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  • CHANGE

    A twitter of passing clouds

    January 5, 2017

    When meditating or seeking to be present we are often encouraged to notice our thoughts and, rather than being caught in them, to see them as clouds passing across the sky.  Arising and...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • ADULT DEVELOPMENT

    Changing on the Job: Why does adult development matter to you?

    January 4, 2017

    Author’s note: This post is actually a draft of the preface to the Mainland Chinese version of Changing on the Job. My colleague and collaborator, Joey Chan, has asked me to say why I...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • ADULT DEVELOPMENT

    Language and the Sensation of Meaning Making

    January 2, 2017

    Last week, I went SCUBA diving with my two 16-year old children off the southern coast the Dominican Republic. Not a bad way to spend a mid-winter’s day. Last time I spent that much...

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    By Carolyn Coughlin

  • CHANGE

    Ringing in the uncertainties of 2017

    December 29, 2016

    This is the time for looking forward and back, for farewelling the old year and welcoming the new, for learning from the past and noticing our longing for the future. The second half...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • COMPLEXITY

    Whippings, beatings, and tight couplings for the festive season

    December 22, 2016

    Here is a complexity story for the festive season.  It is about whippings, beatings and tightly coupled systems. Shock! Horror! Major US manufacturers of whipped cream have said they...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • BELIEFS

    A Resounding Tinkle

    December 21, 2016

    Well the Trump Cabinet discussions on redressing inequality should be pretty straightforward.  By one calculation the combined worth of his first 17 Cabinet-level picks is equal to the...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • CHANGE

    Phantoms

    November 19, 2016

    I experienced something new this week.  Then I discovered it was a phenomenon. It came up again last night.  We were in Wellington enjoying a fine production of Duncan Macmillan’s...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • BELIEFS

    Chaos

    November 15, 2016

    In this week of the election, I think I am coming to understand what Dave Snowden means when he talks about chaos. Chaos, in his model, is when we cannot see any patterns, when we cannot...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • CHANGE

    Getting busy sitting still

    November 12, 2016

    Nearly a year ago, when my partners and I first started talking about Donald Trump, I said--not really jokingly, “If we elect this man, I’m moving to New Zealand.”  It’s not a...

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    By Wendy Bittner

  • BELIEFS

    Don't knows

    November 10, 2016

    I have a tendency to be over-responsible such that my colleagues often joke that is always Keith’s fault. What about Trump as US President-elect then? Wow. Maybe that’s my fault too?...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • BELIEFS

    Simple habits for bewildering times

    November 10, 2016

    I flew over the US today—from San Francisco to Dallas—and the land looked the same as it always has. Spiky cities with handfuls of suburbs along the coast; crinkled olive hills giving...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • BELIEFS

    Leading in complexity: Four lessons from the field

    October 23, 2016

    Mark Striebeck is a participant in one of our leadership programs, and he is teaching me a lot about complexity. A tall, handsome, and thoughtful engineer, he has approached learning...

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    By Jennifer Garvey Berger

  • CHANGE

    Give him enough rope

    October 17, 2016

      I took this picture in a rope shop in Hamburg a few weeks ago.  Hamburg’s long history as a trading port seems bound up in these sacks of hawsers, sheets, lanyards, painters,...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • COMPLEXITY

    Yes to the Mess

    October 13, 2016

    Almost thirty years ago, when the heat and dust of Managua, Nicaragua became a bit overwhelming, and especially on evenings when the power would fail and the water might be off, Trish and...

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    By Keith Johnston

  • BELIEFS

    Kneeling in contradiction

    October 8, 2016

    Paradoxically, in kneeling Colin Kaepernick was heightening matters.  On his knees he was taking a stand.  And in the midst of a number of such paradoxes I have been wondering about...

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    By Keith Johnston

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