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Updated January 4,
January 25 - 30, 2001, Gail and Matt Taylor, of MG Taylor and knOwhere,
Inc. will be in Davos, Switzerland facilitating several workshops during
the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. This year's focus: Sustaining
Growth and Bridging the Divides: A Framework for Our Global Future
"By almost any measure, the world economy has never been stronger.
We are just beginning to capitalize on the opportunities created by
the Internet and associated information technologies and the boost of
productivity they generate. The biotech revolution is upon us, creating
an entirely new range of activities. And the absence of major international
crises, or any overriding threat, is conducive to a more propitious
climate for economic and social development.
But never before have the "divides" seemed so intractable: the divide
between developed and developing countries; between those who have access
to IT and benefit from the Internet revolution and those for whom the
Internet is still a very distant dream; between the "knows" and the
know-nots; between the countries where healthcare is a daily reality
and the countries where even the most basic sanitary conditions are
non-existent. The social, political and ethical challenges created by
the cumulative impact of globalization and the IT and biotech revolutions
are testing, in an unprecedented way, our leadership capabilities, our
traditional ethical and moral compass, and our collective ability to
devise approaches leading to a more inclusive global community.
The World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting 2001 in Davos will be a "must"
opportunity to discuss strategies to "bridge the divides" and to sketch
a roadmap for a global future. Bringing together top business and political
leaders, concerned citizens and the world's most creative academic thinkers,
the Annual Meeting will once again make a major contribution towards
advancing the global agenda.
No other major international event creates such an interface between
business, government, academia, civil society and the media. No other
event puts key decision-makers together in one place, at one time, to
tackle the major challenges facing the world. No other event can capture
the spirit of Davos."
For more on the World Economic Forum and the upcoming meeting in Davos,
Taylor, in partnership with George Mason University, Knowing Journal,
and Community Intelligence Labs is pleased to announce the commencement
of the Knowledge
Ecology Certificate Program.
KECP is an international, online certificate program offered through
George Mason University. KECP is a cutting-edge integration
of diverse, complementary learnings from it's designers and faculty;
thought leaders and practitioners. This program is designed to
involve you in seeding a "knowledge ecology" within your own organization
as you learn. Integrating theory and practice real-time, KECP
blends the fields of Knowledge Management, Organizational Learning,
Leadership, and Innovation. This Program is the first of its kind.
Knowledge Ecology (KE) focuses on discovering better social and technical
conditions for knowledge creation, knowledge sharing and use. It operates
on the understanding that natural "learning organizations,"
like a forest or the human brain, are the best models we have for designing
systems that create, sustain, and foster organizational learning and
KE is as important in the wider society as it is in business and government
organizations. Its contribution starts with the emphasis on the fact
that issues cannot be resolved simply by calling in policy-makers or
experts. Systemic problems call for the input of a wide variety of people
with diverse views and expertise, working together. They call for the
active involvement of those people who are most closely connected to,
and have a stake in the issues; the people with experience and an ongoing
commitment and sense of responsibility to the matters at hand.
The focus of KE as a management discipline is the fact that when ideas
matter we require organizational cultures in which people are able to
share knowledge and are rewarded for doing so. It provides today's 'knowledge
organizations' (where ideas are both the capital of business and the
work that people do) with a new framework, principles and set of practices
to replace the ideas about management that came out of the factory system
of a century ago.
Visit the Knowledge
Ecology Certificate Program Website for details of content,
outcomes, dates, and costs, or contact Todd
Johnston with any questions.
In Progress: In conjunction with the Knowledge
Ecology Certificate Program, join Matt Taylor, Mark McMaster, Lisa Kimball,
other thought leaders and peers in an online
seminar and dialogue exploring the competencies of a "Knowledge
Ecologist". By the end of this seminar, we will design together a source
document on... "Who are knowledge ecologists and what roles do they
play in today's knowledge economy?"
2000 Events and Activities
On May 19 - 21, 2000, MG Taylor,
iterations, and the Palo Alto knOwhere
store took part in the Foresight Institutes Spring 2000 Senior
Associates Gathering: "Confronting Singularity." This
marked the second consecutive Spring Gathering that the family of MG
Taylor businesses has worked with the Foresight
Institute. The design of this year's event was "composed of
a variety of Patches, including DesignSession® events, Take-A-Panel®
exercises, Dialogs, Work Groups, and Idea Futures, to name a few. Each
of these Patches fed content into the Assembler Patch, which then synthesized
the information, channeling particularly useful and insightful information
back out into the Patches for further dialog, setting up a robust, emergent
process that leveraged the knowledge and creativity of several hundred
people to significantly advance the level of conversation in our society
on nanotechnology and related issues."
comments from the 2000 Senior Associates gathering, and learn more
on the conference subject
Taylor will be a featured company and presenter at the Linkage,
Inc. Practical Applications for Using Systems Thinking: Sustaining
Competitive Business Advantage conference
on April 6 in Cambridge, MA.
"The unique format of this program includes visionary
keynote speaker presentations and case-studies from experienced systems
thinking practioners, followed by two-hour, skill building sessions
where you will have the opportunity to practice the tools and techniques."
MG Taylor facilitators Patsy Kahoe and Lisa Piazza will be conducting
a two-hour session on Identifying and Overcoming Barriers to Innovation.
MG Taylor presented their first ever Group Genius Awards during the
recent 7 Domains Workshop at the Borgess Health Alliance Navigation
Center on March 23, 2000. Master of Ceremonies, Todd Johnston, presented
awards in the categories of Individual Knowledge Worker, Events and
KreWs, and Facilities. For more on the award and those who received
a "Groupie," visit the Group Genius
DTE Energy and the MidWest Society
for Organizational Learning Present
"Communities of Practice"
An MG Taylor Design Session Event
at the DTE Energy Learning Zone
June 16th, 2000
"Creativity represents a miraculous coming together
of the uninhibited energy of the child with its apparent opposite and
enemy, the sense of order imposed on . . . the disciplined adult intelligence."
- Norman Podhoretz 1968
On Friday, June 16, MG Taylor Corporation facilitated a one-day Design
Session event at the DTE Energy Learning Zone exploring "Communities
of Practice." This one-day event introduced the Mid-West Society of
Organizational Learning (SOL) community to an innovative, cutting-edge
learning facility at DTE Energy and to a time-comrpressed experience
of the MG Taylor® System and Method while exploring "communities"
and its deeper meaning to SOL.
What is the Learning Zone?
DTE Energy has recently created a new unique space called the Learning
Zone. An expression of the MG Taylor
Navigation Center System, the Learning Zone is an evolving
concept in a physical facility. Many programs and possibilities are
under the umbrella of the Learning Zone. One of its primary tools is
the leadership center concept. Enterprises build and use leadership
centers to transform the way they work to exceed the demands of our
high-speed information culture. They do this by integrating work process
design, innovative architecture, technical systems and information management-tools,
process and environment. It represent a systematic reinvention of the
way people think, decide, and work together to accomplish organizational
goals. They provide organizations with an enhanced capacity to anticipate,
plan, and act.
The Learning Zone was invented to address the specific technological,
social and economic conditions and opportunities facing organizations
now and in the future. In their broadest terms, these conditions are
characterized by a rapid and accelerating rate of change, and the inability
of most organizations to effectively respond to that rate of change
through traditional (typically incremental and linear) approaches.
We are pleased to announce that Fast Company has designated MG Taylor
as a "fast company" in recognition of its unique and powerful
contributions to the New Eonomy.
Click on the image to the left to learn more. . .
Articles & Press Releases
The April Knowledge Management Magazine includes
a feature, Collaborative Forcasting, based on "The
Evolution of Knowledge Management," a one-day Design Session co-sponsored
by MG Taylor and knOwhere, Inc.
The event took place at the Palo Alto knOwhere Store in January and
included over 30 "thought-leaders" from a range of industry
and academic sectors. Among the participants were Peter Schwartz, GBN
co-founder; Matt Taylor, MG Taylor co-founder; Tom Davenport, author;
Regis McKenna, author and management consultant; Nan Stone, former editor
Harvard Business Review; Stewart Brand, author, creator of the Whole
Earth Catalog andthe WELL; and John Kao, founder of the Idea Factory.
The event was co-designed and co-sponsored by Global
Business Network and Knowledge Management
Note: Knowledge Management Magazine has removed the April 99 issue
from their online archives. Copies are available in both knOwhere stores,
or you may request one by email.
knOwhere Store featured
in Palo Alto Weekly, July 28, 1999
"MONTESSORI FOR ADULTS"
Palo Alto's Knowhere Store teaches companies new ways to achieve goals
Text of article
ERNST & YOUNG LICENSES DESIGNSHOP® PROCESS
Strategic Alliance with MG Taylor Corporation Expands ASE Presence
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., December 16, 1998 - Ernst & Young LLP and MG
Taylor Corporation announced today an agreement under which Ernst &
Young extends its license of MG Taylor's DesignShop® process. Ernst
& Young and MG Taylor have had a more limited licensing arrangement
since October 1997. Under the new agreement, Ernst & Young receives
certain exclusive rights to use the DesignShop process through October
Full Text of Press Release
The week of June 21, the Navigation Center® of Borgess Health Alliance
(BHA) in Kalamazoo, MI hosted an MG Taylor Corporation Seven Domains
Workshop®. In addition to participation from many areas of BHA, Detroit
Edision Company (DTE) also participated with a team of fifteen. The
workshop marked the first multiple-day design event for the new Navigation
Center and was the first Seven Domains Workshop in over a year. Unlike
past Seven Domains, this workshop did not focus on one or several of
the domains, but rather on the
model as a whole system and it's use as a tool in support of the
work of Navigation Centers. Three themes interplayed and "nested"
within each other: personal creativity; the emergent paradigm and; the
Seven Domains. The whole of the event was themed as a "glass bead
Because this Seven Domains Workshop was exclusively for our Navigation
Center clients, the contents of the event website are not publically
accessable. If you are intersted in accessing the website, or contents
thereof, contact Todd Johnston.
On May 21 - 23, MG Taylor facilitated the Foresight
Institute's "Group Genius Weekend: Foresight for the
Next 30 Years," a PatchWorks event which took place at the Palo
Alto knOwhere Store. In attendance were nearly 200 of the most forward-looking
minds on the planet -- leaders and visionaries in emerging technologies,
freedom, and dynamic change. Over the course of the weekend, participants
systematically explored a broad range of ideas and issues accross many
vantage points. Space, healthcare, weaponry, machine intelligence, science
fiction, the environment, privacy and surveilance, encryption, biotech,
law, goverance, brain science were all topics discussed and interwoven
into a systematic exploration of how nanotech and related fields may
affect all of our lives over the next 30 years.
The event was MG Taylor's first official PatchWorks event and was well
received by participants. Foresight's Chris Peterson responded to
some questions put to her in a recent Foresight
Update. MG Taylor extends a big THANK YOU to all of the individual
volunteers (the entire KreW of 40+ knowledge workers were volunteers
from the MGT, knOwhere, and Foresight networks, many whom had never
participated in or seen an MG Taylor process), sponsor organizations
and businesses who helped make the event possible.
You can also check out pictures
of the geniuses at work.
For specific questions regarding this PatchWorks process, you may contact
MG Taylor Corp. For
questions regarding content and outcomes of the event, contact the Foresight
Gail Taylor, MG Taylor Corporation co-founder, was a
featured speaker at the Women's Foodservice Forum 10th Anniversary
and National Conference, "Open
Minds, Open Doors: Leadership in the New World,"
in Dallas in March. Over 1700 people attended (compared to 82 ten years
ago) to take part in the conference and hear from such noted speakers
as Maya Angelou, poet, writer, actress; Sally Helgesen, author of Everyday
Revolutionaries; working women and the transformation of everyday life;
and Doug Ivester, Chairman and CEO of The Coca Cola Company.
Gail made three presentations, all geared towards the Executive Track
of leadership, entitled Group Genius: Escaping to
a Higher Order.