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

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Leverage Difference for Meaningful Engagement

August 24, 27, 29, 2018 | 12n - 2p (cdt) | Online

In the 21st century, diversity is a given. Diversity of ideas, culture, experience, and information contributes to the complexity of your world. Individuals and groups stretch to the breaking point. They work to accommodate, respond to, and integrate this diversity into the fabric of their systems. Human systems dynamics (HSD) offers an approach for leveraging difference to create more meaningful engagements.

Networks and Adaptive Action: Connect to Create

September 25, 27, 28, 2018 | 12n - 2p (cdt) | Online

We often connect with others to address common interests or commitments, only to find how difficult it is to sustain such a network over time. There are many resources that support the development, structure, and maintenance of formal networks. What we find, however, is that in today's changing landscape, there is also a need for a way to think about some networks as less structured, more emergent, and more agile. In HSD, we understand the complexity of networks and offer some insights.

ESME II: Skills in Action

September 25 - November 16, 2018 | Online

APPLIED MEDICAL EDUCATION FOR THE TEACHER AND TRAINER International Association of Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) joins with the HSD Institute to support educational and institutional leaders of future and current health professionals.

Adaptive Action Coaching: Build Patterns for Success

October 3-5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, 2018 | 10a - 12n (cdt) | Online

Your clients’ lives are busier and more complex than ever. The chaos they feel limits their possibilities and momentum. They want to make choices that move them forward. Human systems dynamics (HSD) offers a powerful coaching model to help your clients find a path through their most challenging situations.

Making Sense of the Mess: HSD and Complex Change

Oct 23, 24, 26, 2018 | 12n - 2p (New Zealand Dates and Time Zone) Oct 22, 23, 25, 2018 | 7p - 9p (US Dates and Time Zone)

Change is accelerating for individuals, communities, and institutions around the world. Often change brings excitement and opportunity, but sometimes it challenges hope. Whether it is good or bad, we need to adapt at the speed of change and to cope with the messiness that results.

Generative Engagement: Beyond Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Nov 19, 2018 | Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC Canada

Everyone is talking about engaging across differences. Refugees, racial and cultural communities, victims of harassment, political adversaries, youth, elders, rural and urban dwellers—all experience the painful patterns of prejudice. Individuals and institutions are doing more than just talking.

Re-Innovate: Take Complex Change to Scale

Nov 20-21, 2018 | Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC Canada

Replication used to be the soul of taking an innovation to scale . . . If it works here, it should work there and everywhere. How can I implement with fidelity? We always follow best practices and evidence-based principles.

Collaboration and Adaptive Action: Build Connections for Powerful Action

December 6, 14, 2018 | 1p - 4p (cst) | Online

In the diversity of the 21st century, it is easy to allow differences that define us to become the dividing lines that separate us. Groups, teams, communities become insular and find it difficult to work together. And yet, in such a diverse world, it’s critical that we learn to share resources, perspectives, and talents in ways that enrich all our opportunities. Human systems dynamics (HSD) offers models and methods for supporting deep collaboration that leverages all contributions.

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