TEDx: Three Skills for Transformation


We are pleased to share the TEDx talk of Fit principal Hannah du Plessis. At the heart of the talk lies the question of transformation: if we are enacting our current world, how do we transform and become the life-sustaining world?

These times, this life: What really matters?


Amidst the busyness of life, the clamor of media and discomfort of being alive, it is important to remember what really matters.

Transforming Moment: Situation Modeling


A senior design manager uses a modeling technique to get from "overwhelmed" to "Ah-ha!"

A story told about story listening: podcast interview with Marc Rettig


Jared Spool interviews Marc Rettig. "We've watered reflection down to grouping sticky notes on the wall. And we've watered listening down to data collection." What does it mean for an organization to really listen?

Trust the Process of Transformation


In this interview, Hannah du Plessis discusses the process of transformation, the difficult place where "the old is no longer valid and the new is not yet," and the use of applied improvisation to help people learn how to shift their own situation.

Culture in Small Servings


Improving organizational culture doesn't have to be big, messy, and abstract. It can and does happen in small doses, though it certainly helps to have good tactics. Here are two small-scale tactics that can have lasting effects.

From which mindset to we approach change?


How we see translates into how we work. If we see people as broken, we'll want to fix them. If we see ourselves as right, we'll try to convince others. This 6 minute video looks at the mindset from which we create change in our world.

Experiencing emergence with The Systems Game


How do you help students, poised to engage in system shifting work, understand concepts such as emergence and interdependence? In this class we used a game to bring these concepts home.

How to foster design culture: expand your conversational toolkit


If your palette of culture-shifting tools is limited to meetings, presentations, mandate, persuasion, and technology, it’s no wonder that culture-shifting seems impossible. What tools for conversational leadership are in your kit? Marc Rettig scans the "communication continuum" and offers a chance to expand your toolkit.

Syllabus: Social Design Fundamentals


Here is an example of a "Design for Social Innovation" syllabus for a bi-weekly 7 week course.

Student Books: Fundamentals of Design for Social Innovation


If you are curious about the topics we cover, here are two student books to page through.

The pause that gives insight


Often, our best insights come in the shower. But how do we help more people have "a-ha!" moments? Here are two articles Fit wrote to speak about intentionally creating pauses in the design process.

Getting Still: Why it’s difficult, and why it’s possible


When we facilitate client workshops, there often comes an time when the group moves toward an important collective insight. But there is a risk to repeat the habitual narrative and not learn something new. How might we learn to quiet our own minds and step away from our dominant narrative so we can help others do the same?

Podcast Series on Social Creativity


A nine-part series (!) of conversations, with links to readings and resources, produced with Burgert Kristen for his Liminal Podcast. The series ranges across the landscape of ideas and work that some are calling “social innovation.”

Dealing with Fear in the Creative Journey


Fear is woven into the fabric of any creative endeavor: the fear of failure, the fear of not knowing etc. This blog is written for people who wishes to rekindle their creative fires, but feel pulled back by fear.

Frontier Retreat 2017


Frontier Retreat is a gathering of people who bring their personal or professional frontier to the wide frontier of Central Montana. For three days and four nights we learn, reflect, make, explore the prairies and mountains, dine and converse. Join us in 2018!

Non Violent Communication


In this talk, Fit Principal Hannah du Plessis, talks about the difficulty of speaking up and looks at the four steps of Non Violent Communication and the personal skills required to enact them.