The dream shepherds

This flash moment of Tim’s slam poetry represents a key turning point we’ll be talking about in the coming week or two with a few clients and collaborators: the process design of how we work together. What kind of flow makes space for new ideas takes shape? What intentions do we share, and how should we best show up in the service of them?

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Episode 1.20: Data

In episode twenty, Tim and Tuesday dig into the substance of change—how to cultivate the kind of big-picture view that validates a good forward path. Most leaders have a few quantified and qualified perspectives on the current reality, but how can we extend our line of sight to future-making?

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The personal work of professional growth

Have you ever had a year like this? When an unprecedented professional leap (movement, idea, project) emerges, it comes with a pretty substantial to-do list of personal growth, and you’re left spinning. You know you need to leap your self ahead in-step with your career—and fast. I knew what was to come, and had a sense that I’d have to change to accommodate this big shift.

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Episode 1.19: The Circle

In episode nineteen, Tim and Tuesday tell the story of an improvised process in the middle of a three-day session. As facilitators, how can we orchestrate memorable, game-changing breakthroughs or surges ahead in understanding? What is the deeper architecture of participation?

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Episode 1.18: Teamwork

In episode eighteen, Tim and Tuesday explore how we work with distributed teams: as ‘managers of one’, how can we keep a strong connection? How can we navigate highly complex issues and change processes in an elegant way in the context of a rapidly-growing and remote business?

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Communication and systems change

Today’s post is a collaboration with Lex Schroeder, who writes: “Having come up in the systems thinking and Art of Hosting communities, and having spent a great deal of time learning participatory leadership methods, I tell stories that reflect back a group’s learning. Without speaking for individuals or for the group as a whole, I try to catch the group’s collective intelligence and make visible new insights.”

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Episode 1.17: Personal Practice

In episode seventeen, Tim and Tuesday talk about the difference between being clear and having a feeling of clarity—even through confusion. How can we train ourselves to stay open and keep moving forward in rooms electric with uncertainty? What can we do to ensure our energy as leaders is a renewable resource?

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Episode 1.16: Bridges

Interview with Joel Veborg and Rodolpho Zuniga of Save The Children, and Sabina Tethorey of City of Malmö. Forward Malmö is a movement that brings together a number of organizations with shared and overlapping mandates to multi-sector, multi-stakeholder change. How can we best convene to change the conditions that impact shared problems?

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Episode 1.15: Anniversary

In episode fifteen, Tim and Tuesday share insights on their many rapid-pace leaps and lessons over the last year. The Outside’s team, delivery, story, and facilitation is a constant iteration—a balance of incredible field work, personal growth, and big building. This week, they explore how to do justice to the work—and work to justice.

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Advice for the new

As Tuesday describes the unique exhaustion and stimulation of our work: It’s human beings and more human beings and more human beings with all their human-beingness. We laugh about that, but boy—humanbeingness is a heck of a domain to try and nudge one way or another. Today, after yet another epic trip, we imagine the advice we’d share with our selves of five or ten years ago, when we were just starting out in our practice of leading change.

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Episode 1.12: Ancestors I

To understand today, we examine our connection to yesterday’s actions. In episode twelve of FIND THE OUTSIDE: THE PODCAST, Tim and Tuesday honour and interpret their ancestors’ roles and impacts — think reverberations of colonialism and class — to grasp the underpinnings of our current world.

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Stand up, diggers all

“How you’re capturing these conversations here is the way that my people have been capturing their history for thousands of years,” explained the elder. “Don’t ever think of it as a gimmick. You’re doing something important and sacred.” Stand up now, fellow bards. And keep standing.

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Episode 1.11: Sporting

To sustain momentum, we need to be able to recognize and opt out of limiting beliefs. In episode six of FIND THE OUTSIDE: THE PODCAST, Tim and Tuesday explore the role played by limiting beliefs in their work on systems change, equity and leadership—and the practice of letting them go.

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