Peggy Holman - Engaging Emergence: Turning Upheaval into Opportunity

A PublicForum Book Talk

Wednesday, 27 October 2010, 18:00 Eastern (New York) / 22:00 GMT (60 min audio conference)
Free. A Circle Club members-only event.*

What does it take to face disruptions and invite others to join you in realizing new possibilities?

Join our next Book Talk to learn the answers from Peggy Holman, author of Engaging Emergence: Turning Upheaval into Opportunity (Berrett-Koehler, 2010).

With so many organizations, communities, and fields of endeavor facing unprecedented change, it helps to have some support for finding a promising pathway through change. If you're seeking effective principles and practices for working with change and the unexpected, this book (and this Book Talk) is for you!

Key points we'll discuss:

Emergence—Through which order arises from chaos as the existing order is disrupted, differences appear, and a new coherence coalesces. By engaging emergence, you can help yourself and your organization/community successfully face disruption and emerge stronger than ever.

Practices for engaging—Step up by taking responsibility for what you love as an act of service. Prepare to embrace mystery, choose possibility, and follow life-energy. Host others by clarifying intentions, welcoming disturbance, and inviting diversity. Engage by inquiring appreciatively, opening, and reflecting. Then do it again!

Principles for engaging—Welcome disturbance, pioneer, encourage random encounters, seek meaning, and simplify.

Questions we'll consider:

  • How do we disrupt coherence compassionately?
  • How do we engage disruptions creatively?
  • How do we renew coherence wisely?

This work can be challenging but also tremendously rewarding. It enables new and unlikely partnerships and develops breakthrough projects. Join us for an exciting discussion about how how you can become part of a process that transforms the culture itself.

About Peggy Holman

Peggy Holman explores the nascent field of innovative engagement processes, in which "whole systems" of people create their future. She co-authored The Change Handbook, profiling 61 change methods. Her newest book, Engaging Emergence: Turning Upheaval into Opportunity, dives beneath these methods to make visible deeper patterns, principles, and practices to guide us through turbulent times. Peggy co-founded Journalism that Matters with three journalists to support the pioneers who are shaping the emerging news and information ecology. She has worked with a wide range of companies including US WEST Cellular, US WEST Communications, Weyerhaeuser Company, St. Joseph 's Medical Center, and AT&T Wireless Services.


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