The Visual Mapping Challenge

I’m pleased to announce Groupaya’s Visual Mapping Challenge! Before I get into any details, I’ll quickly explain why we’re taking on this challenge. The why? We love helping groups take collective action. Generally, the first step towards collective action is building shared understanding. Now helping a group build shared understanding and focus around just simple organizational issues can often feel like a daunting task. (If you’re struggling to do so with your own team or group, we always recommend some simple whiteboarding […]

Bringing Human Back

I had the privilege of spending the afternoon with Lain Shakespeare. Lain is not only my favorite descendant of famed storytellers Joel Chandler Harris and Shakespeare, he’s also my favorite MailChimp employee. He’s spent the past year serving as an ambassador between MailChimp and social change organizations. And he’s loved every second of it. I can’t think of the last time I heard a millennial so happy and enthusiastic about their job and organization. For those of you who don’t know, […]

Slowing Down While Keeping Up

It’s been more than a few weeks since our last post here at Groupaya, which should give you a small insight into how busy we’ve been. Given this current state of affairs, I was thrilled to discover that my dear friend and coach, Meredith Walters, was offering her first workshop through Skillshare entitled, “Slowing Down While Keeping Up.” Without even glancing at my overly packed calendar, I said, “YES! Sign me up!” And boy am I glad I did. So while I normally leave […]

Transformation through Documentation?

A new show from Intersection for the Arts asks, what is transformation? Whoever came up with the below answer was speaking to my heart: Believe it or not, we’ve actually talked about moving beyond documentation here at Groupaya. What we like to discuss is Leaving Trails to catalyze collaboration and support emergence in groups. We know that’s how ants support emergent, collective intelligence: through leaving pheromone trails that individually may seem stupid, but collectively emerge to intelligence. When you dig in to […]

Tetsu Suzuki: What Brings You Most Alive?

I consider myself fortunate to know Tetsu Suzuki, a senior project management superhero at Genentech. I have a few suspicions about what makes Tetsu so skillful in managing complex, uncertain projects. He’s organized, responsive, and does everything you need to be an outstanding project manager. He also brings so much more: he is authentic, agile, and embraces collaboration in a way that seems to bring out the best in everyone around him. Tetsu’s response to our question, “What brings you most […]