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Handling Wicked Problems

By Ed Morrison / March 4, 2021 / Comments Off on Handling Wicked Problems

Over 15 years at Purdue, we ran #strategicdoing through some pretty wicked test beds. And, as our colleague from the Netherlands told us (after running his own experiments), “It just works.” Now Reinder Schonewille and his partners conduct #strategicdoing workshops in Dutch. Our work on wicked problems continues…  Scott Hutcheson and Purdue Healthcare Advisors are […]

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Ecosystem development: what’s the magic ingredient?

By Liz Nilsen / January 25, 2021 / Comments Off on Ecosystem development: what’s the magic ingredient?

Do you know the magic ingredient for healthy ecosystem development? As Strategic Doing efforts grow, they leave the realm of individual projects and the work begins to take on the shape of a ecosystem – an interconnected set of people, organizations, policies, sometimes even buildings – all aiming at a transformed organization, community or region. […]

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Supporting small businesses to move forward

By Liz Nilsen / December 28, 2020 / Comments Off on Supporting small businesses to move forward

At last, it’s time for moving forward. 2020 is almost – mercifully – behind us. The challenges of this year will certainly not disappear at the stroke of midnight, but it does provide the opportunity to think about new directions. One of the Strategic Doing maxims is “don’t fix old systems; design what’s next.” That […]

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The role of vision in Strategic Doing

By Liz Nilsen / December 1, 2020 / Comments Off on The role of vision in Strategic Doing

What is the role of “vision” in Strategic Doing? If you’ve read the book, or been to one of our trainings, you might be surprised that we’re even writing a post about this – we try to make the case that vision statements, at least, usually consume an inordinate amount of time for a group […]

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Getting it done in Texarkana!

By Liz Nilsen / November 30, 2020 / Comments Off on Getting it done in Texarkana!

The Strategic Doing movement in Texarkana has grown steadily over the past few years, and a recent news article showed off how far it’s come. Certified Workshop Leader RuthEllen Whitt, who leads Leadership Texarkana, is the brains behind the Strategic Doing movement there. She estimates that about 100 groups in the area now use Strategic […]

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Building community in a time of division

By Liz Nilsen / November 23, 2020 / Comments Off on Building community in a time of division

How can we be building community when we can’t stop yelling at each other? Good question. This week in the US is Thanksgiving (the Canadians are way ahead, having celebrated in October). The traditional symbols of the US holiday leave much to be desired – the elementary school pageants of our childhood notwithstanding, the Pilgrims […]

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Digital credentials – what’s the big deal?

By Liz Nilsen / November 13, 2020 / Comments Off on Digital credentials – what’s the big deal?

Have you heard about our new digital credentials? Strategic Doing is a learned discipline – even those that have been at it for years (including Ed Morrison, who originally developed SD) keep finding new ways to help others participate in this new way of “doing more together.” Even so, if you’ve been to a Strategic […]

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Online Strategic Doing training – the next frontier

By Liz Nilsen / November 12, 2020 / Comments Off on Online Strategic Doing training – the next frontier

We’ve been asked for a long time when Strategic Doing practitioner training – the 2.5 day in-person session that more than 1,300 people have completed, sometimes referred to as the “301” – would be available online. It’s fallen into the “if it ain’t broke, why fix it?” category, but of course COVID has changed all […]

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Should you use Strategic Doing? Or Agile Leadership?

By Liz Nilsen / October 21, 2020 / Comments Off on Should you use Strategic Doing? Or Agile Leadership?

The Agile Strategy Lab at UNA is wrapping up two online courses that are the virtual version of the 2.5 day Strategic Doing practitioner training – one group is from throughout the globe, while the other group is members of a network addressing challenges in a particular community. The course has two parts – the […]

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Creating what’s next: the future for agriculture in New Mexico

By Liz Nilsen / September 1, 2020 / Comments Off on Creating what’s next: the future for agriculture in New Mexico

Just because the future is uncertain is no reason to put off thinking about it – in fact, it makes it even more imperative. One of the strengths of Strategic Doing is its ability to accommodate uncertainty. Unlike strategic planning, you’re not trying to use past performance data, and you’re not making plans for the […]

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