Methods of (driving [Change) (Management], Networking and some Events

Action Research

What methods are there to support Change? How can one drive change through awareness creation? What methods are used in this field?

We had the U-Process on the conference and read great inputs about reflection and finding out „what our trees are“. I would now love to take these up and start a discussion and collection of methods on Change Management. I am currently researching on methods of personal and institutional Change Management and came across some approaches (first inputs, happy to get more of them) that I 1. would like to share and 2. would love to get some comments and methods you know to share them here.

Learning and Change through Action Research

Action research has a long history, going back to social scientists‘ attempts to help solve practical problems in wartime situations in both Europe and America. Greenwood and Levin trace its origins to the work of Kurt Lewin in the 1940s to design social experiments that could take place in natural settings. Lewin is credited with the phrases „Nothing is as practical and a good theory“ and the suggestion that if you want to understand an organization the best thing to do is try to change it. The participatory Action Research has a double objective. One aim is to produce knowledge and action directly useful to a group of people—through research, through adult education, and through sociopolitical action. The second aim is to empower people at a second and deeper level through the process of constructing and using their own knowledge: they „see through“ the ways in which the establishment monopolizes the production and use of knowledge for the benefit of its members. This is the meaning of consciousness raising or conscientization, a term popularized by Freire for a „process of self-awareness through collective self-inquiry and reflection“. The tradition of participatory rural appraisal similarly is concerned with „putting the first last“ and creating practical knowledge of use to the underpriviledged members of our world.

Find more about Action Research here and in the document attached:

Change Compass

The Change Compass is a collection of 30 decision matrices to support: Personal, Organizational, and Market Choices. The matrices promote a learning culture in strategy formulation, organizational development and interpersonal relationships. Explore options and make decisions based on sound principles and explicit assumptions.

Apart from this, I came across two events I feel are quite interesting:

Workshop Kommunikation in Veränderungsprozessen (sorry, this one will be in German):

This event is organized by an AIESEC Alumni using an interesting method: Simulations. Please refer to the introduction of the event below and the description attached.

„Das Gestalten und Umsetzen von Veränderungen gehört heute zum Standard-Aufgabengebiet eines jeden Managers und vieler Berater in Unternehmen, Organisation, unserer Gesellschaft insgesamt. Die Kommunikation hat im Change-Prozess eine herausgehobene Bedeutung. Sie ist es, die – wenn sie gelingt – aus einem gut geplanten Veränderungsprojekt ein erfolgreiches Veränderungsprojekt macht. Während man die Inhalte der Botschaften nur in Abhängigkeit vom tatsächlichen Projekt festlegen kann, sind die Art der einzusetzenden Kommunikationsmittel, die Reihenfolge ihres Einsatzes und ihre Wirksamkeit weitgehend unabhängig vom tatsächlichen Veränderungsgegenstand planbar. Grund genug, den Kommunikationsprozess vor Projektbeginn zu simulieren, anstelle nach dem „trial and error“- Prinzip am „offenen Herzen einer Organisation“ zu experimentieren.“

„ Start-up Meeting, Berlin“ (already took place, but interesting to know anyways)

We hope to welcome local activists and international visitors to our meeting to share thoughts, discuss sustainable solutions and inspire and connect communities of action. dropping knowledge as the host tries to connect local projects and people through modern-age media.
This is the German meeting from about 80 sessions worldwide motivated by, a community that presents more than 66.000 nonprofit and community organizations in 165 countries. It is in fact the best Nonprofit Career Center on the web, with hundreds of job and internship listings.
The parallel meetings aim to help launch a global network of people who want to change their communities and the world by connecting people, ideas, and resources in every possible way. If you´re dedicated to social change, we hope to welcome you in the dropping knowledge office.

Find out more about here:

Last thing from my side right now is the documentation of our Networking Cards we all wrote on IMAGINE that I typed down and finally will upload here for all of us.

Going through them I realized that there are a lot of common topics and its great that some of them (e.g. finding the tree) are already actively discussed here in the blog.

Well, before ending, one last inspiration that reached my inbox some day ago:

The Invitation
by Oriah Mountain Dreamer (A Native American Elder)

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your hearts longing.
It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.
It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain. I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine and your own, without moving to hide it or fade it or fix it.
I want to know if you can be with joy, mine and your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human.
It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself: if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul: if you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see beauty, even when it’s not pretty, every day, and if you can source your own life from its presence.
I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, ‚Yes!‘
It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up, after a night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children.
It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you can stand in the centre of the fire with me and not shrink back.
It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you, from the inside, when all else falls away.
I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

Happy bloging, looking forward to your comments,


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3 Antworten zu Methods of (driving [Change) (Management], Networking and some Events

  1. fraukegodat schreibt:

    Hi Nina,
    Great stuff!

    Here are two general Change Management starters:
    1. I tend to call it the bible of change management already. I bought the „Change Handbook“ after Imagine. You can get a glimpse here:

    2. The unofficial Pioneers of Change „Change Toolbox“:

    I had some interesting change method learning experiences last week: see following blog entries!!!

  2. Nina,

    I believe that it is important to understand the dynamic of resistance when it comes to considering practical activities for improving change adoption. One component of your research might delve into this aspect of change management. You might consider checking out this blog site: for a recent post that introduces a framework for analyzing sources of resistance, which can then assist in choosing the most appropriate activity for improbing change adoption.

    Good luck, MEJ

  3. Olasofia schreibt:

    thank you Nina!
    Very much appreciate the distillation of change management theory and techniques and your useful commentary on them.

    and i love this poem. Raw and perfect at the same time.

    And it reminded me of the author’s book „The call“ and particularly a quote about the inner voice that drives change.. or ‚the voice of the beloved‘ as she calls it.

    “sometimes it comes as a soft-bellied whisper. Sometimes it holds an edge of urgency.
    But it always says, „Wake up, my love. You are walking asleep. There’s no safety in that!“

    And it made me think, people often say ‚but if I listen to my intuition then I won’t get anything done‘ But she shows how it is the intuition that will move you in the most needed way in the moment. The only thing that ever gets in the way is all the unnecessary story we put on top of it.

    Look forward to more of your exploration and your thoughts.

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