I often think of a good marriage as a generative balance of creative tensions. Same thing with social change. There’s an art to it – not flopping into the easy answer, the dominant narrative, the usual pattern. And the same goes for roles, actions, contributions in a social change network. We tend to show up pretty certain about what’s needed. And the answer tends to align well with our own inclinations. But, if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my many, many years is that not only is the answer not residing in any single one of us, the necessary behavior, the useful contribution is … Read more
Trust is a core principle in change networks – in chaos theory, we’d call trust within human systems a powerful ‘strange attractor’. But what do we mean when we say ‘trust’? And who gets to decide?
When we talk about shifting status quos, we usually mean ‘out there’ somewhere. But while aiming to shift the deadly, distant yet far-reaching, monolithic status quos, let’s not overlook our own – ‘in here’.
The most subtle value in network mapping comes from it’s impact on the imagination.
I became a rabble-rousing, injustice-fighting, demonstrating, boycotting, marching, chanting, banner-carrying, strategizing, counter-culture activist early – by age 13 I’d faced my first line-up of National Guardsmen un-accompanied by any adults who knew me.
Christine is a master at thoughtfully designing surveys, in collaboration with others, but her capacity for analysis is what has really wowed me and others I work with. Christine took a large stack of data and molded it, qualitatively and quantitatively, into a beautiful, useful picture that helped our team make sense of both what we’ve done and also what was emerging. The report Christine wrote about survey data from the Social Innovation Lab we are working on together played an instrumental role in the way we adapted and re-envisioned what we were doing. Christine’s deeply perceives what is happening … Read more