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

Consulting in the Age of Uncertainty

September 24, 25, 27, 2019 | 12p - 2p (cdt) | 5p - 7p (gmt) | Online

As a consultant, you are expected to take an expert stance—find out what’s wrong, provide the solution, and then coach members of the team as they implement that solution. You are  expected to know all the interventions and to offer best answers to leaders who ask for your help.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Complex Systems

Oct 1, 8, 15, 2019 | 12p - 2p (cdt) | 5p - 7p (gmt) | Online

You encounter difference everywhere--different ideas, different experiences, different beliefs, different lifestyles, and different goals. Today’s complex world brings diversity into almost every area of your life.

Leading Adaptive Action

October 2 - 4, 2019 | Cluj, Romania

Leaders across Romania find innovative responses to complex challenges. For the 13th year in a row, The Development Center for Management (CDM) will host their Power through People conference. Glenda Eoyang will present three public programs to help leaders find the practical insights from complexity science to help them thrive in this Age of Uncertainty.

Complexity in Human Systems

November 7 - 8, 2019 | Washington DC

Stephen Hawking famously said that this century would be the century of complexity. From its early days in the Santa Fe Institution, complex adaptive systems theory has increasingly moved from the world of academia to practice. Sometimes known as the science of uncertainty, it provides radically new ways to understand how to create organizations that are resilient and adaptive.

Adaptive Action and Emergent Networks

November 19, 20, 22, 2019 | 12p - 2p (cst) | 6p - 8p (gmt) | Online

You often connect with others to complete projects, share interests, or create social change. You connect through a network of formal and informal exchanges that share energy and other resources to accomplish your goals.

Work Across Differences: Adaptive Action and Collaboration

December 17, 18, 20, 2019 | 12p - 2p (cst) | 6p - 8p (gmt) | Online

In the complexity that makes up your life, it is easy to use the differences that are important to you to describe or define the uniqueness of groups and individuals. Differences can be the energy points for significant change. Your challenges often arise, however, when those dividing lines of difference serve only to separate and divide.

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