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Collaborating with the Enemy: The Academy for Systems Change hosts a virtual discussion with Adam Kahane
The Academy for Systems Change is a nonprofit organization focused on advancing the field of awareness-based systemic change in order to accelerate ecological, social, and economic well-being. We are a network of individuals, organizations, and other networks focused on cultivating thriving systems in education, marine ecosystems, business, sustainable communities, finance, and more. We work with leaders across multiple domains and ecosystems, recognizing the interconnectedness between them and the applicability of capacity building tools and frameworks across all.

In this webinar, the Academy for Systems Change hosts Adam Kahane in discussion about his most recent book: Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don't Agree with Or Like Or Trust.

Adam Kahane has faced this challenge many times, working on big issues like democracy and jobs and climate change, and on everyday issues in organizations and families. Collaborating with the Enemy addresses an increasingly central challenge of our time: how we can deal effectively with complex and conflictual situations that we find problematic and want to change, but that—no matter how much we wish to—we cannot change alone or by working only with our colleagues and friends. The book offers a simple framework (“stretch collaboration”) and set of practices (three “stretches”) for working with this kind of situation.

We suggest reading the book before our call, it will help you get more out of our time together and help to deepen our learning in the conversation.

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Mar 28, 2018 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Adam Kahane
Director @Reos Partners
Adam Kahane is a Director of Reos Partners, an international social enterprise that helps people move forward together on their most important and intractable issues. Adam is the author of Solving Tough Problems, Power and Love, Transformative Scenario Planning, and Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don’t Agree With or Like or Trust.
LeAnne Grillo
Founder and Faculty @Academy for Systems Change
LeAnne is a co-founder of Reos Partners and has contributed to a range of system change projects including a health equity scenario project in the United States, the global Sustainable Food Lab and its Leadership Fellows program. She also designed and directed Camp Snowball for six years, a systems thinking capacity- and community-building program for K-12 students and educators.
Darcy Winslow
President, Founder and Faculty @Academy for Systems Change
Darcy Winslow has been the President of the Academy for Systems Change since 2011. Darcy worked at Nike Inc. for over 20 years, and founded DSW Collective LLC, focusing on the alignment of organizational values and principles with the development and implementation of practical yet aggressive systemic sustainable design strategies.