Faculty Bios

Jane Lorand / Director

What inspires me about this work?

I’m inspired as I see people engage, feel safe and find their voice. I love to see how free people feel when the chilling impacts of both complexity and hierarchy fade. They use the critical and systemic principles to build better ideas, overcoming habits of fault-finding and self-doubt. I’m inspired by how people come to see that their colleagues are a lot smarter than they thought they were and that out of unusual group processes, better ideas emerge and become self-evident. (read more)

Bruce McKenzie / Associate Director

What inspires me about this work?

I find satisfaction as I witness how bright, capable but frustrated people quickly grasp the implications of Systemics. They find within themselves, and with each other, the imaginative and pragmatic keys to open up ventures that align with their values and intentions. That break-through inspires me. (read more)

Leslie Loy / Assistant Director

What inspires me about this work?

I am excited time and again when I see people recognize that they actually do have something valuable to contribute. So often, focused on their work and intent on meeting deadlines, they lose sight of the immense knowledge that they each have to offer. Unlocking this through systemic processes and empowering people to speak their dreams, their thoughts, and their worries is relieving and uplifting. I’ve done this work with groups of all ages across multiple spectrums of focus and never cease to feel honored to witness people stepping into their full expression in their work. (read more)

Karen Olson / Special Projects

What inspires me about this work?

I think a lot of us find our brains getting twisted in knots by the kinds of problems our society faces today–they are not problems that we can think our way through in a linear manner because there are too many variables, there is too much complexity. I have long felt that the best way of dealing with these sorts of problems was as a group……..if only we could somehow “think together.” That is why I am so deeply attached to this work–it provides a way of truly and effectively tapping into the wisdom of the group. And because the process incorporates some non-linear elements, the outcomes are always enhanced by discovery and surprise. (read more)