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Our Wish List

The following list represents a short sampling of some of the projects we would be excited to participate in. They all involve engaging multiple stakeholders in ongoing conversations and collaborations to help them to invent their way out of their problems. They are messy. In general there is no obvious way forward. The participants generally don’t agree on the problem, let alone its solution. And the participants are unsure of how they can effectively work together even if they know they must.  These include:

  • Helping to identify the practices and processes that produce true partners in a private-public partnership.
  • Creating a coordinated regional workforce strategy that involves employers, educators, community groups and public agencies.
  • Helping to define a community economic development strategy for a small to medium- sized community, one that has a limited economic base, possibly only one major employer and is probably seeing its population in steady decline as people move to larger urban areas.
  • Helping to create a shared community possibility that embraces sustainability, prosperity and human well being.
  • Supporting a health care dialogue directed at health outcomes instead of insurance or other ideological wars about who’s going to pay.
  • Helping to construct an organizational culture of stewardship and service in order to respond to a complex environment where governance is distributed and no one is or can be in charge.
  • Helping to envision how our cities might be reconstructed to meet the human and social needs of our communities. For instance, if we were to build our cities from scratch today and knowing what we know today, how would we do things differently?
  • Undertaking an exercise to reframe the model of our economy for a post-industrial era.
  • Working with public, private and civic organizations involved in public safety and emergency preparedness to facilitate a system of collective learning that is quick and effective, while coordinating multiple players, multiple sectors, and multiple levels of government.
  • Engaging in a conversation to envision the nature of a mature post-modern democracy which is open, participative, and constructed in such a way as to leverage the knowledge and resources of its entire citizenry as co-owners and co-partners in their own governance through tools such as wikis, social media, and stigmergic collaboration.

If any of these scenarios resonate with you, please call us at 613-355-6505 and we can talk.


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