Glenda Eoyang, founder of the field of HSD, hosts free, online Virtual Workshops (webinars) every month. Covering topics from health care to education reform to world peace, she draws on current events, global opportunities and concerns, and local actions. You will be invited to stand in inquiry about some of today’s most salient and intractable questions. Join us on the first Thursday of each month (except January and July) at 11a - 12p CST. Register, even if you cannot attend, and you will receive a link to the archive recording to view at your leisure.

Each quarter, we hold an HSD Community Gathering where members of the HSD Community share how they are using HSD in their work, in their homes, or in their communities. Join us for these 90-minute sessions, 11a - 12:30p CST, that highlight and celebrate the patterns of diverse applications and deep innovations that HSD Professionals are creating in the world.

Upcoming Live Virtual Workshops and HSD Community Gatherings

HSD Community Gathering

December 16, 2021

Join us to hear how members of the HSD Community of Praxis use HSD in their homes, workplaces, and communities. This 90-minute event will highlight and celebrate the patterns of diverse applications and deep innovation that members of the Community are creating in the world.

How Close is Close Enough? Use Accuracy to Make Sense in Uncertainty

February 4, 2022

When change is fast and unpredictable, searching for perfection is a waste of time. Today your world moves too quickly! By the time you take a measurement, the landscape has changed, and your data is out of date. Precision used to be the highest standard, but in the uncertainty of today’s complex world detailed precision is neither possible nor useful. Today we have to evolve to the world of “excellent enough,” “close enough,” “good enough.”

In this month’s LVW, Glenda Eoyang explores the value of seeking accuracy over precision in the chaos and urgency of today. Join her to consider how you can make sense of a complex situation without driving yourself and others crazy with needless details.

Look for Mileposts that Matter: Navigate Differences in Complex Systems

March 4, 2022

In a world of rapid change and unbelievable variety, you must find the differences that make a real difference. You make decisions when evidence is in short supply and the future is fuzzy. Old fashioned, rational decision processes assume you have time to invest and control to implement. In the future, you and your teams will have precious little time or control. You will need an alternative decision process that fits the challenges of tomorrow.

In this LVW, Glenda Eoyang will introduce an adaptable, flexible, and resilient decision process. It will support you and your team in even the most complex situations. 

Time is Not a Tightrope: Stand Strong in Each Moment

April 7, 2022

In a complex, uncertain world time does not flow in a straight, unbroken line. We can reflect on and learn from the past. We can imagine a smooth path into the future, but in the moment of change, anything can happen. And to make matters worse, any moment can be a moment of change. The challenge we face is to be present as change emerges, to be curious to explore options, and find the courage to act, even when the future is unknowable.

In this Live Virtual Workshop, Glenda Eoyang will talk about how HSD can help you build the Adaptive Capacity you need to thrive in such unpredictable change. Leave with tools to access and leverage your memories and imagination to step off the tightwire and see time as the safety net below you.

Find Possibility in Difference: Leverage Differences into Energy

May 5, 2022

Two things sustain a complex system: Similarity and difference. The similarity holds the system together with coherence and identity. Difference introduces the potential energy of tension and possibility. Most tools of applied social sciences focus on “common ground.”  Similarity becomes the platform for building a shared future. We avoid difference. We fear it because we don’t know how to capture and channel its power. In HSD, we recognize difference as a source of energy. It is the driver of change. It is the root for learning and growth. It is full of promise and possibility—if we just let ourselves use it.

In this LVW, Glenda Eoyang shares tools from HSD to help us recognize and leverage the possibility in difference. Bring your most wicked issues and leave with a plan to see and leverage the possibilities that hide in the differences you dread.

Build Adaptive Capacity: Seek Fit for Function

June 2, 2022

You deal with complexity and uncertainty that are inherent in today’s landscape. You live and work in an interdependent world where cause-effect relationships are unclear. You can’t plan effectively for the future. Powerful forces beyond your understanding shape your day-to-day existence. Traditional ways of being, knowing, and doing emerged to cope in simpler times, but they are not so useful today. You need capacity to thrive in such an unpredictable world. HSD offers a powerful path to build Adaptive Capacity you need to thrive in the world of today and tomorrow. Adaptive Capacity is the ability and willingness to engage with the world and stay resilient in the face of persistent change.

Join this month’s LVW to learn about the theory and practice of Adaptive Capacity. Leave with skills and tools to build  your Adaptive Capacity to thrive in the future, whatever it brings.

When Life’s Answers are Elusive: Look Into the Questions

August 4, 2022

In HSD, our first Simple Rule is to “Stand in Inquiry.” It is first on the list for a good reason. In today’s emergent and unpredictable world, there are not many answers we can count on. Yesterday’s answers don’t fit today’s questions, and tomorrow’s answers have not emerged yet. The best we can do is find questions in the moment to open the world, access the resources we need, and look toward a productive future. The HSD community shares a practice that helps us avoid getting stuck in obsolete answers and moves us always toward the next revealing question.

 In this LVW, Glenda Eoyang will talk with us about what it means to “Stand in inquiry.” Learn to find questions to confront the challenges you face when answers of the past are not good enough for your future.

Patterned Responses to Difference: Address Bias, Privilege, and Hate in a Diverse World

September 2, 2022

In HSD we see challenge and opportunity in terms of the patterns that shape them. Three particular patterns interact to create cultural patterns of bias and racism. Each of the contributing patterns emerges from experience and influences decisions in the moment to either reinforce or displace personal and systemic racism. Power of privilege and power of possibility emerge between and among people wherever they come together.

Power of privilege shows up when people have the position, resources, and respect to take action for their own benefit. Power of possibility shows up when people use their stories, relationships, and personal identities to influence systems for themselves and others.

 Glenda Eoyang talks in this LVW about what might happen if we began to see and respond to such patterns with empathy and awareness. Learn about the Generative Engagement model and use it to take informed action to navigate differences that separate us today.

In Robust Systems, Connections Count: Build Connections to Reduce Risk in Complex Times

October 6, 2022

We are connected to others in massively entangled networks of family, friendship, community, work, and social or political groups. These connections satisfy our social, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs. Often, however, we don’t recognize or leverage the potential of these networks. In today’s world, traditional networks are becoming less connected and new ones are emerging. These changing patterns matter because robust connections determine the strength of our responses in complex and unpredictable situations. Connections allows us to reach out, to build reciprocal relationships, to give and get access to limited resources. This is a moment of possibility, as new networks emerge and old ones disappear. We can choose to build or maintain connections that empower us and connect us in networks of mutual support.

 In this LVW, Glenda shares insights about establishing robust systems. Learn what it takes to build powerful connections that help reduce existential risks of living in today’s complex world. 

What am I missing? Find Your Problem’s Most Interesting Patterns

November 3, 2022

Native American stories distinguish “mouse eyes” and “eagle eyes.” Like other tensions in cultural wisdoms, both of these perspectives are rich with possibility. Each one also comes with risks and challenges. If you make mouse eyes a habit, then you miss the rich context and long-range interactions. If you always play the eagle, you will miss glorious details of the moment.

When we are swamped by our problems, we tend to get stuck with the mouse. We face complexities of life every day. We experience a challenge or face a barrier and take the steps we believe will get us past that problem. Rarely do we step back to look at the larger patterns through the eyes of the eagle. Eagle eyes will help us understand the dynamics of our problems and see our complicity in their origins. While many mouse-level surprises are beyond our control, some of them we can see, understand, and influence from the eagle’s view.

Join Glenda Eoyang to consider how to use HSD to see from both perspectives and turn problems we can’t solve into patterns we can influence. 

There’s Always the Next One: Plan for 2023’s Finite and Infinite Games

December 1, 2022

A new year brings opportunity for a new start. It can be a time to reflect on the past and resolve to change patterns that no longer serve us. The problem is that those plans usually go awry after a short time. We plan a game we think we can win and often lose before we really get started. In HSD we call that playing the Finite Game. We plan for the short term, without considering the long-term implications. The alternative is an Infinite Game that recognizes the value of a lifelong commitment to systemic and continuous self-improvement.

In this LVW, Glenda will explore Finite and Infinite Games as she prepares for the new year. You, too, can shift your patterns of planning and change. Leave this workshop with the some new skills and ideas to build New Year’s Resolutions to change your life for the better in 2023.

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