Archive for February 2018

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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Commander’s Intent

No organization is a better example of command and control than the military. It’s a popular notion that is no longer true. Faced with the volatility and uncertainty of 21st century conflict, armies have turned to self-organization to increase their agility on the ground. The all-powerful, all-knowing, top-down military command of the past is now…

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Crisis and Renewal

The Adaptive Cycle in Nature Nature responds to opportunities. Empty spaces fill quickly after a fire destroys a forest and leaves barren ground. Plants adapted to survive in harsh conditions arrive first. Once established, they pave the way for others. Early colonizers are followed by shrubs and trees. Over time, the ecosystem resettles into a…

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Stone Soup

ISN has seen again and again the power of collaboration, when stakeholders come together to create something new. In the beginning there is often nothing more than an idea. This small seed of possibility is enriched by what each stakeholder is able to contribute – creating something much greater than the collection of individuals. We…

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