Category Archives: Change agents

Leading Change: Breaking Through the Fear of Mistakes

One of the most underestimated reasons for change to fail is the fear of failure.  Fear of failure can be deeply embedded in the organization. In the way targets are set, in the way performance and success is managed, in … Continue reading

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The Power of Positive Deviance: How Unlikely Innovators Solve the World’s Toughest Problems

Think of the toughest problems in your organization or community. What if they’d already been solved and you didn’t even know it? In The Power of Positive Deviance, the authors present a counterintuitive new approach to problem-solving. Their advice? Leverage … Continue reading

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A Change Maker’s Guide to Economic Paradigms

We are in the midst of a collapsing economic paradigm. This is evident in the widespread wealth inequality, absence of strong civic institutions, corrosive infusion of money into our broken democracy, and a deteriorated environment ravaged by a profound blindness … Continue reading

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Agents of change

Conventional economic models failed to foresee the financial crisis. Could agent-based modelling do better? Mainstream economics has always had its dissidents. But the discipline’s failure to predict the financial crisis has made the ground especially fertile for a rethink. Critics … Continue reading

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Seven steps to better brainstorming: Brainsteering

Most attempts at brainstorming are doomed. To generate better ideas—and boost the odds that your organization will act on them—start by asking better questions. We call our approach “brainsteering,” and while it requires more preparation than traditional brainstorming, the results … Continue reading

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The dynamics of change: dealing with power dynamics

Read Politics and power are at the heart of any effective multi-stakeholder processes, MSP. After all, power differences are often at the root of economic and social inequality, unsustainable resource use and conflict. Not recognising this, or ignoring its implications, … Continue reading

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The Youth Crisis: Twenty reasons why it’s kicking off everywhere

Twenty reasons why it’s kicking off everywhere We’ve had revolution in Tunisia, Egypt’s Mubarak is teetering; in Yemen, Jordan and Syria suddenly protests have appeared. In Ireland young techno-savvy professionals are agitating for a “Second Republic”; in France the youth … Continue reading

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How can I Influence my Students in developing their Creativity and Critical Thinking – an Action Research expedition

Read This dissertation is a self-study in the growth of awareness in the practice of my personal values that provide me with standards of judgment against which I test the influence I try to exercise on the development of motivation … Continue reading

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Change projects – Which sounds more like your projects?

Viking ships   Changes ultimately come to life through the individuals who have to do their jobs differently as a result of a project or initiative. Whether the project involves a process impacting 15 people, a new technology impacting 150 … Continue reading

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Net work: a practical guide to creating and sustaining networks at work and in the world

Net work: a practical guide to creating and sustaining networks at work and in the world   Patti Anklam provides a guide for leaders and participants to work within and lead purposeful social networks in the world. Awareness of networks … Continue reading

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