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 11:00a - 12:00p (Central Time). Register, even if you cannot attend, and you will receive a link to the archive recording to view at your leisure.

Each quarter, Associates are invited to share their HSD stories in a virtual mini-conference. Three Associates share how they are using HSD in their work, in their homes, or in their communities. Join us for these 90-minute sessions, 11:00a - 12:30p (Central Time), that highlight and celebrate the patterns of diverse applications and deep innovations that HSD Professionals are creating in the world.

Upcoming Live Virtual Workshops

Tips for Adaptive Action: What Makes It Work?

September 5, 2019

You solve problems every day. You help others solve problems every day. You know about multiple decision-making and problem-solving models you can use in different situations. You find, however, that it’s sometimes difficult to be sure which model to use as you deal with the complex challenges you face in today’s world. Sometimes you follow a decision-making model into a rabbit hole, only to get stuck in the confusing swirl of data, meaning making, and possible actions.

Historically, most decision models come down to gathering data, analyzing data, making a choice, and acting. The differences from one model to the next have to do with how they collect data, what kind of data they collect, what questions they use to make sense of those data, and ways they move the decision to action. On the other hand, Human Systems Dynamics uses Adaptive Action, in all situations. This iterative cycle of observation, reflection, and action builds on previous learning in each iteration. Pattern Logic and Adaptive Action allow you to focus on the underlying dynamics that shape your challenge or opportunity to move beyond the surface  symptoms of any situation.

In this month’s Live Virtual Workshop, Glenda Eoyang shares some of the insights and “tips and traps” she has learned through her rich and varied career using Adaptive Action and Pattern Logic.

Quarterly Virtual Mini-Conference

September 19, 2019

Three Associates will share how they are using HSD in their work, in their homes, or in their communities. Join us for this 90-minute session that highlights and celebrates the patterns of diverse applications and deep innovations that HSD Professionals are creating in the world.

Research and Adaptive Action: Engage in Adaptive Action as a Research Approach

October 3, 2019

You tell yourself that research or evaluation is not your job. “Research is complicated, and hard, and…well, scientific!” “Research is what other people do.” Research seems like a rigorous and demanding process that you don’t have time for. And yet, you need to find new ways to address your challenges, new ways to serve your clients and customers, new ways to support and train your employees.

Often leaders want to move more deeply into understanding and creating more innovative and responsive approaches and responses to the challenges they face. But they find that traditional approaches to research and development are too expensive and time-consuming to be practical in today’s world. HSD offers a path to support innovation and creativity that is woven into day-to-day options for action across a system.

In this Live Virtual Workshop, Glenda Eoyang, offers new perspectives for applying Adaptive Action in both formal and informal research. She makes meaning of the research process: from establishing a question, to testing a hypothesis, to putting results into action.

Immigrants and Refugees: Leverage the Human Dynamics of Place

November 7, 2019

Imagine—or maybe you have only to remember—the enormity of the shift that’s required when people uproot their lives and move into a totally new and different culture. You may have made such a shift yourself. Or you may have friends, colleagues, or relatives who are struggling to make a place in a new home that is far from what they’ve always known.

For people who make the choice to move to a new place, the challenge of leaving what they knew and navigating the challenges before them can be overwhelming. For refugees, who make such a move out of desperation, fear, or coercion, those challenges are multiplied. Every action, every interaction carries potential for increasing tension. HSD can help explain the power of a “sense of place” and the challenge of recreating that in a new home.

In this live virtual workshop, Glenda Eoyang talks about how assumptions about who you are in your world emerge from the dynamics of where you live, work, and play. She offers a path for understanding those assumptions, whether you are the immigrant, or you support others who have moved. Find ways to thrive in the uncertainty of living, working, and playing in new places.

Planning and Adaptive Action: Move Forward from This Point

December 5, 2019

You know how to plan—everyone knows how to plan. And yet you know that planning is not a “one-size-fits-all” proposition. As you move into different types of planning, you realize the need for more, or less, detail, scope, or consideration. You sometimes have to consider a multitude of differences and influence; other times, planning experiences are simple and straightforward.

The main thing to remember is that the role of any plan is to help navigate and to help mitigate the tensions that are inherent in any change process. HSD offers a number of models and methods to help you navigate the tensions of change. From full-scale life changes to ramping up a new work challenge, to planning for a community event, Adaptive Action and Pattern Logic can inform your planning. It helps you know today’s landscape, understand the implications of current and past challenges and successes, and formulate the most fit plan for moving forward.

In this live virtual workshop, Glenda Eoyang will share tips and traps that will help you plan, using what you know today to map your path to a different future.

Quarterly Virtual Mini-Conference

December 19, 2019

At this meeting we celebrate the past and look forward to the growth and possibility of a new year. Join us in this HSD Holiday Celebration.

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