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 […]

Finding the Simplicity Embedded in Complexity

My friend, the amazing designer and facilitator, Gail Taylor, often exhorts people to find the simplicity embedded in complexity. I’ve been puzzling over this advice over the past few weeks, as I’ve been reflecting on our own practices for working with groups on complex problems. I recently came across two resources that I’d like to share. The first is from my friend, Jeff Conklin, who first introduced me to the notion of Wicked Problems a dozen years ago. This past […]

Groupaya Brown Bag Discussions

We hold learning in the highest regard. It’s a critical part of what we do with clients, and it needs to be a critical part of Groupaya the organization. In order to create more space to learn from each other, we’ve decided to start doing informal brown bag sessions every Thursday at noon at Fiore Caffe in San Francisco. And since we’re all about learning with community, we figured we’d open these up to anyone who’d like to participate. If […]