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Inviting and Supporting Shared Well-Being* in Community Organizations

What can city government and communities organizations learn from 20-30 years of agile experimentation in software teams and other enterprises?

[*Well-Being = prosperity, resilience, agility, adaptation, innovation, learning and/or self-organization]



Starting Points

Listening and transparency aren't enough. It’s not enough for those in positions of authority to “listen” in order to inform transparent but still centralized decision-making. Our most important issues and challenges will require adaptive changes and choices to be made by formal authorities and stakeholders throughout the organization/community.

Complex, organic, emergent community solutions require leaders to model listening AND invite everyone in the community to follow that lead. Civic transformation requires that everyone is talking with everyone. Everyone is thinking, sharing, listening and being heard. Emergent solutions are messy at first, but ultimately more effective, durable and scalable. Focus on removing obstacles that prevent different kinds of people from coming together to create solutions that work for all.

Transparency is just the beginning. We need to follow it with:

Some of the sectors/issues/needs CA can address:

Core Practices for Inviting Agility

Benefits of Inviting Agility


Inc Dev Alliance

Other Experiments

Draft Designs

Practice Resources Library

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