Dadamac Day 2015 – and before

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Dadamac Day is an annual celebration of a UK-Africa collaboration. Every year is different. All Dadamac Days are special to us but some are more remarkable than others – such as Dadamac Days in 2005, 2009, 2013, 2014 – and this year’s which is happening on Monday November 9th. Here are some Dadamac Day highlights…. Read more »

Holacracy — and Dadamac’s future direction

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I’m excited about the possibility of using Holacracy in Dadamac, as we transition from a network to an organisation. Nikki Fishman and I have both been to Holacracy training days, and I went to a session last week  to remind myself — Let’s get a feel for Holacracy in action — http://www.meetup.com/ResponsiveLeaders-London-Our-first-meetup/events/224761666/?a=uc1_vm&read=1&_af=event&_af_eid=224761666&https=off There is a website for things… Read more »

Dadamac and Croydon

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Dadamac Connect is increasingly connecting with Croydon – as demonstrated by the way my week began. Preparing for Dadamac Day 2015 Monday October 12th was a great start to the week. I met Nikki Fishman (of Dadamac) and Leon Conrad and Giles Abbott (of The Academy of Oratory) at a Cafe Nero close to Croydon… Read more »

Time Travellers All (not a blog, an essay)

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Nothing is simple or predictable in these rapidly changing times. Little is certain, except the need to accept that we can’t go back to some idealised past and we can’t stay in a “familiar” present. Increasingly the present is unfamiliar. Like it or not our only choice is the future. It’s where we’re headed –… Read more »

System builders working with different kinds of people

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System builders have diverse skills, work with different kinds of people, create new kinds of protocols… work across a landscape that “until they came along had been unconnected” – or so said Mark Ventresca – as I explained in Innovation and Collaboration – Are we Together? So, if I’m a systems builder who are these… Read more »

Building what? You and whose army?

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This is part of a series of posts exploring authority and identity – see Permission to speak Emboldened by a couple of TEDx talks by Marc Ventresca  I recently decided I had finally found my identity  – Aha! I’m a systems builder!  – but if I claim to be a systems builder then: What systems… Read more »

Permission to speak

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When I was a child I was mystified by how it was that some people lived in ‘that other world’. People who lived in ‘that other world’ wrote  books and newspapers or they made films, and radio and TV programmes. They didn’t just read, or watch or listen like I did, and like everyone I… Read more »

Innovation and Collaboration – Are we Together?

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This TEDx talk by Marc Ventresca on “Don’t Be an Entrepreneur, Build Systems” is about impact, authenticity and “how things really happen”. He uses some well known game-changers to illustrate what he means. What he says holds lessons for the rest of us. It outlines how other innovators fit into the picture. For me his… Read more »

Aha! I’m a systems builder!

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I’ve  just discovered the work of Marc Ventresca, his recent talk on “Infrastructure for impact, the work of system building” and a previous, complementary  talk called “Don’t Be an Entrepreneur, Build Systems”. I feel connected to his ideas, because his analysis makes sense of various issues I’ve been struggling with for years.  I’ve put links… Read more »

Why Funding Goes to Social Entrepreneurs Instead of Social Movements

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In my mind I’m connecting some recent conversations I’ve had (about funding, radical ideas, innovative approaches, movements, social entrepreneurs, and accelerators for social entrepreneurs) with an article from Inside Philanthropy – Is Too Much Funding Going to Social Entrepreneurs—And Too Little to Social Movements? by David Callahan I’m editing out most of the content and just keeping… Read more »