Archive for March, 2017

The Best Ever Re-write of my Life’s Learning!

March 22, 2017

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Whole System Transformation edited with Nihar Sharma’s personality.


I am becoming more clear day by day that the above paper is one very significant way to approach learning, transformation, and organization change.

We are applying such in the first ever public Large Group Interactive Summit in Jakarta.

Go to the Linkedin or Facebook site for Asia Organization Development Network to follow along in our journey.

Serendipitously, the Asia OD Network brought Lenny Lind in from C0-Vision with his technology to support the summit coming up. Unknowing to me, he put forth the architecture of the whole system transformation (WST). The current President of Asia OD Network, Mr. Irham Dilmy, really liked it and said let’s proceed. Now the pressure is on. We hope to produce the most transformative exciting resourced Organization Development summit ever in the world. Never will so many OD gurus like Edgar Schein, Barbara Bunker, and Peter Block come together for a dialogue on change and transformation with over 20 of the top Business Leaders in Asia.

The designers call it a WOW summit because Dr. Perla Tayko’s Whole Brain Literacy underpins Maja Sullivan’s WST.

Stay tuned. I thought I could retire and go to the mountains and meditate but the world keeps pulling back into doing what I love to do. And that is to help transform other change agents as they transform their organizations or communities.

A Historic Video From The Son Of My Mentor Ron Lippitt

March 19, 2017

My daughter, Arielle, asked me to share with her what I knew about OD families. Here is a son, Larry Lippitt, of one our founders in action.

I did the first community development intervention in Minnesota at Duluth with Larry’s father, Ron. We did a preferred future lab.

Larry shares significant history. Preferred Futuring is one of the first 5 or so of the large group modalities. Others are Appreciative Inquiry, Search, Future Search, Open Space  Technology and Kathie Dannenmiller’s Whole Scale Change. Kathie lived next door to Larry and Ron Lippitt and considers Ron her primary mentor. Ron influenced me before Kathie had a relationship with him. I read his Planning of Change book that was published in the late 50s in the early 60s.  The book said that the best group work education was at GeorgeWillams so I spent a year there. WOW. What an experience. Even Statistics was a T-Group.

Enjoy this historic video that I obtained from a new relationship with Professor Gerhard Fratzer from Germany.

My professional vision is simply to bring alive the legacy of Ron Lippitt and Kathleen Dannemiller.

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