The Importance of Purposeless Play

Not that long ago, my daughter spent a rainy afternoon drawing. She made drawings of fancy clothes, delicious cupcakes, unicorns, mermaids, and about everything else you’d expect a 10 year old to be inspired by. The stack of papers grew and grew, until I finally asked her what she was … Read More

How Genuine Contact taught me what it means for organizations when “People are Precious”

A number of years ago, as I was beginning to work with the Genuine Contact approach, I had the opportunity to participate in a bid with two more experienced colleagues. While we were writing the proposal I remember being surprised when my colleagues chose to include a phrase in which … Read More

From One Leader to Many Leaders

Published in the At Work Journal by Berrett-Koehler, 1997 and again in Leverage Journal 1997. A Canadian social services organization incorporates Open Space into its culture and thrives For ten years, I was CEO of a Canadian social services organization. I had been in this position for six years before … Read More

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