The Birth of Conversation Mapping

Conversation Mapping

The development of many of the Systemic leadership techniques we work with, with businesses, governments and not-for-profit organisations started their life through efforts to support small rural communities perplexed by the rapid changes disrupting traditional practices. The Conversation Map now used in boardrooms around the world was first conceived in a squatter settlement outside Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea. Leaders of this settlement (known as the Horse Camp) were trying to get a U.N. development agency to install clean reticulated water. At the time a U.N. policy factor and a … [Read more...]

We the People: Civic Engagement as a Systemic Process

One of three conversation maps from the workshop.

We’ve all seen it: photos of young and old people of all colors and sizes holding up incisive and sometimes sassy cardboard signs commenting on or accusing big business, government, the Man of all the things that are true and relevant about our times that need to change. And these days, there is a surge of these photos far and wide from cities all across the world. What are they doing? They are participating in an egalitarian process that is known as the Occupy Movement. There is a strong legacy of civic engagement stemming back to the 1910s and the Suffragette Movement, the 1920s during … [Read more...]