. To this end, she brings people together and helps them discover ways they can feel more alive, connect more meaningfully with each other, and serve life more powerfully through their work. This generally takes the form of designing and hosting transformative events, as well as delivering talks and workshops. Michelle also writes regularly, including a forthcoming book, The Age of Thrivability. Her research is summarized in a slideshow called Humanity 4.0, as well as in a TEDx presentation. 

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University  100 McCaul Street, Room 187  Toronto, ON M5T 1W1 Canada 
Website: 
http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/dwd-9915-the-art-and-practice-of-regenerative-leadership-tickets-18281003975

Design With Dialogue

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 10:00pm to Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 2:00am

Strategic Learning: Personal innovation in a fluid environment

How might we enhance our experience of learning to accord with personal or professional strategy?

Can we strategically direct our learning individually and together to adapt and lead through a changing world?

June's DwD is hosted by Donald Officer, delving into a shared inquiry and practices toward discovery our personal lifetime learning potentials. Strategic learning can be viewed as choosing what you and I specifically need to know and practice to make our way and reach our goals, in a time where learning itself is changing on the run.

More than ever learning processes are breaking boundaries and are trending toward chaos. We have MOOCs, online degree mills and tuition debt slavery in pursuit of formal education. Training, facilitating, coaching abound. Rock star professors and researchers tour morning television sets with do-it-yourself prescriptions for personality makeovers

Disturbing? Yes, yet at the same time this becomes background noise. Each of us has the opportunity to remake ourselves in a serious powerful way while connecting with others to make massive significant change. To do this we have to realize something so obvious it’s as invisible as the air we breathe.

More power to all of us. However, we only leverage it by becoming aware of it.

This Wednesday we’ll have the chance to grow that awareness while having fun together as we explore ways to take charge of need to know.

Powerful ideas we’ll tease out in small group exercises and open session:

  • Recrafting personal mission statements to build transformative learning

  • Learning for them versus learning for you – no, it isn’t self indulgent

  • Ways we learn that schools won’t acknowledge and what to do about it.

  • Just in time, just in case and just because we feel like it

  • Necessity not curriculum is the mother of invention

  • Learning to think strategically (and save yourself from the planners)

  • Powerful media (new and old) tools we all can access

  • How to curate your own learning space

Donald R. Officer has been a writer, planner, communicator, management consultant and educator for over three decades. Persistently seeking better ways to approach the fuvaluesture and how to live there, he has become a strong advocate for a major rethinking about our ideas on innovation. Don’s recent career as life coach has launched a serious innovative rethinking of his own life and the meaning of learning and professional practice, insights which he shares with DwD in this session.

Don has written articles for newspapers, journals and magazines and edited policy papers, newsletters and on-line forums. He continues to review books and write articles on many social change topics, especially strategic thinking,for magazines and his blog, The Intention Coach.  Meanwhile he continues to toil away writing longer works on psychology and education. These are destined for wider publication

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St. Lambert Lounge, Room 187
Website: 
http://designwithdialogue.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a4347f867a9326ed7362dd510&id=3c6b71e05f&e=f8367a57a8

Design With Dialogue: Innovative Learning in Canadian Higher Education

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 10:00pm to Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 1:00am

Join OCAD U Strategic Foresight & Innovation students for a roundtable & ideation to explore new ways of learning in the future world of Canadian higher education. 

April's DwD is convened by a graduate student-led panel from the MDes Strategic Foresight & Innovation (SFI) program to engage in inquiry and a generative dialogue responding to the question:

What new ways of learning, particularly in higher education, will Canadians need to thrive in an evolving society and labour market?

The roundtable and dialogue contributes to Imagining Canada's Future, the strategic development of next-generation social science for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) with the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS). Our question is one of their key Future Challenge Areas.
 
OCAD U faculty and students, as well as members of DwD community are encouraged to attend and participate in the dialogue. A limited number of seats will be available, please RSVP to reserve your spot. Food and refreshments will be provided.

Parts of the event will be captured through images and video. By registering to attend this event you are consenting to the use of the media for productions related to the event. Please contact the organizers if this is a concern.

Hosted by the SFI Dialogue Team

Inessa Chapira
Christina Doyle
Maggie Greyson
Conor Holler
Goran Matic
Corey Norman
Adrienne Pacini
Sheldon Pereira
Patrick Robinson
Peter Scott
Jacqueline To
Ryan Voison
George Wang
and faculty advisors Peter Jones and Greg van Alstyne

 

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul St., Lambert Lounge, Room 187
Website: 
http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/innovative-learning-in-canadian-higher-education-tickets-16358705328

Design With Dialogue

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 11:00pm to Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 2:00am

 

Involving the Whole Person Within Community Dialogue

How might action methods and dramatic expression be applied to help groups build relationships, gain understanding and develop trust?

One of the more pressing demands of civic engagement and community building is to provide ways for members to personally relate and commit to deeper conversations. Where this is possible, we can move beyond engagement and toward building systemic insights that can support behavior change, community-driven innovative and development.

This DwD workshop offers a way to learn and discover for yourself:

  • How group drama approaches can build community trust and release communication barriers.
  • Experience the co-creation of narratives that help gain understanding of different perspectives and social landscapes.
  • Experience making meaning using a simple, yet powerful, Action Sociometry process
  • How to express ideas and explore themes of interest using dramatic methods
  • Gain a brief overview of how ADCID works with these types of approaches within larger, complex, multi-disciplinary project configurations.

Through years of practice in international development and collaborating with local community-based organizations, Stephen Sillett of ADCID has been working with these aims in mind. Through long-term projects, Stephen has helped shift the relationships and dynamics that local community-based organisations have with the marginalised communities they serve, in Africa and Canada.

Stephen will present a taster of group exploration with a focus on Action Sociometry methods and dramatic approaches where individuals and groups engage in non-verbal reflective inquiry. For this session participants will explore a field of strategic action that they can connect to personally.

For more information – the innovative use of mood drawings to unpack body images(PDF)

A video of drama activity being worked on by members of the Zisize Drama Group around the theme of Love and Protection, This shows some deep, silent, engagement by the local team around an emotional image.

About the Host

Stephen Sillett is co-executive director of Aiding Dramatic Change in Development(ADCID), and helps the organization research, facilitate and direct dialogue, drama and art processes for healing and community development. Through ADCID projects and in partnership with other social actors, he is exploring approaches that engage community members in conversations, consciously orientated to maturing visions of the future. Research interests include the facilitation of non-verbal and spatial meaning-making practices within group workshop and the creation of interactive performance. He directs InFusion Labs where theatre artists, therapists, scientists and social practitioners explore spatial approaches to exploration and discovery.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD Univesity 100 McCaul St.
Website: 
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Cost: 
Free

Insite Exhibition Tour with MaryAnn Camilleri

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 11:30pm

Flash Forward 10: Uncanny Worlds special event.

Insite Exhibition Tour with MaryAnn Camilleri, Founder of the Magenta Foundation and Director of the Flash Forward Festival.

Wednesday, December 10, 6:30 p.m.
Onsite [at] OCAD University
230 Richmond St. W.
Toronto, Ont.

Presented by Onsite [at] OCAD U and OCAD University Alumni Relations in partnership with TD Bank Group and The Magenta Foundation.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite [at] OCAD U 230 Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario
Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/exhibitions/onsite.htm
Cost: 
Free

Insite Exhibition Tour with Peter Sramek

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:30pm

Flash Forward 10: Uncanny Worlds special event.

Insite Exhibition Tour
with Peter Sramek, Professor, OCAD U

Sramek studied photography at MIT and has taught at OCAD U since 1976. He is Chair of Cross-Disciplinary Art Practices. Represented by the Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto, his works are in many collections, notably the Musée Carnavalet (Paris), Toronto Archives, Art Gallery of Hamilton, National Library of Canada, the Allan Chasanoff Collection (NY) and MOMA (NY).

Onsite [at] OCAD University
230 Richmond St. W.
Toronto, Ont.

Presented by Onsite [at] OCAD U and OCAD University Alumni Relations in partnership with TD Bank Group and The Magenta Foundation.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite [at] OCAD 230 Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario
Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/exhibitions/onsite.htm
Cost: 
Free

Design with Dialogue

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 10:00pm to Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 1:00am

Playing to Change the World: The Oasis Game

How can we play to change the world? How can we, in the process, help a collective socio-cultural, environmental and economic dream materialize?

For March's DwD, join host Dona Geagea as she shares the Oasis Game, a game and movement that is emerging from Warriors Without Weapons - a month-long intensive leadership program in Brasil.

Returning from Warriors Without Weapons - a 32-days intensive leadership training program in Brasil, Dona will be sharing the philosophy and magic behind the Oasis game.

The Oasis is a game and, today, a movement that is emerging out of Brasil, based on the Elos Philosophy that practices 7 disciplines: Gaze, Affection, Dream, Care, Miracle, Celebration, and Re-evolution.

A transformative process that begins with the self and extends to community, the Oasis is designed on the premise that our world is full of “deserts”- areas where social and environmental vitality have been destroyed- and where change can offer hope, stability, and refuge for weary travelers crossing the desert. How can this game open space for personal and collective transformation, effectively, quickly and with the engagement of all players?

Join us in this session to learn about the Oasis game and experience its underlying
philosophy first hand through storytelling and activities to practice the seven disciplines.

Learn more about Warriors Without Weapons

"On the warrior's path, it is up to you to discern which threads have been woven by divine hands and which have been woven by human hands. When you begin to discern the difference, you become a Txucarramae - a warrior without weapons... When you discover what you have been doing with your life and how it is you dance through the world, little by little you let go of your weapons, those creations made to kill creations. Suddenly, you discover that when we stop creating enemies, we extinguish the need for weapons" - Kaka Wera, Guerreiros Sem Armas

ABOUT THE HOST

Dona Geagea is Hub Manager with Waterlution Canada and social entrepreneur behind Beyond the Jar. As a facilitator and change-maker, Dona pushes her own creativity and innovation through what she offers to the community, and her experience in the Warriors Without Weapons international leadership training program was part of this spectacular and transformative learning journey. With a Master in Globalization Studies and a Graduate Diploma in Water Without Borders from the United Nations University (Institute for Water, Environment and Health), Dona is continuously engaging the water community in multi-stakeholder dialogue, locally and internationally, and hosting inspiring spaces to encourage systems-thinking. Through developing her own capacity at promoting creative disruption, she
hopes to motivate others by the power of innovative ideas to change the water space and beyond. She is thrilled to be able to share with the Design with Dialogue community stories and processes from her transformative journey in Warriors Without Weapons/ Guerreiros Sem Armas.

Venue & Address: 
Lambert Lounge, Room 187 100 McCaul Street Toronto, Ontario  
Website: 
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Email: 
<p><a href="mailto:pjones@ocadu.ca">pjones@ocadu.ca</a></p>
Cost: 
RSVP

Design With Dialogue

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 10:00pm to Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 1:00am

 

The issues facing working parents are most often posed at either the individual level (“How can I achieve better work-life balance?”) or at the level of society at large (“Should Canada have a national child-care strategy?). On Wednesday October 8, Jane Thompson will lead a Design With Dialogue session centred on the question “How can community-level change help working families?”. Can local initiatives like babysitting co-ops, community kitchens and pedestrian school-buses transform the lives of working parents?  Jane would like your help considering this question.

 

Jane will introduce the session with an overview of the issues facing working moms and dads, and how reframing our understanding, at both the individual and the family level, can help us navigate our way to greater resilience and sanity.

 

While these family issues are played out against the backdrop of broad social policies (including paid parental leave, child-care subsidies, and full-day kindergarten), this session will focus on how we can address the challenges of working families at a community level. Please join this lively workshop conversation.

 

THE HOST

Jane Thompson is the author of Resilient Woman: Weaving Together Work, Family, and Self. She writes and speaks on the challenges and opportunities faced by working families.  A working mother herself, Jane has a PhD in women’s history, as well as a business degree, and a certification as a life coach. As part of her broad commitment to helping people live their best lives, she also works as the executive director of a national scholarship program, granting $1.4 million in undergraduate funding each year.

DESIGN WITH DIALOGUE

Design with Dialogue (DwD) is an open community of practice learning together to lead organizational & community change through participatory design, strategic dialogue and emerging facilitation methods.

We gather monthly to convene workshops as a practice in social design to engage the organizations, projects, and civic communities to which we're committed.

Join us from 6-9pm on the second Wednesday of every month at OCAD's Lambert Lounge.

DwD is coordinated by:

Peter Jones
OCADU professor and Principal at Redesign

Greg Judelman
Chief Design Officer at The Moment

Kaitlin Almack
Process Facilitator at ICA Associates

Christopher Lee
Principal at Potluck Projects

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Lambert Lounge, Room 187 100 McCaul Street M5T 1W1 &nbsp; &nbsp;
Website: 
http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/we-know-it-takes-a-village-but-how-does-that-work-dwd-08102014-tickets-13435829929
Cost: 
Free