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Past Issues

An archive of previous issues of the newsletter

Issue #7

System project comics, Inner Circus course, and personal notes on issues of race

Issue 7  |  System project comics, Inner Circus course, and personal notes on issues of race

  • A set of three stories about engaging with systemic challenges, in comic form
  • Our course, “Free your Inner Circus: Transformation Skills for Change Leaders,” closes it’s application period.
  • We feature a new installment in Hannah du Plessis’ “Fynbos and Fire” series of articles on race.

Issue #6

Listening to difference, Working with issues of race, The problem with problems

Issue 6  |  Listening to difference, Working with issues of race and oppression, The problem with problems

  • With a recent “Inclusive Innovation” workshop as the back story, we describe the collective story harvest in some detail
  • Hannah continues her learning dive into matters of race and oppression, and writes as she goes
  • An older perspective from Marc recently gathered more buzz; a link to his post, “The problem with problems”

Issue #5

Frontier Retreat 2018, Inclusive Innovation workshops, Fynbos and Fire article series

Issue 5  |  Frontier Retreat 2018, Inclusive Innovation workshops, Fynbos and Fire article series

  • Join us in Montana: Frontier Retreat 2018 now open for registration
  • We’re offering two workshops as part of Pittsburgh’s Inclusive Innovation Week
  • New article series by Hannah du Plessis on racism and transformation: Fynbos and Fire

Issue #4

Summit against racism, Free seminar access, Frontier Retreat early bird, a wish for 2018

Issue 4  |  Racism Summit, Free Seminar Access, and a Wish for 2018

  • Free 30-day access to the UIE All You Can Learn Library, with seminars by Marc and Hannah
  • Come to the 20th Pittsburgh Summit Against Racism
  • Get your name on the list for Frontier Retreat 2018 early-bird pricing
  • Like Water Runs — a wish for 2018

Issue #3

Good Gathering, SmallActs, Working Notes, & #metoo

Issue 3  |  Catalysts, Misfits, and Wide Horizons

  • Video: Excerpt from the Good Gathering webinar
  • Article: Speaking up without damaging relationships
  • Collection on medium.com: Rettig’s working notes on systems, conversations, etc.
  • Article: This is not the end of your story
  • Personal practice of the month

Issue #2

Catalysts, Misfits, and Wide Horizons

Issue 2  |  Catalysts, Misfits, and Wide Horizons

  • Article: Listening to the catalysts
  • Report / collage: Frontier Retreat 2017: Taking in a wider horizon
  • Essay: A letter to the misfit
  • Method: Surfacing unspoken system dynamics
  • Personal practice of the month

Issue #1

Transformation, Participation, and Retreat

Issue 1  |  Transformation, Participation, and Retreat

  • Video: Three skills for transformation: Hannah du Plessis’ TEDx talk
  • Article: Three pieces on sketching participation strategy
  • Essay: What really matters–notes from a four-day mountain escape
  • Personal practice of the month