Posts By Brian Dowling

Insight Maker – Understanding Systems Thinking and Systems through Trial and Learning

This being the third segment of the STIA Certification course and hoping to have started to convince some that system thinking could be helpful in addressing challenges facing our communities the need to be more hands on was realized. As mentioned in the previous post, a system is always of something, whether biological, social, orRead… Read more »

Systems Thinking Certification 2nd Segment Striving for Better Understanding

The second segment on the STIA Systems Thinking Certification course is titled Systems Thinking. The first, Web of Wonder, gave a general introduction to systems, some of their overall characteristics, described properties of what was termed ‘elements’ or what other have referred to as ‘stuff’ making up the systems, and means as to how systemsRead… Read more »

Web of Wonder Getting Deep into ST – Systems Thinking Certification

I am currently participating in the STIA (Systems Thinking in Action) Online Certification Program, guided by Gene Bellinger, most recently cited in, “How Do I Make Use of this Systems Thinking Stuff?” in Creating New Community Paradigms”. The platform for the lessons is Kumu, a web-based data visualization tool. I to write about what IRead… Read more »

Business Enters 3rd Phase of Social Marketing; Public Sector Generally Stuck at 1st and 2nd Phase

The Third Phase Of Social Marketing Is Upon Us: 5 Steps To Get Ahead BY BRANDON EVANS Brandon Evans is the CEO and founder of Crowdtap, writes about the Third Phase of Social Marketing in the November 19, 2012 issue of Fast Company magazine. It’s not about listening to customers, or even communicating with them.Read… Read more »

Sharing Information, Time, And Authority Makes You A Better Leader Even If You Are Not In Charge

Don’t Be A Power Hog: How Sharing Information, Time, And Authority Makes You A Better Leader by Erika Andersen Erika Andersen, a nationally known leadership coach and the founder of Proteus International, writes in her book Leading So People Will Follow (Jossey-Bass; October 2012 All rights reserved) on generosity being an essential trait of aRead… Read more »

Community Advocates can learn from Silicon Valley

6 Things Silicon Valley Can Teach Social Entrepreneurs WRITTEN BY: Claire Diaz-Ortiz Co.Exist Based on my work leading social innovation at Twitter, here are six essential things that Silicon Valley can teach social entrepreneurs. Claire Diaz-Ortiz If there is anyplace that knows about innovation it is Silicon Valley. Claire Diaz-Ortiz asks “Can a social enterpriseRead… Read more »

Still Looking for the App to bring Real Innovation to the Public Sector

Why Innovation Matters In Politics And The Public Sector Fast Company Nov 19, 2012 “No government official or business leader can assume technology will cure their organization’s woes. All forms of innovation and technology require intent and direction to produce a proper, valuable outcome. A coherent and disciplined management approach is important for several reasons.”Read… Read more »