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  1. Marga Biller

    Winter LILA Gathering February 5 -6 2019

    The Personal:  Understanding Identity and Micro-Narratives (February 5-6, 2019) If we are to engage with collective mindfulness, an important area of inquiry might be to get a better understanding of how individual identity plays into both driving collective mindfulness and is influenced by the context in which the individuals find themselves.  Individuals and groups engage in sensemaking and sensegiving activities as a way of reinforcing, reinventing or renegotiating identities.  Narratives are a mechanism through which this identity shaping process is revealed and hold clues about what is going on within the organization as individuals construct, interpret, and act within their...
  2. Marga Biller

    October 2018: Member Feedback

    Kelly Dear LILA Community   It was great to see all of you at the first session of the year for LILA.  The LILA team is assembling all the materials that were created as part of the gathering  and will be sharing them with you in the upcoming weeks.  In the meantime, we ask that you take a few moments to provide us your thoughts regarding the gathering.  Particularly, let us know:   What did you of find most interesting? What feedback do you have about the ways in which we support your learning including: the briefing document:  how did the brief help...
  3. Marga Biller

    September 2018 Member Call: Connecting to Challenges and Initiatives

    This is the summary of the first LILA member call for 2018-2019 focused on Collective Mindfulness. Shaping the Human Systems in Organizations: How do a group of people act as a collective and in a mindful way? As the members shared about their companies and the challenges they face, several themes arose around this year’s theme of Collective Mindfulness: Shaping the Human Systems in Organizations. Shaping the Human Systems in Organizations: How do a group of people act as a collective and in a mindful way? As the members shared about their companies and the challenges they face, several themes arose around this year’s theme of collective mindfulness.
  4. Marga Biller

    How Behavior Spreads: The Science of Complex Contagions by Damon Centola

    LILA guest speaker Damon Centola has published a new book about the ideas he shared at LILA. From the publisher: A new, counterintuitive theory for how social networks influence the spread of behavior New social movements, technologies, and public-health initiatives often struggle to take off, yet many diseases disperse rapidly without issue. Can the lessons learned from the viral diffusion of diseases be used to improve the spread of beneficial behaviors and innovations? In How Behavior Spreads, Damon Centola presents over a decade of original research examining how changes in societal behavior–in voting, health, technology, and finance—occur and the ways...
  5. Marga Biller

    2018-2019 LILA Theme: Collective Mindfulness – Shaping the Human Systems in Organizations

    Drawing on the fields of cognitive psychology, neurocognitive science, collective mind theory and organizational science we will explore questions such as what are the mechanisms that support collective mindfulness? How might we shape the social systems to create thriving ecologies? How might the macro and micro narratives come into conversation to further strategic paths? How can collective mindful organizing amplify the desired states? We will engage the theme through these three topics.
  6. Marga Biller

    Collective Mindfulness: Shaping the Human Systems in Organizations

    LILA Theme for 2018-2019:  Collective Mindfulness:  Shaping the Human Systems in Organizations In dynamic environments, how might we create the conditions that improve the quality of interactions in order to nurture collective sensemaking and collective action?   What are the states of dynamic organizations as they evolve and change?   Exploring collective mindfulness—defined “as the collective capability to discern discriminatory detail about emerging issues and to act swiftly in response to these details (Weick, Vogus & Sutcliffe) might provide some answers.  This year, LILA turns its attention to understanding how to nourish the organization and the systems whose future we hope to...
  7. Marga Biller

    2018 Feedback from Summit

    From Team What went well Reordering the agenda and putting small groups first then keynotes worked well. Energy levels were high all day. Participants were mixing well together Timing worked well, padding – allowing for transition times Food was delicious Animation allowed people to yield in to theme – coherent and synthesizing – providing good background for new people Flipchart with topic and room and signage on the rooms   What to consider for next year Reconfigure the opening to set a conceptual frame for the theme to anchor people into the conversation for the day Small groups could be...

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