Posts by David Forrest

The Commons

The challenge of collaboration takes many forms. One of these is how we treat the commons. We struggle to protect shared spaces because we largely act out of self-interest. There are alternatives however. A growing urban movement is experimenting with different ways of living. Seoul, South Korea has been called the world’s most wired city.…

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SERVICES: The Business Revolution

Integral Strategy Network is working with organizations at the frontier of transformative change, helping to reinvent their business. Digital Transformation Waves of change in information and communication technology have triggered massive disruption in business, based on exponential gains in computing power and the growth of the Internet. New technologies are transforming entire industries and restructuring…

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The Control Revolution

The Crisis of Control It is clear that traditional organizational structures are struggling to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Yet they were once revolutionary, responding to the wave of change created by industrialization. Before the Industrial Revolution, businesses were small and a single individual could manage them. Until then, James Beniger wrote in…

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The Acceleration of Everything

We often talk these days about accelerating change, but it is extraordinary to look back on all that has happened in the last two hundred years. This is a brief overview of that incredible journey. The Nineteenth Century Human ingenuity soared in unprecedented ways in the 1800s, creating new technologies that changed virtually every aspect…

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CASE STUDY: Western Manitoba Pursues a $330 Million Economic Opportunity

Integral Strategy Network is helping communities in Western Manitoba work together on a major regional development opportunity that promises to deliver significant economic benefits. Other communities would gain from following their collaborative approach. Increasing Regional Prosperity Brandon, Manitoba, and four other communities in Western Manitoba are seeking to attract investment in a new soybean processing…

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Emergent Properties of Organization

  States of Matter We are all familiar with the properties of water. It transforms magically at different temperatures — from a solid to a free-flowing liquid, to a vapor that appears to have no substance at all. Scientists are familiar with another state of matter that exists only at very extreme temperatures – plasmas…

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Tremors of Change

Physicist Per Bak experimented with complex systems by dropping sand on a table, one small grain at a time. As grains accumulated the pile became steeper. Then avalanches started to occur. Bak recorded their size and analyzed the pattern. The distribution followed a power law — a long-tailed curve that also describes the size distribution…

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Reframing What is Possible

Seeing Possibilities Reframing changes our perspective so we are able to see a problem differently. It is one of the most powerful techniques for creative thinking. Through reframing we gain new insights, see new options, and find unexpected solutions. Reframing is key to strategy development. It is also an essential tool in the design repertoire.…

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Beginner’s Mind

Closed Mind In a classic Zen story, a learned visitor meets with a Zen master, asking probing questions about Zen practice. The visitor talks at length, expressing his opinions. The master pours tea. The cup slowly fills. The master keeps pouring. Tea runs over the rim of the cup and onto the table. The master…

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Social License

Many of the ‘wicked problems’ we face today are socially complex. Some of the best examples are those where a solution depends on establishing social license. A New Reality Jim Cooney coined the term social license in 1997, when he was director of International and Public Affairs for the Canadian mining company Placer Dome. He…

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