What is an Adaptive Action Lab?

An Adaptive Action Lab (AA Lab) brings the best of consulting and training into a single event. It is a work session, as opposed to a training session. As a participant, you define and work on your most intractable challenge. Then you learn about human systems dynamics (HSD) as you apply your new learning to frame your challenge in a way that points to your best next wise action. You leave the session with two tangible outcomes. First, you have a clear plan for moving forward in your challenge. Second, you carry with you a new perspective and effective models and methods that help you address your next challenge.

Join us in an AA Lab to learn how HSD can help you leverage the complexity of your challenges to create powerful energy for change.

Upcoming Adaptive Action Labs

2021 Adaptive Action Lab Series: Live the HSD Vision

Online Courses

Around the world, turbulence and uncertainty create barriers to productivity and wellbeing.  Whoever you are, wherever you live, and whatever you do, you confront the complex patterns of unpredictable change. The theory and practice of human systems dynamics can help you thrive at work and at home.

An AALab Series for K-12 Literacy Leaders: Build Systems for Resilient Teaching and Learning

Online Courses

As a literacy leader in K-12 schools, you navigate overwhelming challenges that only intensify in the face of multiple crises—the global pandemic, racism, inequitable access to resources, economic instability, natural catastrophes, and more. You need tools to navigate whatever comes and resources to build resilience. Human Systems Dynamics (HSD) offers practical insights and tools to build and sustain resilient teaching and learning systems. We invite you to join K-12 literacy leaders across the country in a series of five Adaptive Action Labs that can do just that.

Build Systems for Resilient Teaching and Learning: Build Responsiveness and Agility

May 15, 22, 2021 | 10a - 11:30a (cdt) | 3p - 4:30p (utc) | Online Session 4 of 5

Literacy Leaders respond to challenges, knowing they cannot just “put a band aid on it.” They must address underlying stressors that create those challenges. In this Adaptive Action Lab learn to formulate your most effective responses. Use Adaptive Action to see, understand, and influence patterns in your literacy communities.

Build Systems for Resilient Teaching and Learning: Strengthen Resilience

Jun 12, 19, 2021 | 10a - 11:30a (cst) | 4p - 5:30p (utc) | Online Session 5 of 5

Literacy leaders know resilient individuals and communities sustain their work because they have capacity to adapt to changing conditions as they focus on literacy learning. This Adaptive Action Lab offers tools to build resilience, which HSD calls Adaptive Capacity. With these tools, build and sustain Adaptive Capacity throughout your classroom or school.

Planning in Uncertainty: Plan When You Cannot Predict

Jun 22, 24, 2021 | 12p - 3p (cdt) | 5p - 8p (utc) | Online

In a world where you deal with forces you can’t see or control, you have to navigate differences that are overwhelming and frightening. In this world you can neither predict nor control your future. In such a turbulent and exciting time, you need to prepare for a future you just cannot see. You must learn to move forward, responding to change and turbulence, even when you develop a plan that can reliably move you into that future. And in the face of all that, you need the anchor or touch point that having a plan gives you.

Resilience in Turbulent Times: Build Adaptive Capacity in Schools

Jul 12 - 16, 2021 | 9a - 2:30p (cdt) | 2p - 7p (utc)

In recent months, leaders in schools across the country have navigated unbelievable challenges. The challenges will continue as new and continuing changes increasingly impact schools. In the longer term, we all need to adapt to local, national, and global influences from the pandemic, social turbulence, economic changes, natural catastrophes, and more. These issues, along with concerns about educational performance, create particular challenges for you, as a school leader.

Create Your Narrative: Change Your Story; Change Your Patterns

Aug 24, 26, 2021 | 12p - 3p (cdt) | 5p - 8p (utc) | Online

Life today is complex! You deal with many forces that impact your life. When you take action, you consider social expectations and connections; financial challenges and opportunities; political questions and competitions; and personal and professional relationships. In any moment, you are forced to make choices about what’s true, what you need to do, and how you can engage with others. In such a complex world, your old stories are not robust enough to represent your day-to-day experience. You need a new narrative to capture the realities you face and to frame your expectations and assumptions.

21st Century Consulting: Working in Complex Systems

Oct 12, 14, 2021 | 12p - 3p (cdt) | 5p - 8p (utc) | Online

In simpler times change came slowly, if at all. Consultants could learn models and methods in graduate school and use them throughout a career. They could take a solution that worked with one client and confidently transfer it to another. Those days are gone. Today, consultants must be master learners and experts at inquiry. HSD-informed consultants bring adaptive capacity to help clients tame the wicked issues that emerge from their complex environments.

Equity and Inclusion: Generative Patterns of Engagement

Dec 7, 9, 2021 | 12p - 3p (cst) | 6p - 9p (utc) | Online

Systemic racism tears at the fiber of organizations, communities, and families. The insidious impact of historical decisions effect almost every aspect of your life regardless of your race or ethnicity. You may be aware of this fact but feel overwhelmed by the challenge of bringing about change. You recognize that change is needed at all scales and across diverse settings and situations, but you do not know how you can make a difference.

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