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New Collaboration with Novelist Noah Knox Marshall

By Scott Hutcheson / September 12, 2017 / Comments Off on New Collaboration with Novelist Noah Knox Marshall

We are excited to announce our new partnering with novelist Noah Knox Marshall. Together we will be creating a set of curricular resources to help middle school-age students learn the deep skills of collaboration needed to address complex technical and social challenges. Marshall is the author of the Dax Zander: Sea Patrol anthology, a nine-book […]

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Marketing workshops with video, spreading the Strategic Doing message

By Liz Nilsen / July 25, 2017 / Comments Off on Marketing workshops with video, spreading the Strategic Doing message

A frequent question we get is about marketing workshops: how do you get people to that very first conversation? One of the tangible benefits of being part of the Strategic Doing network is learning how others are using the discipline and using that information to sharpen your own practice. (Almost) everything I’ve learned about Strategic […]

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The cure for strategic planning burnout is in New Mexico

By Liz Nilsen / July 19, 2017 / Comments Off on The cure for strategic planning burnout is in New Mexico

Many of the people who attend our trainings are there out of desperation from too many strategic planning efforts that have taken months and resulted in little to no change. Ed Morrison has written about the shortcomings of strategic planning, which can be summed up as: it’s usually not very well-suited to the reality in […]

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Learn Strategic Doing in Montana!

By Liz Nilsen / July 14, 2017 / Comments Off on Learn Strategic Doing in Montana!

The Purdue Agile Strategy Lab heads to Big Sky country next month for our signature 2.5 day training. Interactive, practical, and a lot of fun – how many professional development offerings meet those three criteria? You’ll leave ready to tackle your thorniest collaboration challenges, and you’ll have a whole new network of colleagues to call […]

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The difference Strategic Doing makes in engineering education

By Liz Nilsen / June 27, 2017 / Comments Off on The difference Strategic Doing makes in engineering education

The Purdue Agile Strategy Lab is out with a new paper today, presenting some of the findings of their research with the universities involved in the Pathways program of the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter). Pathways was an effort to create a “tipping point” for the inclusion of innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) […]

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Do you want to be at the front of the line?

By Liz Nilsen / May 30, 2017 / Comments Off on Do you want to be at the front of the line?

We’re unveiling our brand new Practitioner’s Field Guide: the text/workbook/reference that will give you the tools you need to convene effective collaborations. Join us in Newark at the New Jersey Innovation Institute for Strategic Doing 301: Leading Complex Collaborations, June 7-9. This is a very hands-on introduction to the discipline; you’ll walk away with new […]

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Network thinking in a global context

By Liz Nilsen / April 20, 2017 / Comments Off on Network thinking in a global context

We talk about the change from hierarchies to networks in every one of our Strategic Doing presentations. The shift is pervasive, and extends even to governments and criminal activities. Today’s BBC “Newshour” features a conversation with Anne Marie Slaughter about her new book, The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World. […]

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Open the gift of the Strategic Doing community at our practitioners’ conference

By Liz Nilsen / April 4, 2017 / Comments Off on Open the gift of the Strategic Doing community at our practitioners’ conference

If you’re a Strategic Doing practitioner, make sure to join us at our second annual conference May 15 – 17 in Florence, Alabama. Our hosts at the University of North Alabama will once again roll out the red carpet for us, and we’ll enjoy great conversation and connections. Sessions will include updates on the newest […]

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Linking and leveraging assets – with surprising results

By Liz Nilsen / February 1, 2017 / Comments Off on Linking and leveraging assets – with surprising results

The Purdue Agile Strategy Lab has been working with the engineering outreach initiative of New Mexico State University for the past eight months on a project to help high school teachers in that state integrate career & technical education (CTE) with STEM (science, technology, engineering & math). In most schools these are two quite distinct tracks, […]

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Crafting a Pitch

By Liz Nilsen / January 18, 2017 / Comments Off on Crafting a Pitch

Granite City, Illinois’s economic development director, James Amos, attended a Strategic Doing 301: Leading Complex Collaborations training last summer, and is getting ready to roll out a large initiative inviting the city’s residents to re-imagine and co-create their future. Rather than the usual email invitation, James used video to pitch the event to prospective attendees […]

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