As metaphors go

1. None of us chanted it was a straight, sooty summer the summer we electrocuted Fort McMurray Formamurrie Former Murray that summer none of us chanted the fort the fort the fort is on fire   that summer we stopped feeling the Bern and trembled afore the trump.fern.o and cheered on first responders mobilized all hands, […]

Spacy Connect

Spacy connect. Our timorous breath   is not enough is nowhere near enough   iJibber this iJabber that The more we make contact The more contacts we make The less we ground The less we rest; Feverishly hearting all the livelong day Under all that overwire everywhere All that overwire everywhen: Less and less we […]

Advice to no-one in particular

Communicate clearly Make decisions Plan collaboratively Facilitate peoples’ success Hold space for peoples’ talents, interests and passions Let people do what they’re good at Let people do their jobs Let people develop their own relationships Co-define the work, the priorities and the goals Share the thinking Advocate for training, skills and capacity Be a colleague […]

5 ways, 2 good tips, and 1 good reason to open the conversation about digital in your organization

Sometimes, our organizations need a little help having conversations. Especially complex conversations that have implications for the issues we work on and how we work on them – how we organize, educate and communicate, and how we work together. Digital is one of those conversations. Organizationally, it’s a whopper. Digital is reshaping the landscape – technological, economic, […]

Get clear about why your organization should open the conversation about digital

Our society is undergoing a shift to a digital infrastructure. Nonprofit organizations of all kinds need to make the shift as well. Shifts can be mindful and organic. Or they can be disruptive and damaging. They can redistribute power more equally. Or they can make power more remote and unaccountable. The shift to digital is […]

Connect with like-minded folks

Digital, like the earth, is a common treasury for all. Information and communications technologies no longer belong to one or two departments. It’s up to all organizational workers to lay claim to collective ownership of the digital means of production. If that sounds too positively revolutionary, then folks have other options. Find people in your organization, […]

Help your organization make the digital cultural shift

Help needed: Diplomats and ambassadors. Bridge-people. Those who can move between analogue and digital, between old ways and new ways, across misconceptions about, and resistance to, change. This is where “change agents” ask our organizations to do things differently. It’s not always an easy road. Digital development varies across different organizations. Some groups are quite advanced as […]


Change takes time. Breathe. Prepare to move slower than you might like. Our organizations face incredible evolutionary drag, sometimes paralysis, in the face of the overwhelming enormity of the challenges before us – social, economic, ecological. It’s hard to make cultural change in this kind of milieu. It takes time. Breathe, even as you know […]


Remember that conversations can be like rivers: they meander. Be prepared for the conversation to happen organically and not necessarily in a preplanned, expertly facilitated way. You might see an opening here, a window there. It might go slowly here, and swiftly there. Don’t gird yourself for conflict with anyone, not even Soandso – they […]

Disrupt or be disrupted

Tech change has been disrupting work, workplaces and workers for centuries. Today’s digital disruptions are part of a long tradition of upheaval, dislocation, conflict and control. Digital disruption takes many forms, some obvious and some not as much. It’s obvious in sectors like transportation and accommodation, where taxi drivers and local bed and breakfast operators lose […]

The War For Story

We live in a world where everybody has their story, and every business does too, from Fortune 500 companies to your local shops. As humans, we connect to each other through our stories. Marketers have been taking notes. The war for story is on. Not a war of stories, in the sense of “the best story wins.” A war for story – […]