Saybrook Faculty and Students Engage in Crisis Management Workshop in Renton, Washington

Saybrook Faculty and Students Engage in Crisis Management Workshop

Saybrook University faculty and students led a crisis management workshop at the City Hall of Renton, Washington for city officials and residents on April 29-May 1, 2015. The project was designed as a community outreach project and led to a Certificate in Crisis Management. Saybrook faculty Nancy Southern and Gary Metcalf taught the workshop, along with Dr. Ian Mitroff, Senior Investigator at the Center for Catastrophic Risk Management at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Managing the Globally Networked Organization (part 2)


Successful managers in virtual organizations say that it's not about the tasks - the first priority is building relationships on the team, so that it can function like a team. So that people aren't afraid to offer innovative ideas or criticize bad ones. So that team members will know someone has their back.

How do you do that in a virtual environment - especially if you're working with teams that span the globe?

That's the question Dr. Charles Piazza takes up in part two of his recent webinar, "Managing the Global Letwork Organization:  Strategies for Engaging Dispersed Teams."

See Part 2 here

(See part 1 here)

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Managing the Globally Networked Organization (part 1)


How do organizations made up of networked employees across the country, or the world, foster the close teamwork and collaboration necessary to make basic processes move smoothly, let alone to innovate and thrive? 

It's a vital question to answer, impacting everything from global productivity to worker satisfaction.  

Dr. Charles Piazza, who directs Saybrook's MA in Management (specializing in global workforce collaboration) says that the information economy has disrupted the tools we had, but has also given us the tools we need.  

This five minute video is part 1 of a webinar he gave on the subject to working professionals, on January 15.

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Moving families - and family businesses - towards collaborative and sustainable models


Families and money don’t mix – except that they do, all the time.  Many families are unprepared to deal with the psychological issues that come with financial issues.

Nowhere is this more true that in the issue of family run businesses, and it’s an area that Saybrook Professor of Psychology and Organizational Systems Dennis Jaffe specializes in.  One of the leader researchers in the psychological dynamics of family owned companies, he’s helped develop many of the assessment and development tools used to help families engage in responsible stewardship.

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Watch Dr. Nancy Southern's presentation on "Finding Our Way in a Complex World"


How do you find your way in an increasingly complex world?  The answer that Dr. Nancy Southern gave the 2014 Systems Thinking in Action conference, seems simple at first glance: "Focus on Relationships." 

A video of her presentation is now available in the "Library" of Rethinking Complexity, Saybrook's community dedicated to advancing systems thinking in the world.

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Conversations About the Future of Systems Research


There is a long connection between Saybrook and systems conversations, which continues to this day.  The semi-annual conversations have been hosted by the International Federation for Systems Research (IFSR), and were historically known as the Fuschl Conversations (due to their location at Fuschl am See in Austria). Bela Banathy, the founder of the systems program at Saybrook, initially led these conversations.  He extended the conversations through the International Systems Institute, based in the US, hosting annual conversation events at Asilomar, in Pacific Grove, CA.  Bela brought me into the IFSR where I have served as part of the Executive Committee since 2002, and President since 2010.  

The seventeenth IFSR conversation was held this past April in Linz, Austria.  It was the largest conversation that the IFSR has hosted to-date, with 42 participants working in six teams.  The topics on which the teams chose to focus spanned a wide range of systems concerns, from the philosophy of systems to the principles of the conversation itself.  One team considered the future of cybernetics, and another continued work on applications and models in systems engineering.  A fifth team continued work on “curating the conditions for the emergence of thrivable systems.”  The sixth team addressed the issue of systems research—ranging from what systems research is to the method(s) that a legitimate systems research project should ideally follow.  

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Saybrook University announces PhD focusing on Humane Education


Humanity’s step into the 21st century has been accompanied by global problems in need of new solutions:  better approaches to spreading human rights in a time of scarce resources, an increased understanding of environmental stewardship, and new strategies to create just and healthy societies around the world.

Most of us want to address these challenges, solve these problems, but don’t know how.  An education designed to get us a job and keep us thinking inside the box doesn’t provide us with the tools needed to be more effective citizens of the 21st century.

But we can change that.

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Saybrook Partners with Osaka Prefecture University

Skyline of Umeda, in Osaka

In June President Mark Schulman travelled to Japan sign a memorandum of understanding with Osaka Prefecture University for educational and scientific cooperation. While there, he met with Osaka’s President  Taketoshi Okuno and other faculty. Osaka University is one of the largest public universities in Japan, enrolling more than 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students in four colleges and seven undergraduate and graduate schools.

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Saybrook University and Bainbridge Graduate Institute to hold workshop on cross-sector collaborative systems


Saybrook University is teaming up with Bainbridge Graduate Institute to hold a presentation and discussion on March 13, from 7 to 8:30 pm on “Tackling Wicked Problems - How can we Build and Support Cross-Sector Collaborative Systems?

Much of the work in building a sustainable world is cross-sector work requiring collective leadership and collaborative action. Tapping the wisdom in the room, the workshop will identify a few wicked problems related to sustainability, discuss who needs to be engaged in addressing them, and the challenges and opportunities for that engagement. Using examples of emerging inter-organizational networks, the workshop will explore the role of managers and consultants in supporting collaborative engagement and collective leadership for creative, systemic change.

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See LIOS students in action - with The Gnosis Project


LIOS excels at designing curriculum that supports students in applying learning and leadership competencies toward solving real life problems. As part of the second year curriculum in the Leadership and Organization Development program, for example, students form a Benefit Corporation within which much of the curriculum is delivered.  Students are challenged to model the type of leadership we want to bring to the world as future practitioners, while at the same time working within the context of the company to deliver products and services.

The Gnosis Project, the Benefit Corporation formed by the Fall 2013 student group, is conducting market research in order to identify meaningful trainings for the LIOS community, including alumni and current students. We are exploring how to expand perceptions of the skills and competencies that are required to be career ready when leaving LIOS.

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