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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

  • DavidCallingtheCircle!!!!S
    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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Femmie Sibbet

Hi David,
This is so beautifully written. Thank you for sharing this with friends and family.
You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers for months... I simply didn't know what to say about Susan passing, except that I am so very sorry.

You mention experiencing joy AND grief, together. That to me, is "unsurpassable peace" that I have also experienced through great loss. It is a supernatural experience. This is the gift we receive from God when we take time to "slow down" and simply "be thankful", like you wrote so beautifully. I strive for that more and more as I get older and encounter more valleys along with the mountains.

You really have received gifts through this most difficult year, David, and I believe in my heart you will continue to.
Thank you so much for expressing these words of love, kindness, and hope. You are giving others strength, even when you may feel weak. Our love extends out to you and the family.
Love, your cousin Femmie

Susan Berry

Hello David,

Once upon a time you wrote about the value of transparency in facilitation work. You urged facilitators to let a group's ideas take shape on a chart in their own words, without additional interpretation.

This is a high standard to keep. Often, while facilitating, there is the temptation to add a 'better' word or rush to the next phase of the work. The urge to push experience rather than wait, and listen, and feel for what is there. Yet I know that the transparency of what is recorded enables people to share ideas openly, and come to their own clarity and conclusions.

Reading your retrospective of 2013, I am struck by its clarity and transparency. The contrasting experiences of your professional achievement, Susan's death, your grief, healing and community are offered without additional interpretation. I am able, through reading what you have recorded, to see more clearly what is of value in life and to come to my own conclusions about what, in this moment, is dear.

For many years, your facilitation tools, methods, and model have inspired me. Now the life experience you embody and report provides another kind of mentorship. Thank you for the clarity of vision you have gained from this past year, and for passing on this gift.

With deep appreciation,

Susan Berry

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