Nexus Global Network

What is Next? What is Possible?

A Three Level Approach to Possibilities

The Tools & Methods for Collaborative Change

Leaders, Activists, Practitioners

Scholars, Students

Global Issues

A. Einstein (via Dr. Gary Mangiofico)

“No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it. We must learn to see the world anew.”

“It is the entrepreneurs of this world that are making the difference, despite the government and big businesses.”

Nancy Coldham, MAIIC

Revolutionary Partnership - Dr. Lennox Joseph

Revolutionary Partnership - Partner with people who are most different from you.

Dr. Roland Livingston

What we do when we leave this place will depend on how we influence each other.

We have a tradition. We can make a difference. We need people who are willing to step up. I will begin helping to make that happen. See if we can make something happen together.

Joanne Preston

Open Space Technology

A simple powerful method for self-organization.

Convene Around a Question

Choose What You are Passionate About

Create a Market Place

Go to Work

Dear Harrison,

Just finished OS in an NGO office in Liberia that deals with malaria prevention, treatment and education. (25 people, 13 topics, 1 day) In the closing circle, I wished you had been there and thought of you everytime someone said "This is our heritage of how we use to do it and it feels good." " This is the first time we sit together in 4 years and it is because of our Liberian past ."" "It is how they do it in our villages and now it brings us closer together and we can be one team, one program." "This is the first time I have seen everyone smile in our office." "People were fully engaged in the room." Immense pride filled the room. (I was asked to go to this office to do some team building. I think it worked, wouldn't you say?)

This team has gone through major transitions from working with malarial concerns in an emergency situation, just after the war to post emergency work; from one country director's style to an opposite country director's style; and a total change of expat management; all in the last 3 months. And, you know what the # 1 topic out of the 13, after they prioritized? LOVE, plain and simple and powerful. A committee is now in charge of finding ways to express it in the office. I think the country director was shocked at that choice but even more surprised that a quiet man who pushes the broom, convened the topic.

I was a bit worried for the first hour as it was very slow moving and I thought I had made the wrong choice, so I left the room and worked on my laptop, to not control the group and close the space. Turns out, no one had ever asked them before for their opinions. That was the hesitancy. The ball started rolling after the first time period.

So, my dear, all comes around and back to Liberia, you and your brillance at capturing the essence of the African culture and bottling it up for the rest of the world to sip. You have touched their hearts deeply. In the closing circle, they didn't thank first I was...gee, no praise for me bringing it to them...HA! "When the best leader's work is done, the people say "We did it ourselves." Lao Tzu.

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