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

Upcoming Live Virtual Workshops

Incurable Curiosity: Pay Attention Today to Plan for a Future You Can’t Control

December 6, 2018

Tomorrow rushes toward you, sometimes faster than the speed of thought. You don’t know what to pay attention to. You don’t know what to ignore? How can you inoculate yourself against being overwhelmed by the rate of change?

HSD helps you catch your own “case” of Incurable Curiosity. Inquire deeply into the present so you can prepare for the future.

Quarterly Virtual Mini-Conference

December 20, 2018

Annual Live Virtual Holiday Celebration

Authoritarianism: Patterns of Politics

February 7, 2019

Today, all over the world, you see rising patterns of partisanship and nationalism. Even if they don’t affect you today, these trends may transform your future. HSD helps you see and respond to patterns of politics in novel and useful ways. Our models and methods generate patterns of engagement and abundance to help you connect and thrive in spite of forces that seek to divide and conquer.

Historically, humans have experienced periods when authoritarian power was on the rise, marginalizing or even eliminating opposing or dissident voices. One way these leaders influenced others was to create a sense of tension.  Autocrats use stories and innuendo to make their followers believe there are “others” plotting to take away their assets, their power, or their privilege. These leaders build walls—literally and figuratively—that divide, so they can conquer. They use propaganda to spread a narrative of impending doom and fear.

In this Live Virtual Workshop, Glenda Eoyang talks about using Adaptive Action to help you step into your next wise action in the face of the propaganda of authoritarianism in your neighborhood, around your community, and across your nation.

New Paradigms: Break the Beliefs that Hold You Hostage

March 7, 2019

You need new beliefs and expectations to thrive—even to survive—in today’s complex world.  When you step beyond what “used to work,” you find breakthrough ways to solve the new problems you face. When you embrace a new perspective, you step into a new paradigm. HSD gives simple, step-by-step guides for living into a new, complex, future-oriented paradigm.

As new paradigms emerge, they help us to understand old challenges in different ways. We find new approaches and solutions to the challenges that seemed intractable in the old paradigm. Standing in the new paradigm, many of the old beliefs and expectations no longer hold, and new perspectives emerge. We see this phenomenon in the 21st century as human systems are forced to remain productive in a world of complex patterns of interaction, decision making, and change.

In this Live Virtual Workshop, Glenda Eoyang outlines a bold new paradigm to help you thrive in the reality of your emerging future.

Make it Happen: Activism, Inquiry, and Adaptive Action

April 11, 2019

The rules of social action have changed in the chaos of current events. Opportunities for activism toward social change are more prevalent than ever. You can step into a role that influences the patterns of social norms and expectations. When you stand in inquiry, you see clearly how to connect with powerful others and take courageous action.

In today’s complex and quickly changing world, there is need and an opportunity for a new generation of activism. Global change is fanned by digital media, broad-ranging connections, and vast diversity. In such a world, activism depends on the ability to see, understand, and influence patterns of interaction and decision making. Individuals and groups that engage in iterative cycles of learning and action are best equipped to bring about changes they seek.

In this month’s Live Virtual Workshop, Glenda Eoyang talks about how HSD’s Adaptive Action, Pattern Logic, and inquiry can support you as you change your world.

Strategy and Adaptive Action: Set Conditions for Innovation and Productivity

May 2, 2019

In today’s fast changing, and unpredictable world, you find that traditional strategic plans don’t prepare you for the reality you face. When you can’t plan strategically, you still need a strategy that is robust enough to inform innovative action as challenges and opportunities emerge. HSD offers Adaptive Action in the context of the far-horizon goals to help you to create the best action today.

Landscapes of businesses and communities in the 21st century are quick to change, and they are complex. It’s no longer enough to develop and live by a Strategic Plan designed to conquer today’s image of what the world will look like in three or five years. In today’s landscape,  you have to see the changes around you and respond with innovative ideas that are fit for purpose in your world.

In this Live Virtual Workshop, Glenda Eoyang describes long-term strategy that uses inquiry and Pattern Logic. Then she shows you how to use iterative cycles of Adaptive Action across your system. It’s a strategy that helps you make your day-to-day, operational work contribute to action strategic against your most intractable challenges. 

HSD in Action: Leveraging the Complexity in Your Life

June 6, 2019

You encounter new perspectives and opportunities every day that challenge what you were taught about the world. You find that strategies for taking action often don’t work as well as they used to. Every day new books and approaches describe your most current challenges. They paint broad pictures of things you might do, but they don’t offer new guidance about how to take more effective action.  HSD offers a distinctly different path for dealing with the complexity in your life, exploring deeply into the complexities you face, informing decisions about how to step into your next wise action.

Complexity in the world has been studied through multiple scientific perspectives. Different disciplines can study the same phenomenon and describe it in different ways. Descriptions can help us see complex patterns in new ways. They cannot, however, inform wise action unless they also explain underlying dynamics of complexity that shape human action and interaction.

In this month’s Live Virtual Workshop, Glenda Eoyang talks about particular concepts and perspectives she has used to inform and shape human systems dynamics. She shows you how to use HSD to embrace and leverage complexity to build adaptive capacity to face today’s intractable challenges.

Adaptive Consulting: Stand in Inquiry to See, Understand, and Influence

August 1, 2019

As a consultant, you work with a variety of individuals, groups, and/or organizations. Each one is unique. What worked in one place may or may not be effective in another. You look for an approach you can rely on, only to find that your work calls for innovative responses at every turn.  

Standing in inquiry, HSD-based consultants use principles, models, and methods of HSD to help clients leverage uncertainty across their systems. It is a unique approach that shifts the consultant from the “expert with the answers” to the co-learner/teacher who stands alongside, using inquiry to guide the interactions.

In today’s Live Virtual Workshop, Glenda Eoyang, shares the HSD consulting process and approach. She will reveal how you engage others in their own iterative cycles of seeing, understanding influencing as they make sense of the complexity in their worlds.

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.

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.

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