"When we look at the most beautiful towns and
cities of the past, we are always impressed by a feeling that they are
"The feeling of 'organicness,' is not a vague
feeling of relationship with biological forms. It is not an analogy.
It is instead, an accurate vision of a specific structural quality which
these old towns had
and have. Namely: Each of these towns grew
as a whole, under its own laws of wholeness
and we can feel this
wholeness, not only at the largest scale, but in every detail: in the
restaurants, in the sidewalks, in the houses, shops, markets, roads,
parks, gardens and walls. Even in the balconies and ornaments."
- Christopher Alexander, et. al., A New Theory of Urban Design,
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Borgess Health Alliance Navigation
N: October 8, 1999
A: March 23, 2000
Exerpts of an email sent by Gail Taylor
in November, 1999:
Hello from Kalamazoo, MI and Borgess Health
This has been quite a week. I came to
BHA, after being away for a little more than a month, for our quarterly
review to find out how well we are doing as a BHA/MGT team to transfer
and learn from each other the ways to grow the Borgess NavCenter
system into a long term, vital part of the organization and community.
MG Taylor's agreement is that we will
be primarily through with the transfer in at the end of February. I'm
extremely pleased. I believe that we are doing an exemplary job!
This week has revealed the ability and
willingness of BHA to design, facilitate, krew, train, and do very complex
work in the Center. There is magic in the room now as 60 mid-level managers
and executives work to understand and put in place a program currently
called "sustainable stewardship." They have been challenged to find
and create a "living systems" competency of continually taking waste
out of the system. Lisa has been introducing them to the concepts of
CAS, feedback loops, places to intervene in the system, etc. They are
absorbing, learning, practicing. They are beginning to stick with the
"hard questions." Energy is bubbling up from the bottom to engage labor
and management together in solving these problems. It is being taken
BHA is undergoing tremendous changes.
There is a lot going on. We have been critical in helping them steer
their way through this complexity. And they have been active learners.
. . .
Palo Alto knOwhere Store
Palo Alto, California
October 8, 1999
The Palo Alto knOwhere store
has come a long way in the past year. The core team has stepped up to
a tremendous agenda of work and possibility, and begun to transform the
store into a true marketplace.
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