Thoughts On Thrivability

The Power of Place

The Power of Place

Thrivability Montreal.  Thursday, February 21, 2013.  There are fifty of us gathered to explore what we’ve called The Power of Place.  More wanted to come, but the room couldn’t accommodate it.  We should’ve known it would be like this.  So many of us quietly hunger...

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The Practice of Thrivability

The Practice of Thrivability

Thrivability is a worldview, a global movement, and an active practice. Guided by what we know about living systems, it is a continual and purposeful drive to create the fertile conditions for life to thrive at the levels of the individual, the organization, the...

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AoH Montreal: Post-Ecstatic Stress Disorder

AoH Montreal: Post-Ecstatic Stress Disorder

This Art of Hosting stuff – it isn’t all rainbows and unicorns, you know. There are bumps and bruises along the way. Some they tell you about up-front. But some they don’t. The AoH community will tell you about the “groan zone,” for example – the middle point in a...

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AOH Montreal: The Lost Practice of Apprenticeship

AOH Montreal: The Lost Practice of Apprenticeship

January 15.  Months ago, we were thrilled when Toke Møller agreed to come to Montreal to lead our Art of Hosting event. But then he announced his three conditions – each of which would challenge our mental comfort and our egos. He alone would choose the other two...

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AoH Montreal: A Well-Oiled Organism

AoH Montreal: A Well-Oiled Organism

January 13. This evening, we concluded Montreal’s first Art of Hosting event. I’m exhausted after the three-day event and two days of preparation before that. But I’m deeply satisfied. Everything flowed smoothly, despite much complexity, necessarily last-minute...

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AOH Montreal: Preparing the Field

AOH Montreal: Preparing the Field

January 9. We’ve just finished the second day of preparation for a three-day Art of Hosting training to be offered to more than 100 participants. Though the training officially begins tomorrow morning, the learning has already been intense for our team of local...

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Competition in the Age of Collaboration

Competition in the Age of Collaboration

For many years, I’ve spoken about the great promise of seeing organizations as living systems – a view that charts a path to employee engagement, customer loyalty, and organizational resilience. Every once in a while, though, someone will cynically point out that not...

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The Dark Side of Co-Creation

The Dark Side of Co-Creation

Co-creation is one of today’s hottest buzzwords. It’s the idea that a collaborative process of shared creation leads to higher levels of engagement, innovation and resilience. I should love the concept – after all, I’m working to promote a more complete understanding...

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The Dance of Thrivability

The Dance of Thrivability

When I talk about thrivability, I find that many people understand it to be an end goal - an ideal state to aspire to once the real messiness of life has been perfectly sorted out.  I’ve even encountered mild hostility to the concept: “There are people starving in the...

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