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  •  HBR "75 Years of Management Ideas & Practice"
    I selected the following large Storymap's as representative examples of my information design work at The Grove where I was a lead designer on the project. Each of them were critical in moving us to another level of confidence and excitement about this big picture way of working. What these photos do not show, of course, is the rich process of facilitated design meetings that we led as a way of generating this material.

My Strategic Visioning Collaborators

  • RachelSmith
    I've included this photo album of some of the people in The Grove's associate network that use our facilitation and Strategic Visioning methods integrally in their work. They are my teachers and I theirs. Collaboration networks are behind most truly innovative, robust methodologies, and our is no exception. Claiming credit as an individual would be like a tree claiming credit for the forest. If you aren't here and know that you should be, send me you picture and a writeup and I'll post it.

Partners for Change Model

  • Sustainabilityplayersmap
    These are two supportive visuals for a Partners for Change model I co-designed with Sissel Waage and Ruth Rominger. It shows how we would bring multiple sustainability researchers and activists together around critical issues and support them to create collaborative efforts in media and tool creation.

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It is interesting to reflect that the same education, both religious and secular, that taught us original sin and manifest destiny also planted the seeds of universal love and the pursuit of happiness. Even in the throes of adolescent righteousness, when we railed against war abroad and bigotry at home we quoted the Bible and the Declaration of Independence to support our cause. When righteousness was not effective we became cynical, but what is a cynic if not a disillusioned idealist? The web underpinning our belief system was spun long ago, but we struggle against it, unable to accept the contradictions in an incoherent pattern. That is why we looked to eastern religions in the seventies and then traditional and indigenous belief systems in the nineties and today we cobble together homemade religions. We pick our favorite scenes from this mythology and that one and blend them together in a sort of Joseph Campbell cocktail. But why do these scenes resonate with us? Could it be that when we were five years old and we listened to the stories of Jesus, that the wagon tracks were laid down across the prairies of our internal landscapes and with time and repitition the tracks became ruts so deep that we will never escape them? Is our our love of truth, justice and the American way an echo of Superman reruns playing black and white in our subconscious living rooms, forever?

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