Archive for March 2018

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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