Welcome to the Strategic Doing Virtual Conference (#sdpc2021)! Here's an overview of each day's sessions.

For more session details, visit the tabs for each conference day above.

August 1 - Day 0

Join us for a pre-conference session to get up to speed on the latest in Strategic Doing.

Session 1: Strategic Doing in a Nutshell

10:00-11:00am Pacific Time  |  Speaker(s): Ed Morrison


August 2 - Day 1  |  8am - 11am Pacific

Join us for the first half-day of the conference.

Session 1: Welcome, Introduction, and Conference Overview

8:00-8:45am Pacific Time  |  Speaker(s): Adrian Parr, Rich Margerum


Session 2: Strategic Doing: Where We Stand & Where We're Going

9:00-9:30am Pacific Time  |  Speaker(s): Ed Morrison


Session 3: Keynote - John Hagel on The Journey Beyond Fear

9:30-10:45am Pacific Time  |  Speaker(s): Ed Morrison, John Hagel


Day 1 Wrap-Up

10:45-11:00am Pacific Time


August 3 - Day 2  |  7am - 10am & 12pm - 3pm Pacific

Day 2 features conversations that help us better understand who should join us to help strengthen our civic economy.

Session 1: Research & Evaluation in Strategic Doing: Practitioner Perspectives

7:00-8:30am Pacific Time  |  Speaker(s): Bob ParkerCarr Biggerstaff, Doug Barrett, Scott Hutcheson


Session 2: Confronting Complexity: Preparing Ourselves Through Practice

8:45-10:00am Pacific Time  |  Speaker(s): Steve Hart, Wayne Tarken


Long Break

10:00am -12:00pm Pacific Time


Session 3: Keynote - Jonathan Salk & David Wilk on A New Reality

12:00-1:00pm Pacific Time  |  Speaker(s): Jonathan Salk, David Wilk


Session 4: Broadening Our Reach: Insights from Practice

1:15-2:45pm Pacific Time  |  Speaker(s): Bijou L'ambassadeur, Bob Brown, Josh Bruce, Kenyetta Dotson, Tracy Jon Sargent


Day 2 Wrap-Up

2:45-3:00pm Pacific Time


August 4 - Day 3  |  7am - 10am & 12pm - 3pm Pacific

Day 3 features conversations that help us better understand how we overcome fear and take the leap to the next S-Curve. We'll explore the ingenious ways SD practitioners are addressing complex, wicked challenges around the world.

During Session 2, you'll have the chance to pick from a number of breakout topics - join whichever breakout seems most interesting to you!

Session 1: Strategic Doing, Dynamic Evaluation, and Collaboration Science

7:00-8:30am Pacific Time  |  Speaker(s):Rich MargerumScott Dempwolf, Sebastian Hamers


Session 2a: Accelerating University Research Teams

8:45-10:00am Pacific Time  |  Speaker(s): Jeff Agnoli


Session 2b: Effectual Innovation: Bringing Innovation to Large Organizations

8:45-10:00am Pacific Time  |  Speaker(s): Paidi O'Reilly


Session 2c: Moving to Collective Action on Climate Change: Growing Greener Communities

8:45-10:00am Pacific Time  |  Speaker(s): Mick Smyer, Kim Mitchell


Session 2d: Rebuilding Manufacturing Commons in Regional Economies

8:45-10:00am Pacific Time  |  Speaker(s): Brad Beach


Session 2e: What Are We Learning in Rural Economies with Strategic Doing?

8:45-10:00am Pacific Time  |  Speaker(s): Jane RoganKevin Heanue, Margo Fliss, Titus Tomlinson


Session 2f: An Andy Stoll Interview: Ecosystem Builders in Alberta, Calgary, and Iowa City

10:00-11:15am Pacific Time (note - different time than other breakout sessions)  | Speaker(s): Andy Stoll, Carla Otto, Terry Rock, Tom Banta


Long Break

10:00am -12:00pm Pacific Time


Session 3: Keynote - Conversation with Ecuador's Minister of Production & Trade, Julio José Prado

12:00-1:00pm Pacific Time  |  Speaker(s): Julio José Prado, Ed Morrison


Session 4: Hands-On Workshop: Creating a Strategy for Intentional Participation in your Process

1:15-2:45pm Pacific Time  |  Speaker(s): Monique G. López, Aniko Drlik-Muehleck


Day 3 Wrap-Up

2:45-3:00pm Pacific Time


August 5 - Day 3  |  8am - 11am Pacific

Join us for the half-day conclusion of the conference. As with any good Strategic Doing endeavor, we'll leave with small actions we can each take to foster learning networks in the Strategic Doing community.

Sign up for the Learning Network you'd like to participate in today here (link coming).

Session 1: Overview: Building Strategic Doing Learning Networks

8:00-8:15am Pacific Time  |  Speaker(s): Ed Morrison


Session 2: Learning Network Strategy Workshop - Part 1

8:15-9:15am Pacific Time


Session 3: Learning Network Strategy Workshop - Part 2

9:30-10:45am Pacific Time


Day 4 Wrap-Up

10:45-11:00am Pacific Time


August 1 - Day 0

Join us for a pre-conference session to get up to speed on the latest in Strategic Doing.

Session 1: Strategic Doing in a Nutshell

10:00-11:00am Pacific Time  |  Speaker(s): Ed Morrison

In this session, we share how Strategic Doing developed and why it works. Ed Morrison will give a thumbnail sketch of his recently completed Ph.D. dissertation. If you haven't read the dissertation or are relatively new to Strategic Doing, come check it out! Participants will receive the completed dissertation.

Who Should Join

  • Those who are new or newer to SD
  • Those who are new to Ed's dissertation work

August 2 - Day 1  |  8am - 11am Pacific

Join us for the first half-day of the conference.

Session 1: Welcome, Introduction, and Conference Overview

8:00-8:45am Pacific Time  |  Speaker(s): Adrian Parr, Rich Margerum

Join us for the conference kickoff to meet other SD practitioners and get an overview of what to expect from the conference.

Who Should Join

  • Everyone!

Session 2: Strategic Doing: Where We Stand & Where We're Going

9:00-9:30am Pacific Time  |  Speaker(s): Ed Morrison

The pandemic accelerated the development of Strategic Doing. Here's an update. In addition, we'll preview some exciting developments on the horizon.

Who Should Join

  • Everyone!

Session 3: Keynote - John Hagel on The Journey Beyond Fear

9:30-10:45am Pacific Time  |  Speaker(s): Ed Morrison, John Hagel

No book hits home like The Journey Beyond Fear. As we design what's next, it's natural to encounter an immune response to our work. Fear prevents us from moving, learning, and adapting. This conversation with John Hagel will give us some powerful insights on crafting a path past fear.

Find an overview of the book here.

Purchase the book here. This is a must-read for Strategic Doers!

Who Should Join

  • Everyone!

Day 1 Wrap-Up

10:45-11:00am Pacific Time

Hear an overview of Day 2 activities and continue the conversation. There will be an optional opportunity for participants to discuss takeaways from John Hagel's talk in breakout rooms.

August 3 - Day 2  |  7am - 10am & 12pm - 3pm Pacific

Day 2 features conversations that help us better understand who should join us to help strengthen our civic economy.

Session 1: Research & Evaluation in Strategic Doing: Practitioner Perspectives

7:00-8:30am Pacific Time  |  Speaker(s): Bob ParkerCarr Biggerstaff, Doug Barrett, Scott Hutcheson

Practitioners need a solid foundation in evaluation, and many of us are seeking to strengthen our practice here. Join this session to learn more about how to approach evaluation and, in the process, build an even more solid research base to support Strategic Doing.

Who Should Join

  • Practitioners who manage SD processes
  • Those with an interest in research related to SD

Session 2: Confronting Complexity: Preparing Ourselves Through Practice

8:45-10:00am Pacific Time  |  Speaker(s): Steve Hart, Wayne Tarken

What lessons are we learning about preparing the next generation of leaders in these turbulent times? In this session, we will learn about how Steve Hart and Wayne Tarken are integrating Strategic Doing into executive education at the University of Pennsylvania and introducing its key elements into the corporate world. And its evolution as part of an integrated agile leadership model to inspire an emerging generation of corporate leaders hungry for change.

Who Should Join

  • Everyone!

Long Break

10:00am -12:00pm Pacific Time


Session 3: Keynote - Jonathan Salk & David Wilk on A New Reality

12:00-1:00pm Pacific Time  |  Speaker(s): Jonathan Salk, David Wilk

Years ago, Jonas Salk developed a powerful framework to orient us toward the challenge of sustainability. Jonas' son Jonathan Salk took up this work, and with the help of David Wilk, he republished A New Reality. Join Jonathan and David as they explored the lessons for our work in Strategic Doing.

Find an overview of the book here.

Purchase a copy here. This is an important foundational read for Strategic Doers!

Who Should Join

  • Everyone!

Session 4: Broadening Our Reach: Insights from Practice

1:15-2:45pm Pacific Time  |  Speaker(s): Bijou L'ambassadeur, Bob Brown, Josh Bruce, Kenyetta Dotson, Tracy Jon Sargent

What determines whether people consider an environment to be safe or unsafe? In their 2016 Journal of Environmental Psychology article, Rijwsigk, Rooks, and Haans report, “substantial individual variability in susceptibility to safety-related environmental characteristics.” In other words, safety is in the eye of the beholder. This session seeks to answer the following questions:

  • How do trust, privilege, and process influence the creation and maintenance of “safe spaces” in SD convenings?
  • How might SD practitioners develop and plan convenings that contribute to deeper, community-scale collaborations?
  • How can SD engagements be designed to ensure that all participants are truly committed and invested in each other’s individual and collective success?

We will hear from a panel of SD process participants who will share their experiences with SD and their perspectives on these questions.

Who Should Join

  • Everyone!

Day 2 Wrap-Up

2:45-3:00pm Pacific Time

Hear an overview of Day 3 activities and continue the conversation. There will be an optional opportunity for participants to discuss takeaways from any of the day's conversations in breakout rooms.

August 4 - Day 3  |  7am - 10am & 12pm - 3pm Pacific

Day 3 features conversations that help us better understand how we overcome fear and take the leap to the next S-Curve. We'll explore the ingenious ways SD practitioners are addressing complex, wicked challenges around the world.

During Session 2, you'll have the chance to pick from a number of breakout topics - join whichever breakout seems most interesting to you!

Session 1: Strategic Doing, Dynamic Evaluation, and Collaboration Science

7:00-8:30am Pacific Time  |  Speaker(s): Rich Margerum, Scott Dempwolf, Sebastian Hamers

In applied areas of work like Strategic Doing, it is important for practitioners to reflect and be informed by research. In turn, applied research benefits from grounded work and experimental practices to advance knowledge and understanding. This session presents two concepts related to the science of collaboration: C. Scott Dempwolf (University of Maryland) will discuss social network analysis and Sebasitan Hamers (Human Insight) will explain cognitive diversity. Through a panel discussion and breakout groups, we will discuss these concepts and consider how they may be applied in a Strategic Doing context.

Who Should Join

  • Practitioners who manage SD processes
  • Those with an interest in research related to SD

Session 2a: Accelerating University Research Teams

8:45-10:00am Pacific Time  |  Speaker(s): Jeff Agnoli

University research administrators face a daunting challenge: forming and guiding complex collaborations among multi-disciplinary research teams. Jeff Agnoli from The Ohio State University will guide a discussion of the promising practices we are learning and discover ways to improve strategic doing and its application to university research.

Who Should Join

  • Those interested in higher education and complex bureaucracies

Session 2b: Effectual Innovation: Bringing Innovation to Large Organizations

8:45-10:00am Pacific Time  |  Speaker(s): Paidi O'Reilly

Innovation is not a project … nor an event … nor an initiative. We believe innovation is about creating an activating environment. Accelerating innovation within large organizations presents us with a stubborn problem. Existing structures keep organizations stable. Effectual innovation is about creating an environment within large organizations for ordinary people to do extraordinary things that can change the cultures and futures of the organizations. This happens when spaces are created at the edges of our organizations, outside the gravitational pull of the core, to do new things in new ways. It is about the 10x thinking that comes from allowing 'wild grass to grow' from the edges and that can spread into the core of our organizations. This session will explore how this can be made happen.

Who Should Join

  • Those interested in how to make change in large bureaucracies and governments

Session 2c: Moving to Collective Action on Climate Change: Growing Greener Communities

8:45-10:00am Pacific Time  |  Speaker(s): Mick Smyer, Kim Mitchell

It’s time to act on the climate crisis. About half of us are in the “worried middle”: we know climate change is happening but we don’t know what to do about it. Two-thirds of us rarely even talk about climate change with family members or friends. It’s time to move them from anxiety to action, individually and collectively. What will that look like? Join us as we share the process of creating a new strategic doing pilot, Growing Greener Communities.

Who Should Join

  • Those interested in climate change and collective action on wicked problems

Session 2d: Rebuilding Manufacturing Commons in Regional Economies

8:45-10:00am Pacific Time  |  Speaker(s): Brad Beach

Brad Beach of Steamchest and Nino Ardilio from Fraunhofer Institute in Germany have pulled together a team to work on a challenge: rebuilding the manufacturing commons in our regional economies. Join to hear what they're learning.

Who Should Join

  • Those interested in manufacturing and economic development

Session 2e: What Are We Learning in Rural Economies with Strategic Doing?

8:45-10:00am Pacific Time  |  Speaker(s): Jane RoganKevin Heanue, Margo Fliss, Titus Tomlinson

Join a lively discussion of practitioners from the US and Europe as we delve into deploying Strategic Doing in rural spaces. Find out how practitioners have deployed Strategic Doing to build and support community engagement and economic development to generate positive change in a rural setting.

Who Should Join

  • Those interested in rural development

Session 2f: An Andy Stoll Interview: Ecosystem Builders in Alberta, Calgary, and Iowa City

10:00-11:15am Pacific Time (note - different time than other breakout sessions)  | Speaker(s): Andy Stoll, Carla Otto, Terry Rock, Tom Banta

No one organization or individual can build an entrepreneurial ecosystem alone, it requires alignment, cooperation and collaboration between many, often disparate, players - including entrepreneurs, economic developers, investors, incubators, policy makers, educators and more. To strengthen their entrepreneurial ecosystems, Alberta Innovates, Platform Calgary, and the Iowa City Area Development Group (ICAD) have adopted  the skills of Strategic Doing.. Hear the history of their work and an update on what they are learning. We’ll also spend part of this session discussing, as a group, how we can do more to support ecosystem builders who are using the skills of Strategic Doing in their efforts.

Who Should Join

  • Those interested in entrepreneurial ecosystem building

Long Break

10:00am -12:00pm Pacific Time


Session 3: Keynote - Conversation with Ecuador's Minister of Production & Trade, Julio José Prado

12:00-1:00pm Pacific Time  |  Speaker(s): Julio José Prado, Ed Morrison

We are moving to large-scale deployments of Strategic Doing in Alberta, Puerto Rico, and now Ecuador. In May, Julio Jose Prado, a Strategic Doing practitioner, became the Minister of Production and Trade in Ecuador. Julio is a former professor at IDE Business School, an economist, and an expert in cluster development.

One of his first initiatives: train over fifty leaders from business and government in the skills of Strategic Doing. We worked with Julio to design a QuickStart initiative to launch Strategic Doing across Ecuador in both Quito and Guayaquil.

Our conversation will explore how we designed the initiative in partnership with Ubaldo Cordova, Executive Vice President at the University of Puerto Rico.

Who Should Join

  • Everyone!

Session 4: Hands-On Workshop: Creating a Strategy for Intentional Participation in your Process

1:15-2:45pm Pacific Time  |  Speaker(s): Monique G. López, Aniko Drlik-Muehleck

How do you broaden participation in Strategic Doing processes? Monique G. López, a Social Justice Planner and founder of Pueblo Planning, will share their approach to building inclusive processes. We'll then lead you through a series of activities to help you develop your own plan for focusing participation in your processes. You'll begin to identify who might be missing from your processes and outline a strategy for how to build relationships and trust with these groups and individuals.

Who Should Join

  • Everyone!

Day 3 Wrap-Up

2:45-3:00pm Pacific Time

Hear an overview of Day 4 activities and continue the conversation. There will be an optional opportunity for participants to discuss takeaways from any of the day's conversations in breakout rooms.

August 5 - Day 3  |  8am - 11am Pacific

Join us for the half-day conclusion of the conference. As with any good Strategic Doing endeavor, we'll leave with small actions we can each take to foster learning networks in the Strategic Doing community.

Sign up for the Learning Network you'd like to participate in today here (link coming).

Session 1: Overview: Building Strategic Doing Learning Networks

8:00-8:15am Pacific Time  |  Speaker(s): Ed Morrison

In his book, The Journey Beyond Fear, John Hagel talks about the importance of "creation spaces." Within these spaces, practitioners learn from each other and form deeper bonds of trust. As Strategic Doing has evolved, practitioners have sought connections with other practitioners facing similar challenges.

This day provides you the opportunity to connect with practitioners and learn from them.

Who Should Join

  • Everyone!

Session 2: Learning Network Strategy Workshop - Part 1

8:15-9:15am Pacific Time

What could we do? What should we do? Select the Learning Network you'd like to be part of and meet your fellow Doers. Begin to discuss how your Learning Network evolves after the conference.

Learning Networks

  • Rural economies
  • Entrepreneurial ecosystems
  • Collaboration platforms
  • Workforce development
  • Elementary and secondary education
  • Digital transformation in manufacturing
  • Climate change
  • Strategic Doing and civil servants: peer-to-peer learning groups
  • Research and evaluation

Session 3: Learning Network Strategy Workshop - Part 2

9:30-10:45am Pacific Time

What will we do? What's our 30/30? Return to your Learning Network and create an action plan for moving the Network forward.

Learning Networks

  • Rural economies
  • Entrepreneurial ecosystems
  • Collaboration platforms
  • Workforce development
  • Elementary and secondary education
  • Digital transformation in manufacturing
  • Climate change
  • Strategic Doing and civil servants: peer-to-peer learning groups
  • Research and evaluation

Day 4 Wrap-Up

10:45-11:00am Pacific Time

Discuss opportunities to continue the conversation - this is just the beginning!