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Nexus II is Quickly Approaching

Nexus II LogoNexus for Change II is right around the corner, and those of you interested in large-scale whole-system change methods should take note. Nexus II is a global convergence of practitioners, leaders, activists, social entrepreneurs and scholars committed to the power of participative change methods that transform whole organizations and communities facing 21st century challenges. It is hosted by the College of Business Administration and the Institute for Organization Effectiveness, and takes place in Bowling Green, Ohio at Bowling Green State University later this month (March 30 – April 1, with a pre-conference opportunity on March 29th and 30th).

Here’s the full announcement…

NEXUS U – A Pre-Conference Intensive
Saturday and Sunday • March 29 & 30, 2008
People are searching to learn specific techniques and principles of participative change methods. They want to connect with others doing large scale or large group work.

The purpose of this intensive is to provide you with a focused experience that will add concrete knowledge to your toolkit for transforming whole systems.

As a Nexus U participant, you will:
• Explore and uncover whole system change principles
• Learn the “basics” of the work – history, framework, theory and research
• Take a “deeper dive” on specific methodologies you choose (pick two)
• Learn the fundamentals for designing large group interventions
• Receive practical suggestions and support on your change initiatives
• Learn with professionals in a small group setting
• Experience the methods live
• Take home specific techniques, designs and checklists you can use the next day

NEXUS II – A Full Conference Experience
Sunday through Tuesday • March 30–April 1, 2008
We live in complex times where it is hard to know what to do.
Good intentions are not enough. Yet, people around the world are making a difference where they live and work through methods that tap into everyone’s intelligence. The purpose of NEXUS is to share what we know and what we are learning so that all of us are more competent to act in these times.

As a participant, you will:
• Experience whole system change practices in a large and diverse setting
• Obtain practical insights that inspire you to think and act
• Get stretched, refreshed, and affirmed in advancing your work
• Discover synergies through connecting with others in collaborative and unexpected relationships
• Contribute to the growing clarity and solidarity among an emerging community.
• Help advance our collective understanding of:
– The deeper patterns of this work
– Its applications in the field
– Research that informs our theory and practice
– Uncover the collective potential to do together what none of us can do alone

Learn more at www.nexusforchange.org.

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Sandy Heierbacher
Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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