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Change Management Methods & Tools

Whole System Change: The Future Search Conference

The Future Search Conference is one of several collaborative planning methods that take a “whole system” approach. These processes try to replace shelf-bound plans with agendas for action that are developed collaboratively in the course of intensive large-group meetings. Key Concepts To do this, Future Search insists on the basic starting principle: “Get the whole […]

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A Note on Humor and Consensus Building

Every conference I’ve ever attended in the field of conflict resolution has featured some sort of organized discussion about the role of humor in mediation. These sessions are often quite analytical and serious, but occasionally a workshop is held that’s entertaining because the facilitators are demonstrating rather than describing their approach. It always seems, though, […]

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Online Collaboration

Collaborating on the Web

Collaboration is a word more often associated these days with online services than with public policy. The two, however, can be linked in several ways. There are tools available through web browsers to help collaborative groups share virtual workspaces, simplify communication, facilitate project management and conduct real-time meetings. The explosive growth of offerings includes many […]

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