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  • COMPLEXITY

    China syndrome

    October 15, 2017

    Meet Principal Zhou who runs a public elementary school in China.  He is proud and delighted at the start-of-the-art facilities he has created: multi-story extensions, a rubberized...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • COMPLEXITY

    Tough Guys Don’t Come Seventh

    August 13, 2017

    I was thinking about jingoism while enjoying a sparkling performance of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony last night.  It rather muddied the delight. Before the concert began I had been...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • COMPLEXITY

    Moses parted the Red Sea; Trump might be drowning in a swamp

    August 6, 2017

    Once upon a time, in a city of sparkling towers by the sea, there lived a property developer prone to ambitious schemes, certainty about his own rightness, overweening arrogance and a...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • COMPLEXITY

    Both Jane and Tarzan

    August 2, 2017

    This is a tale of one city, one movie, and two books.  Between the two books we find a central polarity of governing and urban planning.  Let’s call it the polarity of Jane and...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • COMPLEXITY

    Why we write—and read—books

    July 16, 2017

    There are some times when it seems that writing a book is a futile endeavor. Like when people ask me for a one page summary because they really don’t have time for books. In fact, three...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • BELIEFS

    Doing democracy rather than having it

    July 14, 2017

    One of the maxims taught to young journalists is that all news is local.  It is also most powerful when it is personal. Liu Xiaobo died yesterday in captivity.  The...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • CHANGE

    In a deluge of data look for surprises, not confirmation

    May 28, 2017

    By Jennifer and Wendy (This was also published on the Re:work Google blog) Have you ever tried to find a clear pathway but ended up drowning in data that seem to make everything...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • COMPLEXITY

    Dans mons regne, le deluge

    May 18, 2017

    “Après moi le deluge” is a commonly cited French expression attributed to French King Louis XV or his mistress Madame de Pompadour.  It can mean, “after I am dead, I don’t care...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • CHANGE

    Preserving a pole

    April 11, 2017

      I went to an unusual 30th birthday party earlier this month and it has made me think a lot about the distinctions we teach about between problems and polarities and how to think...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • ADULT DEVELOPMENT

    Women's Ways of Knowing

    March 14, 2017

    On February 26th, the Academy awarded the prestigious Best Actor prize to Casey Affleck, a man who has recently been publicly accused of sexual harassment. Mel Gibson, whose reputation in...

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    By Carolyn Coughlin

  • WHOLE SELF

    Living fully, if too briefly

    February 22, 2017

    Our friend and colleague Tim Pidsley died this weekend in his home in Christchurch. Last week Tim went on the grueling and beautiful BDO Wellington to Auckland cycle challenge. He seems...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • BELIEFS

    Three hopeful ideas about change for weary travelers

    February 19, 2017

    I have a client I’ve been working with for several years now. As we began our work together, I was just finishing the last chapters of Changing on the Job as they were embracing the...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • CHANGE

    Only Connect

    February 13, 2017

    In the tumult of the last few months, I have turned more and more often to old and orderly fiction to soothe myself (a pursuit in which I apparently have company). After meandering...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • CHANGE

    Clinically fake

    February 11, 2017

    Is it time to get clinical about fake news? I started a blog in early December about fake news.  Since then the meaning of the phrase has been so transformed that a different story...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • CHANGE

    Fighting Fire with Fire

    January 30, 2017

    It’s hard to believe that it’s only been eight days since the phrase, “President Trump” has become a reality.  How could so much have changed so quickly?  Those in danger and in...

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    By Wendy Bittner

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