Glenda Eoyang says, “Wicked problems plague the global community today—climate change, violent conflict, hunger, corruption, to name a few. [Your]… issues may not be that far reaching, but they are equally wicked… ”

Adaptive Action Cycles, or Adaptive Action Planning, is a way to tame Wicked Issues and Sticky Problems.

An Adaptive Action Cycle has three phases, each phase id focused on a type of question. What? So what? Now what?

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What? So What? Now What?

Adaptive Action Cycles give you a way of spotting patterns and taking action.

So do Agile Retrospectives.

We’ve always used the pattern of the Agile Retrospective merged with concepts of HSD Adaptive Action Cycles mixed-in.

So what if we used the full pattern of the Adaptive Action Cycle from HSD with some experience of Agile Retrospectives mixed-in?

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Does “real” online engagement always require a high-bandwidth signal? Remember when They Might Be Giants invited us to “Build a little birdhouse” by Dial-A-Song?

That’s an unexpected source of inspiration for creating “real”-ness online.

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What tool would you use for dot voting during a (remote) conference workshop?”, Yves Hanoulle asked.

Now i’ve been thinking about dot voting and the need for simple tools.

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Do you want to invite engagement in online meetings?

You can build an online whiteboard in Google Slides. Slides is a simple-ish tool which makes it a good option for for complex online workspace.

You may encounter different issues with access though. Here’s 5 issues that you can prepare for when you build your meetup (to avoid accessibility problems).

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How do we schedule our course sessions around messy schedules?

“Something will happen with the right people, in the right place, at the right time.”

You’ll practice holding space for whatever happens in this workshop. This post is about how we connect the learners in our cohorts, and how we find the right time to meet …

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Would it surprise you to learn that penguins can fly?

This is my story of what it means to hold space for penguins to fly.

Let me tell you a magical secret …

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How can open space be effective inside mega-corporations operating in a critical and highly regulated industry?

This is my story of holding space for drug development teams working inside one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies.

The “CEO of the molecule” invited everyone to gather offsite to figure out how they would safely get a breast cancer “cure” to the oncologists and patients who desperately needed it.

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How do you hold space meaningfully when people aren’t in the same space?

When the gobal pandemic hit people reached instinctively for Open Space Technology—because it’s a natural fit. Here are some thoughts from my experience holding remote open space in a time of incredible dispruption. Like all open space: it’s far easier than it looks and much harder than you ever imagined.

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