Archive for Pegasus

Climate Change in Japan

Sitting next to Japanese colleagues for dinner at the 2007 Pegasus Systems Thinking conference last week, I learned that Riichiro
Oda, from Change Agent Inc. had hosted seven World Cafés in Japan this year, the most
recent being one on Climate Change! I asked him to send us more of the story, and am looking forward to sharing it with you when I hear back from him.

Day 1: Conversation Space

After the first keynote by Debra Meyerson, the conference moved into the morning’s concurrent sessions. This year we had arranged to have a conversation space available throughout the conference that would be hosted during the scheduled morning break-out sessions and afternoon forums.

Several of us from a variety of hosting communities – World Café, Open Space, and Art of Hosting – had gotten together, created a hospitable environment and devised a hosting schedule so that there would always be at least two hosts collaborating during each session. This first session was mine, working with the amazing Nancy White.

I was a bit nervous because this was the first one and would set the
tone. I’d never formally hosted a conversation before and hadn’t had
the chance to huddle with Nancy to get a sense of what we would do,
which I had expected we would. To compound my insecurity, most of the
initial people who gathered came because the other sessions were all

But even from the beginning the hosting team was attracted to play
together no matter whose ‘turn’ it was, so there were several others
there to give me courage and support and it soon became clear that I
knew exactly what to do. The conversation space was launched!


As our small circle grew to over 20 people, and the conversation began
to weave its juicy way around, our experiences from the morning began
to settle and reflect themselves back to us. Through the speaking of
our words and the listening to each other’s words, through the essence
that Nancy sensed in the conversation and translated into visible form,
colors, images, metaphors and phrases for us to see, we began to
integrate the information we had taken in and ground it. We began to
bring it through the cognition of our minds and into the knowing of our
hearts and bodies.

For the continuing blog harvest, of the afternoon session of the 1st day, click here.

Systems Thinking in Action 2007

This post is the ToC for an in-depth harvest of the 2007 Pegasus Systems Thinking in Action conference, held in Seattle, Washington.

If you were there, please use the comments link at the bottom of
each post to give your own perspective or share your experiences at the
conference, and if you weren’t, please add your questions and ideas.
(Use the Quick Link guide below, or start at the beginning and just follow the links straight through)

 Prelude – A quick background of the relationships behind our collaboration and the role the World Café played at this year’s event

Day 1: AM – Monday’s morning weaving & Debra Meyerson’s Keynote on ‘Tempered Radicals

Day 1: Conversation Space – The first hosted Conversation Space session

Day 1: Afternoon – Afternoon weaving and Otto Scharmer’s Keynote on ‘Theory U

Day 1: Evening – Dinner with the Japanese book translation team and other colleagues from Asia

Day 2: AM – Tuesday’s morning weaving & a Keynote by the team from Boeing entitled ‘Synergy of Action: Large Scale Change Takes Flight at Boeing

Day 2: Conversation Space – Tuesday morning’s Conversation Space session

Day 2: Conversation as a Radical Act – Juanita Brown’s presentation, with Nancy Margulies and Nancy White

Day 2: Afternoon – Tuesday afternoon’s weaving and Van Jones’ Keynote on ‘Multiplying our Impact

Day 2: Evening – Informal open reception co-hosted by The World Café, Berkana Institute & Art of Hosting

Day 3: AM – Wednesday morning’s weaving session

Day 3: Conversation Space – Wednesday’s hosted Conversation Space session

Day 3: Final KeyNote & Closing – The last Keynote, Peter Senge’s ‘Collaboration: The Human Face of Systems Thinking‘, and the conference closing

Day 3 – Conversation Space Debrief – with the Conversation Space hosting team and the Pegasus conference organizers