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'Changing the Game’

e-news for Change Agents everywhere - No 4, 2005

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  1. TinCAN Events: Public Course 'Change Agent 101'; Corporate Social Responsibility Breakfast
  2. Partner Events:
  3. Features: Peter Senge - The Next Discipline; Communities of Practice
  4. Links & Resources for Change Agents:

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1. TinCAN Events

1.1. Change Agent 101 –‘Facilitate Dynamic Workshops & Meetings’ - Parramatta Sept 27-28

The foundation program incorporating the essential facilitation skills for the change agent.

Facilitate and host dynamic meetings & workshops that:

·         deliver both immediate results and long term sustainable change

·         are ‘PowerPoint-Free-Zones’ with no boring, mind numbing presentations that put the audience to sleep

·         eliminate fear, energy drain and failure to get to the ‘truth’ through use of outmoded structural constraints such as ‘U shapes’ and ‘big tables’

·         solve problems, develop strategies and manage risk cooperatively with all options explored and unprecedented buy-in from participants

·         allow people to move on with trust, engagement, passion and commitment so that they do what they say they will do

·         Deal effectively with resistance

Suitable for: New facilitators, project leaders, consultants, workshop presenters, coaches etc.

Program Details: 2 day course; Sept 27-28, 9:00am to 5:00pm; Parramatta; Discounts for Groups and Free Agents. Facilitator: Greg Jenkins. This course runs regularly - subject to minimum numbers. Contact: Greg Jenkins P: 02 9874 0418 M: 0418 486 501. info@tincanlearning.com  | Register Online


1.2. Change Agent Network - Corporate Social Responsibility Breakfast -Parramatta - November 8, 2005
Explore the issues behind this important trend. Business is responding to pressures on a number of new fronts, environmental degradation and changing social values. Some of the indicators are global warming, the problem of waste, recruiting and retaining talented people, and changing demand in the community for environmentally friendly products and services. What does it mean to be socially and environmentally responsible? What will the impact be on 'me' and the 'business'? We can most definitely say the solutions lie in social change.
When and where?
Tuesday November 8, 2005 from 7:00 am – 8:30 am. with Greg Jenkins and Robert Perey. River Canyon Restaurant, 96 Phillip Street, Parramatta (near ferry wharf)
http://www.rivercanyon.com.au/  $20 includes breakfast. RSVP: Greg Jenkins P: 02 9874 0418 M: 0418 486 501 info@tincanlearning.com  | Register Online

1.3. TinCAN Practitioners Conference, December 2005
Guaranteed PowerPoint free. Share your practice with other practitioners,. Low cost. Suitable for independent or organisational facilitators, coaches, consultants. Register Interest Online 

1.4.1. The Art & Practice of the ‘Change Agent’ [rescheduled - new date tba] (8.30am - 12.00pm) Parramatta
. Back by popular demand. Facilitated by Greg Jenkins. "research shows that most change initiatives fail” …..if so, what are the business and professional development opportunities for independent and organisational ‘change agents’ in fixing this anomaly. Register interest info@tincanlearning.com

1.4.2. Creating Business Songlines [rescheduled - new date tba] (8.30 - 12.00pm) Parramatta
Facilitated by
Robert Perey. Songlines are the past and future histories of organisations. They are maps of the shaping forces upon which we base our decisions. Creating Business Songlines introduces techniques for mapping these shaping forces and then applying them to strategy making a planning processes at all levels, from project through to organisational. Register interest info@tincanlearning.co

2. Partner Events

2.1. Purposeful Facilitation – Leadership skills to focus group thinking and action. October 12-13 2005.  Participatory Strategic Planning Oct 19-20. Sydney. Enquiries to Richards & Maria Maguire 02 9896 3839 | mail@unfoldingfutures.net.

2.2. Roger Schwarz Tour Australia and New Zealand, October 24th – November 2nd 2005. Roger Schwarz is a recognised leader and pioneer in facilitation and leadership, author of the Skilled Facilitator. http://www.iforum.com.au/ Carla Rogers Evolve Facilitation & Coaching P.02 4476 5460 M 0428 628190

2.3. Intensive Journal Retreat: Central Coast. 12 - 16 September 2005
A program of exploration and integration through Journal writing. Based on the work and writings of Ira Progoff. To break out of old patterns and habits, individuals need a method to establish contact with intuitions, inner strengths and energies, and other creative capacities. Intensive Journal® workshops introduce a structured system of journal-writing which becomes a practical and creative way to expand insights and awareness. Contact Kate Scholl P (Day) 8912-4812 P (Evening) 9674 1216 email: kscholl@optusnet.com.au. http://www.eremos.org.au/newsandevents/2002-journalworkshop.html

2.4. OD Australia Conference Mt Eliza Vic,
Organisation Development Australia is pleased to announce the inaugural OD Australia National Conference Sat 15th - Sun 16th October 2005 Morning Star Estate Mt Eliza http://www.odaustralia.org/docs/ODAConf05.pdf

: 25-27 November 2005, Perth WA
2005 Australasian Facilitators Network Conference & Development Opportunities.


3. Features:

3.1. Peter Senge - The Next Discipline

Abstract of an interview with Peter Senge by Mike Hanley. Published in AFR Boss Magazine August 2005.

Peter Senge wants to save the earth. Now, with the rise of sustainability and corporate social responsibility, Senge thinks it’s time for a global awakening of consciousness. unless companies understand the impact they have on the world, and use that understanding to create a deep and lasting sustainability, we are all, literally, doomed. Senge compares modern corporations to a cancer, expanding blindly, Businesses, he says, cannot afford the kind of narrow ideologies that have driven them in the past. They need to engage with other parts of society with a systems view in order to survive.

The idea is to create a world that is no longer “governed primarily by habit”. Senge argues that habit prevents people, companies and societies from making radical change. Systems thinking is a way of imposing a wider perspective on our everyday actions and he has developed a number of tools, one of which is the concept of a systems archetype – a way of viewing patterns of interdependence.

The art of conversation is something that people spend their lives developing. Fifty or a hundred years ago, what did people do at the end of the day? They talked, they sought out each other’s perspectives. In real conversation, we not only discover each other, we also discover ourselves. whereas when one person ‘tells’ another they are making a demand for obedience.

Senge’s research is based on the principle that fundamental change happens because people decide to make it happen, and organisations can inhibit or enable that change. He is convinced that real changes are created by maybe 5 to 10 per cent of people and organisations over time.

Read full article: http://www.afrboss.com.au/magarticle.asp?doc_id=24915&listed_months=1


3.2. What is a Community of Practice?

“Communities of Practice (CoP) are groups of people who share concerns, a set of problems or a passion about a topic and who deepen their knowledge and expertise in this area by interacting on an ongoing basis”. (Wenger 2002)

In a CoP, Members typically:

In a nutshell, in a community of practice people accumulate knowledge and become informally bound by the value in being together. Communities of Practice are everywhere – most are invisible.

Etienne Wenger et al. 2002. Cultivating Communities of Practice. Harvard Business School Press. Etienne Wenger web site http://www.ewenger.com/


4. Links & Resources for Change Agents

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