Thinking about organizational design and the Human Venture

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by Dana Penrice What are the consequences of using the machine as a metaphor for an organization? When I think about this, I think about the pressures of outputs, the overwhelming feeling of trying to keep up, and the inevitable burnout. I think about simplified linear logic models of A + B + C = D. I think about specialized … Read More

Why we need hope, why we need Human Venture Leadership

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by Laura Kennett, donor and volunteer board member with Human Venture Leadership I was knocked off a treadmill. Well, not literally. But taking a program from Human Venture Leadership in 2011 knocked me off the figurative treadmill of conventional life I didn’t even know I was on. When taking a leadership course, we often expect to learn skills to propel … Read More

For my children, their children, and all children

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by Elizabeth Dozois, February 25, 2022 This year, the Human Venture Associates were tasked with writing an introduction to Human Learning Ecology and the Human Venture Meta-Framework. In the tradition of publications like James Baldwin’s Letter to my Nephew, Elizabeth decided to frame her introduction as a letter to her children – one that could be shared publicly. Here’s what she wrote. Dear Grady … Read More

Reflections from the 2021 Solstice Gathering

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On December 21st we had a strong turnout of HV community members to our online solstice gathering. It was a pleasure to see and hear from some folks for the first time in a long while! We took some time for people to share their personal reflections, Ken joined us to share his thoughts on the significance of the Solstice, … Read More

Human Venture Leadership: 2021 Report to Community

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Prepared by Chris Hsiung The Role of Human Venture Framework When disasters start stacking on top of one another – pandemic, heat domes, forest fires, wars – you can’t help but see these as indicators of systemic failure. Issues like human-caused climate change, fragile supply chains, or the shortcomings of political ideology begin to intersect in increasingly challenging ways. We … Read More

The Freedom Convoy is really a battle of narratives

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by Ken Low and Alison Hagan At a recent Friday community call Ken shared his thoughts on the truckers’ Freedom Convoy. Alison Hagan captured his reflections to share with the wider Human Venture community in this article and on the portal (available to alumni). The Freedom Convoy of the Canadian truckers’ story was compelling; it was about the ongoing struggle … Read More

Recommended Reading: 2021 Book List

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The Human Venture publishes a list of books and other resources annually. The list includes books that were either drawn on through the year to support our ongoing explorations and programming or were acquired in recognition that they filled a gap and could be useful in the future. The Human Venture community has read (or re-read) all of the books … Read More

Part 4: Ethics Begins with Compassion

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by Nick Kalogirou This is part four of a six part series on ethics for the Human Venture blog. Ethics is the study of right and wrong conduct. Why should we bother to conduct ourselves in the right manner? Fundamentally, right conduct can be grounded in the existential reality of suffering. We would like to avoid suffering, because we know … Read More

A Winter Solstice Message from Ken

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by Ken Low Photo by Denys Nevozhai The holiday season is so meaningful because we get to spend time with people we enjoy, we get to eat good food, and we get to feast on a diet of transcendent level experiences, images, stories and emotions. These experiences can be anything, like listening to a Christmas carol, or looking out your … Read More