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Kid Power! by Elizabeth Dozois

In response to multiple requests from the Human Venture community, Elizabeth Dozois has published a kids’ book!  Kid Power! features our community’s…
Dana Penrice
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Thinking about organizational design and the Human Venture

by Dana Penrice What are the consequences of using the machine as a metaphor for an organization? When I think…
Natalie Muyres
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Why we need hope, why we need Human Venture Leadership

by Laura Kennett, donor and volunteer board member with Human Venture Leadership I was knocked off a treadmill. Well, not…
Natalie Muyres
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For my children, their children, and all children

by Elizabeth Dozois, February 25, 2022 This year, the Human Venture Associates were tasked with writing an introduction to Human…
Natalie Muyres
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Reflections from the 2021 Solstice Gathering

On December 21st we had a strong turnout of HV community members to our online solstice gathering. It was a…
Natalie Muyres
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Human Venture Leadership: 2021 Report to Community

Prepared by Chris Hsiung The Role of Human Venture Framework When disasters start stacking on top of one another –…
Natalie Muyres
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The Freedom Convoy is really a battle of narratives

by Ken Low and Alison Hagan At a recent Friday community call Ken shared his thoughts on the truckers’ Freedom…
Natalie Muyres
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The Invasion of Ukraine: A Human Venture approach to reading the news

by Dana Penrice I am not a journalist. I am not a politician. I am not a historian. Nor am…
Natalie Muyres
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Recommended Reading: 2021 Book List

The Human Venture publishes a list of books and other resources annually. The list includes books that were either drawn…
Natalie Muyres
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Part 4: Ethics Begins with Compassion

by Nick Kalogirou This is part four of a six part series on ethics for the Human Venture blog. Ethics…
Natalie Muyres
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A Winter Solstice Message from Ken

by Ken Low Photo by Denys Nevozhai The holiday season is so meaningful because we get to spend time with…
Natalie Muyres
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Taking time to reflect on your life meaning and purpose

By Eleanor Finger In June 2021, the Human Venture Associates participated in a reflection exercise using questions adapted by Laura…
Natalie Muyres
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What kids need…. or, things I wish I knew about parenting

by Kim Rowe There is not much that I can think of that tests and changes you more as a…
Natalie Muyres
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Part 3: Ethics and Responsible Strategy

by Nick Kalogirou This is Part 3 of a series on responsible strategy. Here’s Part 1 on Responsible Analytics and…
Natalie Muyres
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On Memory

On memory and ground penetrating radar: Ken’s reflections on the remains of Indigenous children found The recent discovery of the…
Natalie Muyres
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Thank you to our volunteers

by Laura Kennet Did you know… Human Venture is supported by a team of volunteers? Did you know… Further explorations…
Natalie Muyres
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Part 2: Strategy, Grand Strategy, and Values

by Nick Kalogirou This is Part 2 of a series. Part 1: Pursuing Responsible Analytics. What is strategy? Strategy is…
Natalie Muyres
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Complexity Shock, Finding Patterns, and Adapting

by Laura Kennett and Eleanor Finger Introduction What a year! Full of disruption and adaptation, over and over again. If…
Natalie Muyres
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Part 1: Pursuing Responsible Analytics

by Nick Kalogirou Analytics and strategy help us navigate the fog of war, but don’t necessarily make us responsible or…
Natalie Muyres
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Recommended Reading: 2020 Book List

The Human Venture publishes a list of books annually. The list of books includes those that were either drawn on…
Natalie Muyres
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2020 Solstice Message

by Jason Low It’s amazing to think that Ken has been with the Human Venture community for 20 years now.…
Natalie Muyres
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Network Governance as an Empowerment Tool

by Blythe Butler and Sami Berger One of the functions of pioneer leadership is to build others’ capacity to understand…
Natalie Muyres
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Part 2: People in Converging Crises

People protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, next to the U.S. embassy in Paris, France,…
Laura Kennett
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Learnings From Parenting: Racism

by Lindsay Mitchell “I hate black people.” – Four-year-old white girl. These are words you never wish to hear spoken…
Natalie Muyres
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Part 1: Systems in Converging Crises

by Laura Kennett We are not only in the midst of a global pandemic; we are also experiencing a convergence of…
Laura Kennett
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An Opportunity for Civilizational Change

Image: Jason Wong, Unsplash by Elizabeth Dozois “There seems little doubt that we are currently in the midst of one…
Natalie Muyres
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Deep Voices

A view from Kim’s window, as she reflected on the pandemic, west of Calgary, March 2020. Kim was inspired to…
Natalie Muyres
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The Upside of COVID-19: What Gifts Does the Global Health Crisis Offer?

A man plays guitar as part of Italy’s musical event organized to raise morale for COVID-19. Image: REUTERS/Massimo Pinca by Elizabeth…
Natalie Muyres
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Recommended Reading from 2019

By Ken Low The following list of books includes those that were either drawn on in 2019 to support our…
Natalie Muyres
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Why Pay Attention to This

Image: Iceberg off the Grey Glacier in the southern Patagonia Icefields in southern Chile & Argentina in 2019.  The border between…
Natalie Muyres
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Poetry from Another Part of the Capitalist Machine

by Anonymous This is a collection of poems from someone named Xu Lizhi. He was a Chinese migrant worker who worked…
Anna-Marie Ashton
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On Either Side of Memory

by Ken Low Memory is a critically important part of adaptive intelligence. The function of memory is to record and…
Anna-Marie Ashton
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Inoculating Ourselves Against Ignorance

Inoculating Ourselves Against Ignorance by Natalie Muyres We recently kicked off our ninth Human Venture Leadership Alumni Program. The Alumni…
Anna-Marie Ashton
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The Mystery and Mastery of Strategic Thinking

There is a show on Netflix called Churchill’s Secret Agents: The New Recruits. The reality show takes people from today…
Dana Penrice
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Turning Everydayism on its Head

It is 8:30 am when I roll my sleepy self out of bed. Sorry people, I have yet to figure…
Dana Penrice
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Perspective: The Rise of Trump

This past year, the Human Venture Institute has been exploring the rise of Donald Trump as the President of the…
Natalie Muyres
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Solstice Reflection

by Ken LowHere we are at the solstice once again, the day when the sun stands still, or at least…
Anna-Marie Ashton
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Beyond Remembering

by Ken Low Remembrance Day originated as a memorial to members of commonwealth forces who died in the line of…
Anna-Marie Ashton
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Life Ranging Kids: Power, Empowerment and Life Learning

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Anna-Marie Ashton
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Learning to Die in the Anthropocene

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Dana Penrice
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Resistance and Human Venture Progress

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Anna-Marie Ashton
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Witness to the Revolution

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Dana Penrice
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Stephane Hessel, The French Resistance, and the Human Venture

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Anna-Marie Ashton
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Resistance in Action

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Natalie Muyres
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Truth, Understanding, and the Human Story: Whence Came This Mess?

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Anna-Marie Ashton
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The Challenge of Truth in Reporting

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Anna-Marie Ashton
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Change the Story, Change the Future

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Dana Penrice
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Sy Montgomery

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Natalie Muyres
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The Hidden Life of Trees

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Dana Penrice
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Solstice Reflection

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Anna-Marie Ashton
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Reading for Life Learning

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Natalie Muyres

Human Learning Ecology in a Time of Unrest

by Dana Penrice Board Chair, Human Venture Leadership As we are sorting through the recent events in America, it is…
Dana Penrice