Principles that guide my work

Here is a collection of principles that provide the foundation to the way I work in the world:

  • When problems are increasingly complex there are no simple answers.
  • Whatever the challenge, community is the answer.
  • To create a healthier community, connect it to more of itself.
  • For stronger systems, create stronger relationships.
  • Communities and organizations are living systems, not machines.
  • Living systems cannot be steered, controlled or ‘change managed', they can only be nudged.
  • Human beings are capable of self-organizing, given the right conditions.
  • The way we meet is a model of the future we want to create.
  • Collective clarity of purpose is the invisible leader.
  • Who we are together is always different and more than who we are alone.
  • If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.
  • If it's about us, don't do it without us.
  • The wisdom we need is in the room, it just needs to be connected.
  • We grow in the direction of the questions we ask, ask what's possible, not just what's wrong.
  • Start anywhere, follow it everywhere.
  • Offer what you can, ask for what you need.
  • Expect leadership to come from anywhere.
  • Divergent opinions are okay; innovation comes from diverse perspectives.
  • The groan zone is where new solutions emerge.
  • People support what they've had a hand in creating.
  • Everything's a failure in the middle; change occurs in cycles.
  • We're not planning a meeting, we're planning a harvest.
  • Success comes from planning a process, not just an event.


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