Launch of Circle Forward Partners

Today we launch Circle Forward Partners!    No more Social Profit Strategies!  We loved that name, but our goal with Circle Forward Partners is to make our offerings better seen and understood by the people who need them. The mission of Circle Forward Partners is...

Social and Emotional Intelligence in Collaborative Governance

This is the second article in our series on Circle Forward’s Eight Primary Principles of Collaborative Governance.  The first article on Trust is here. When the elephant comes out of the corner and sits right on the table A couple of years ago, Tracy and I were...

8 Principles for Collaborative Governance [Infographic]

Through our own experience as facilitators and consultants, and through an investigation of the research on collaborative governance, our Circle Forward core team is proposing Eight Principles for Collaborative Governance in Networks (or networked organizations)....

Transformation Through Wise Governance Networks

If you are working on large scale systems change, like building resilient community food systems, or large landscape conservation, or public health — have you ever considered that your work may be part of a movement that is defining the next evolution of...

Foodshed team learns how to establish consent instead of consensus

In Propositions for Organizing with Complexity: Learnings from the Appalachian Foodshed Project (AFP), Nikki D’Adamo-Damery described nine propositions that emerged from the work of the AFP. Proposition #2 was: “Establish Consent instead of Consensus.” The following...

Lifting Up Gerard Endenberg, Founder of Sociocracy

Tracy and I enjoyed a rare opportunity to participate in an online conference call with a person who has had a profound influence on our work in the world, the founder of sociocracy, Gerard Endenberg. The first ever “free company” Sociocracy literally means “rule by...

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