Death Cafes and Soul Midwives

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I’ve always danced between theory and practice. When life gets complicated, uncertain or difficult in practice, I like to think that someone somewhere has been there before. I hope to scamper back from the practicalities of “life as it is” for a quick helping of “what other people already know”. I hope to find some… Read more »

Reviving Critical Modernism in Development Studies

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Hi Richard. I read your post about Reviving Critical Modernism in Development Studies. I’m encouraged by what you’ve written. I agree that it is extremely important to look critically at Issues of power, and to enable less powerful voices to be represented in the development discourse. Ref “In practice, this means seeking universals and commonalities to… Read more »

Personal blocks, cross-boundary teams, and FASST

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This open letter follows your comment that “I feel like the journey unpicking our own blocks is worth taking and sharing. Following that, we can have an outward focus that might be useful to cross-boundary teams (across departments, across functions, across location).” You and I  have overlapping interests there – both on “unpicking our own… Read more »

FASST – Organising for Collaborative Development

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FASST has a vision, and a practical plan, to overcome the barriers that prevent us working in collaborative ways. I won’t describe the plan in detail here. Like many innovations FASST will be easier to share once the protoype is working. It is starting in a small way (which is another way of saying we are… Read more »

Creating ‘future fit’ organizations today by Giles Hutchins

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I’ve copied this link because it gives context to why I’m initiating the FASST experiment. I’ve copied the last few paragraphs for the summary and to remind myself of the writer’s viewpoint (the italics are mine).  For the full post see Creating ‘future fit’ organizations today by Giles Hutchins He concludes his article thus: This regenerative… Read more »

“Organising for Development” with FASST

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Hi Christopher. Following our meeting yesterday this is for reference and sharing: You and I are meeting at my place on Wednesday to continue our FASST planning. We’ll invite the other five London-based, potential FASST people in case any are free to join us. Together we’ll consider the points that Sally raised in her last… Read more »

FASST, Teal and journeys to the future

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This open letter is to FASST crew members and to Teal for Startups (T4S) people who wonder what I’m doing bringing FASST into T4S This is another bit of connecting the dots for you. This time the connections are between Teal organisations and FASST, emphasising the theme of FASST as a vehicle. We see FASST… Read more »

Our FASST time travel trip

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Hi Brian – or should I say “Welcome aboard FASST” for our time-travel trip together. Thank you for the opportunity to wordify some of the ideas about FASST during our Skype chat this evening. I’m writing you this follow-up, open letter to capture some of the points we covered: FASST is already very real and… Read more »