Choosing Comfort →

Brené Brown, talking with Krista Tippett:

Yeah, make a note right now. He or she who chooses comfort — over courage and facilitating real conversations in towns and cities and synagogues and areas who need it; when you choose your own comfort over trying to bring people together, and you’re a leader, either a civic leader or a faith leader, your days of relevance are numbered.

This applies equally to leaders in organisations. A great quote, from a fantastic interview.

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It's Time for an RSS Revival →

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Brian Barrett, writing for Wired:

Still, the lasting appeal of RSS remains the parts that haven’t changed: the unfiltered view of the open web, and the chance to make your own decisions about what you find there.

Amen. RSS has always been a key part of my experience with the web. Hat tip to Stephen Downes for the find, not so coincidentally via my RSS feed.

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Unhurried Conversations →

Johnnie Moore, reflecting on four years of unhurried conversations:

There’s a lot more going on when we talk to each other than an exchange of information. There’s a dance of conversation, where we viscerally respond and reflect to each other. There’s more happening than any transcript could convey.

There’s some really insightful and useful stuff here. I’ve been lucky enough to experience this simple talking-piece process as a participant a couple of times, and really enjoyed it.

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Yarning Circles →

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Isabella Higgins, writing for the ABC:

The school has embraced the morning yarning circle, a practice that has been used in Indigenous cultures for generations, where students can share their ideas and feelings.

There are many forms of the check-in process — a simple practice that gathers people’s attention and focuses everyone. I haven’t heard the term ‘Yarning Circle’ used before. Love it! The circle is deep in all of our bones.

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How Complexity Principles Can Inform Participatory Process Design →

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Chris Corrigan:

… the nature of complex systems compels us to make important design choices when we are facilitating participatory processes to do work in organizations.

Chris has also picked up on Sonja Blignault’s terrific posts on Paul Cilliers’ work on complexity. I’m a big fan of Chris’ work and appreciate these type of reflections on his own experiences working with complexity, and his astute observations. Inspiring stuff.

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