2023 Solstice Message

Natalie MuyresArticles, Updates

On December 19, 2023 the Human Venture met virtually and in-person to celebrate the winter solstice, a tradition for many years now. It provides our community the time to reflect and discuss the year gone by and the years to come. 2023 was an especially meaningful Solstice as it was the first without Ken Low. Steacy Pinney hosted us in … Read More

Kid Power! by Elizabeth Dozois

Dana PenriceAlumni Profile, Articles, Book Reviews, Updates

In response to multiple requests from the Human Venture community, Elizabeth Dozois has published a kids’ book!  Kid Power! features our community’s own Ken Low, and is loosely based on his experiences with the Can Do program, where he developed high-impact learning activities for kids. Ken had such a charming way of bringing out kids’ curiosity for the way things work which … Read More

Thinking about organizational design and the Human Venture

Natalie MuyresArticles, Updates

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

Natalie MuyresArticles, Updates

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

Natalie MuyresArticles, Updates

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

Natalie MuyresArticles, Updates

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

Natalie MuyresArticles, Updates

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

Natalie MuyresArticles, Updates

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

Natalie MuyresArticles, Book Reviews, Updates

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