What is GLEN for the World?

A Learning Community

We believe we have only begun to find the methods and practices necessary to step up to global challenges like pandemics, racial injustice, global warming, migration, AI, and the like. We are passionate about inquiry and then co-designing media and tools that others can use. What is our legacy for the next generation?

A Crucible for Real Change

We know that people need to gather and exchange what they know, ask important questions, embrace real differences, and form brand new relationships across disciplines, distance and cultures. This co-inquiry and co-witnessing opens us up and provides a crucible for real change to occur.

A Platform for Collaboration  

Our network is supported by a non-profit organization with a contemporary learning management system, ability to launch all kinds of programs, and support longer term projects that can have real impact. Members are the source of initiatives and our aim is to support emergence solutions and approaches that have vision and promise.

Purposely Diverse ...

Organization consultants, social activists, community leaders, writers, designers,  musicians,  poets, scientists, ceremonialists, and visual practitioners interested in helping co-create a more collaborative future.

...and Dispersed

Our members believe that having respected, cross-boundary conversations about hope,  justice, vision, innovation, and resilience is critical in these times.

And when these conversations and ideas arise from a diversity of relationships between people that really come to know and care about each other, and hold the shared intention of going deeper, and giving back what they discover...

...then people and systems CAN change and transform.

Here are some of the representative voices

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Bassam Alkharashi 
Founder i-be Hub, Saudi Arabia
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Phil Bakelaar   
OD Professor, Clergy, New Jersey
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Tamara Wall
Climate Social Scientist, Nevada
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Joran Oppelt
Creativity & Innovation, Florida
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Sylwia Lewandowska
Transformation Eagle-Angel, Poland
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Alan Briskin
Collective Wisdom author, California
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Karolina Iwa
Intercultural Psychologist, Germany
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Mary Gelinas
Leadership Developer, California
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Rob Eskridge 
Strategy Consultant , California
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Ronita Johnson
Playwright, Artist, Activist, California
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Paulo Gregory.
Designer, Community Builder, Maryland
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Aftab Omer
Meridian University President, California
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Kennan Salerno
Chemist, ReImagine Science, California
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Mathias Weitbrecht
Visual "Seer," Germany
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Marco Ceretti
Management Consultant, Italy

Guided by Our Social Change Model...

 

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...and Asking Lots of Questions

Questions

These questions have been especially energizing to GLEN members. They are constantly evolving.

  • World Crises Response: How are crises landing for us personally; what competencies do leaders need to face these crises; how can we form trusted collaborations to amplify emerging solutions?
  • Racism: What is our complicity in systemic racism? How do our sentiments about racism translate into action? What impacts might we have?
  • Blending virtual and face-to-face work:  Remote work is ubiquitous, along with a vast array of tools that support it. How can practitioners blend these opportunities with traditional practice?
  • Balancing inner development and outer structures:  Change leaders need tools and knowledge that can be learned and practiced. But personhood is equally important. OD practitioners have long known that to be truly facilitative in settings with complex human dynamics, success often depends on one’s ability to be personally aware and reflective. How can both aspects be honored?
  • Pairing visual with dialogic practice:  We’ve discovered the complementarity of visual practice and dialogue as being hopeful and important when working with complex systems. Visuals allow people to see and explore the whole, while the dialogic approach allows understanding across differences. How can the two together allow for evocative narratives to emerge?
  • Supporting collaborative networks:  We suspect that having clear collaboration infrastructures is necessary for collective impact. How are these created, and what should they look like?
  • Dealing with complexity:  Continually expanding levels of access to information, new techniques of interpretation, and social communication technologies are challenging everyone. What would Sensemaking 2.0 look like? How can we keep the dangers of over-simplification in mind? How do we balance larger system initiatives with local needs and cultures?

  • Keeping whole systems in mind while working on parts:  Living systems have ways of adapting around single-point interventions. What is the role of leaders in this? How do generative images and visualization help in this process? What is the role of energetic and social fields?

  • Working with unintended consequences:  Systems respond inside and outside the range of human perception. Surprises seem to be increasing. How do we adapt and stay resilient?

  • Creating new trusted narratives:  In a world that is socially constructing its realities, inventing new stories and interpretations is relatively easy. But how can we create new stories that are trustworthy and have real sustaining power? Are there universal archetypes underlying the variety of human interpretations? Can we identify principles and frameworks for collective action? What developmental capabilities are needed to hold differences in inclusive, respectful engagement?Working with collective shadows:  How, in change work, can leaders both sense into and learn to work with unexamined and even taboo forces that can erupt when repressed or ignored?

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c/o The Grove Consultants International
1000 O'Reilly Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94129

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