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How to Design Virtual Places with James Mahoney

How to Design Virtual Places with James MahoneyWhen exploring a new place, it is common to try to recreate what is already known, instead of asking what could be done that is unique and meaningful in this new space or what can this new place enable. Therefore, what is unique about virtual spaces is that things that are done or that happen in the real-world can´t necessarily be replicated such as the sense of touch and other out of body experiences, but through imagination other new actions, representations and activities may emerge and be More »

LILA Summit: Placemaking - Designing Organizational Attractors

LILA Summit: Placemaking - Designing Organizational AttractorsThis year we hosted the summit in a virtual format. The LILA Summit featured a keynote address by Marissa King who introduced us to her research on creating more conscious connections. She was joined by 4 past LILA faculty members who shared their latest research with participants during small group More »

Summary of March 2022 Member Call : Mastering Community

Summary of March 2022 Member Call :  Mastering CommunityWhat makes people thrive, and what makes them feel connected and engaged? Christine has surveyed hundreds of thousands of people and concludes that to help people thrive, we should focus on these levers: (1) unite, (2) unleash, (3) respect, (4) radical candor, and (5) provide More »

Power for All with Julie Battilana.

Power for All with Julie Battilana.During the October gathering, we explored what agency looks like and what practices might lead to greater agency for all.  Among the puzzles we identified was the connection between agency and power.  To help us deepen our understanding, we invited Julie Battilana to share her research with the LILA community.  Julie is a scholar, educator, and advisor in the areas of social innovation and social change. She is a both a Professor at the Harvard Business School and Professor of Social Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School.  Julie has recently published a book titled Power for All: How it Works and Why it's Everyone's Business with her co-author Tiziana More »

Trust - Harnessing the Power of Agency and Belonging

Trust - Harnessing the Power of Agency and BelongingPeople have an inherent need for belonging and agency, which can be fulfilled by trust in different ways. But just what is trust? It is the willingness to be vulnerable—to take a risk—in a relationship based on positive expectations of the trustee. And in the workplace belonging and agency matter because of their impact on job performance, commitment to the organization, and well-being. Mike’s research suggests that feeling trusted and having an opportunity to trust others can increase employees’ sense of belonging and agency. By a wide margin, the three biggest predictors of trust are ability, benevolence and integrity. (There is also trust propensity – a personality trait where someone is more willing to believe that others are reliable – but this can go away.) A few examples of trusting behavior include the supervisor’s willingness to rely on the employee’s skills and abilities, to disclose sensitive information or feelings to the employee, and to reduce monitoring of the employee. What are your thoughts? When have you experienced trust that led to your feeling a sense of agency, belonging and More »


Upcoming Events

September 21, 2023 – Member Call

October 17-18, 2023 – The Edge Effect

November 16, 2023 – Member Call

December 13-14, 2023 – Global and Social Edges

January 25, 2024 – Member Call

February 22, 2024 – Member Call

March 20-21, 2024 – Technological and Temporal Edges

April 18, 2024 – Member Call

May 16, 2024 – Member Call

June 12-13, 2024 – June Summit: Learning on the Edge: Constructing a path forward while surrounded by uncertainty

This Year’s Theme: Learning on the Edge

The frontiers of change – political, social, technological- are “edge” places: places of both excitement and uncertainty, where the future becomes the present, for better or for worse. Organizations live on these edges daily: navigating the transitions emerging from Artificial Intelligence, remote work, digital transformation, social and environmental justice responsibilities, as well as edges that have yet to come into view. To do this strategically requires fostering a workforce that is continually learning. In fact, we could say that learning is the future of work.

“Learning on the Edge” will draw from the fields of sociology psychology, neuroscience, entrepreneurship, and educational theory to explore such questions as: How do we spot the “edge places” and know which are paths to push forward, vs. cliffs to step back from? What are the new ways of thinking about capability development that support learning on the edge? How can formal and informal learning structures evolve along specific business edges? How might learning amidst “edgy” uncertainty expand continuous improvement and improve engagement, productivity, and retention?

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Once a year, LILA offers membership to a limited number of senior leaders from global organizations. If you are interested in participating in LILA there are three levels of levels of engagement.

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