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What’s your Vision?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Roger James Niven Nov 3, 2017.

It’s a Small Business World: Understanding and Promoting Small Business Growth
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob MacKenzie Mar 30, 2016.

Working across boundaries

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Bob MacKenzie commented on David F McAra's page AMED 2020 - What do you see?
"Our thanks to Pete Burden for giving permission to include a copy of the following e-mail: ***** Bob I like what you have written. And I also like Tony Page's question: how can we recover our power of agency through reflection, action and…"
Jan 14
Tony Page commented on David F McAra's page AMED 2020 - What do you see?
"Thanks Bob and David for putting this together. With the Christmas break over and the new year starting up, I’ve just got round to reading it. You’ve described the AMED 2020 inquiry as a work in progress, and already the contributions…"
Jan 2
David F McAra left a comment for Brendan Smith
"Hi, Brendan.  From the land of boiling mud!  Welcome!  How did you find out about us?   David"
Nov 19, 2017
Roger James Niven replied to David F McAra's discussion What’s your Vision?
"Hi David, As you know I am deep into my eighteen month  'sabbatical' so apart from being rather out of touch I also feel a little like an outsider commenting upon another family. However, one or two thoughts came to me on reading your…"
Nov 3, 2017
Bob MacKenzie replied to David F McAra's discussion What’s your Vision?
"Hi, David Since we first posted this invitation, I've been wondering what issues might be central to my own possible response.  As I write, two interconnected strands seem to bubble up.  One is the importance of ensuring AMED's…"
Oct 28, 2017
David F McAra posted a discussion

What’s your Vision?

amed 2020Half a century ago, AMED (the Association for Management Education and Development) came into being in a very different world from today.  We have recently been inspired to reflect on our future by some positive feedback from members, and by Paul Gaugin’s 1897 triptych:Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?…See More
Sep 13, 2017
David F McAra updated their profile
Sep 12, 2017
David F McAra left a comment for David Shepherd
"Hello, David"
Sep 12, 2017
Bob MacKenzie commented on David F McAra's group Editorial Team: e-O&P Autumn 2015
"Looking good, David. Would there be space to put 'AMED 2020' as a header?"
Sep 1, 2017
Bob MacKenzie replied to David F McAra's discussion Resources for Open Source Thinking
"In the spirit of Open Source, here's a link to Robert Cserti's open source library of facilitation methods(SessionLab).  Robert would welcome your feedback."
Aug 16, 2017
Robert Cserti commented on David F McAra's page Member Sites
"SessionLab  - workshop/meeting agenda planner application and a free open source library of meeting facilitation and team building methods"
Aug 14, 2017
David F McAra replied to Bob MacKenzie's discussion Reciprocity in organisational life
"Thanks, Chris.  I enjoy a good story and appreciate your drawing my attention to the Claptrap video.   I couldn't agree more with your point about the importance of listening to understand other perspectives than our own.  But I…"
Jul 23, 2017
David F McAra replied to Bob MacKenzie's discussion Reciprocity in organisational life
"The post-publication review conference call with the editors inspired me to have another look at the articles and think more about the concept of reciprocity. I was intrigued by how I had seen it and thought, 'oh yeah, makes sense' but…"
Jul 19, 2017
Bob MacKenzie commented on David F McAra's group Editorial Team: e-O&P Summer 2017
"Thanks, Ned That was quick!  Enjoy your holiday.  Best wishes.  Bob"
Jul 11, 2017
Ned Seabrook commented on David F McAra's group Editorial Team: e-O&P Summer 2017
",,and some more 242P039%20OST%20Curating%20Team.pdf 242P051%20Davis.pdf 242P059%20Doonan.pdf 242P070%20Fairtlough%20K%20and%20A.pdf Regards, Ned"
Jul 11, 2017
Ned Seabrook commented on David F McAra's group Editorial Team: e-O&P Summer 2017
"Looks like another stunning edition....  Thanks for all your efforts. Here are the individual articles. 242P001%20Fairtlough%20Piasecka.pdf 242P011%20Cutler.pdf 242P018%20Page.pdf 242P028%20Mo.pdf"
Jul 11, 2017

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Would you be willing to offer a pro- bono session for other AMED members and networkers?
I'd be delighted.
Where do you live and work (City)?
Aberdeen, Scotland
What are your top professional skills?
Helping people to learn
What kinds of management education and development services are you involved in?
OD, Leadership and Team development, Safety management Training
What is your main interest in the AMED network?
Please share your favourite management development insight or quote.
Although the internal transformation of human beings is difficult, it is ultimately the only way.
What kind of person are you?
More about you (Short Bio or any other details you’d like people to know)
Recovering engineer, systems thinker,
What I’d like from the AMED network is…
Inspiration, courage and connections to new thinking about management and organisations.
What do you do for your own development?
Reading, workshops and looking for connections

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At 1:48 on August 16, 2016, Glen Williamson said…

Hello David, thank you. I look forward to working with AMED and reviewing the article.



At 13:41 on July 3, 2016, Ana-Paula Fonseca said…

Hi David

Thank you for the welcome and glad to be part on this!!! 

At 14:06 on February 9, 2015, Judeline Nicholas said…

Hi David

Thanks for the welcome and heads-up about my info page.  Still familiarising myself with the set....:-)

Looking forward to working with Tim's group dynamics workshops!


At 1:24 on August 7, 2013, Stuart Pritchard said…

Thanks for the welcome David, and you're right it's an amazing trasition from engineering, if not necessarily an easy one. I did manage to upload a profile photo, but only after uploading it to the wrong area of the site completely! (can't seem to delete it from there either). Also I've submitted a paper I've written on leadership as part of some work I've done at Roffey Park which might be of interest. Thanks again and I look forward to having a good look around the site.


At 6:08 on October 16, 2012, Alison Piasecka said…

Hi David

Thanks for the comment! Rejoining AMED after a 25 yr break...finding a few that I know!


At 2:35 on September 24, 2012, Ben Taylor said…

Thanks David, I've come across it a number of times - through the Deming Alliance, and was prompted to join because of Barry Oshry writing an article! 



(PS antlerboy is just an anagram... no secret meaning!)

At 4:33 on September 5, 2012, Laura Lee said…

Hi David,

Thank you for your message, it is an exciting time with lots of work to be done.

The charity has grown considerably over the last year with all of the extra work load this put on the HR team Ruth our Head of Organisational Development was appointed, she in turn brought me in along with an Organisational Development Project Coordinator.

Thanks, Laura

At 6:11 on February 10, 2012, Alison Fleet said…

Hi David

The site was recommended to me through Roffey Park (Just started their People & OD MSc programme) and I certainly hope BA are still employing OD consultants otherwise I'm in trouble!


At 6:49 on November 11, 2011, Janice Grant SHaw said…

Hi David,


Thanks for the 'welcome'. Looking forward to meeting you on the 21st November.



At 9:52 on August 23, 2011, Penny Walker said…

Hi David,


Well we got a full house, and used a venue which worked very well and had fabulous food.  We worked well as a team: one of the least stressful events I've organised.  There was a wide range of responses to the format and the conversations we ended up having. Some people really felt they had an exhilarating and different kind of day, others felt they were treading a circle they'd trod many times before and that the conversation was neither deep nor open.  Fascinating that the same objective experience is felt so differently by the people who are collectively making it.

I'd love to run something along these lines again, and understand more what enables the "deep open" connection to occur for some and what gets in the way for others.





At 7:04 on April 14, 2011, Irene MacWilliam said…

Hi David,

Thanks for getting in touch so quickly.  I've been an AMED member since the 1990s, so not a re-join.  Some confusion over my email address left me out of the loop but I'm back in it now!

Kind regards,


At 16:46 on April 5, 2011, David Jamieson said…

Hi David,

Thanks for your message and please accept my apologies for my apparent tardiness in replying-I lost your email, found it, tagged it but have only now gotten round to replying to you...

I was on holiday last year in Iceland, a beautiful country, so much to see but so little time-I will return some day...speaking of which I will return to AMED too, and visit the different forums as suggested separately


Thanks again, and best wishes,


David (the other...)


At 12:00 on February 16, 2011, Bruce Cornock Nixon said…
Would you like to add something in O&P about my new free PDF book - see http://www.brucenixon.com/betterworld.html ?

It's radical, revolutionary and gives a picture of the whole system change that is needed to address climate change, ecological destruction and make the world fairer and less violent. It describes what needs to be done and what all of us need to do to make a better world happen. We can’t depend on governments to do what's needed and we have to push them hard and demand that they do it.

So, I have tried to write a really accessible book, making it available as a free PDF, to help people inform themselves and be activists - It should be in print in a few months.

As Alice Walker says: “Activism is my rent for living on the planet”

Help create a Viral infection that will change our world for the better.
At 5:53 on February 10, 2011, Belina Raffy said…

Hi David - great add for SDN.  Can you create a tab for it in 'Resources'?



At 4:28 on February 3, 2011, Graeme Phillips said…
It is from Balmedie beach, taken on my iPhone4 using the hipstamatic application.  I thought it was quite interesting photo, the constant flow of the sea yet the log remains calm and still.
At 4:31 on January 21, 2011, Pernilla Forsberg Tiger said…

Hi David!

Thanks for your welcome. I found your network through a post on SOL-world in which I also am a member. I have added a picture in my profile as you suggested. I run my own business which offers services in organizational development and has increasingly discovered the benefits of a solution focus. Also It's more fun:)

At 15:49 on January 3, 2011, Anna Green said…

Hi David


Thanks for your welcome message and comments.  I wonder if you can help me: I've been trying to contact the office for over a month - by email, phone and letter - and have not had any response. I would appreciate it if someone would get back to me ASAP!


Happy New Year.

At 2:36 on December 4, 2010, Sara Winnington said…
Thanks David for your welcome. I heard about Amed via the sustainable development forum. But no I did not know about the meetings in Brighton - if you have any further information do let me know. Bit new to all this cheers Sara
At 0:07 on December 4, 2010, Manzoor Ahmad Awan said…
Thanks David for your warm welcome. The HRM and TQM are not isolated fields and I believe that the synthesis of TQM & HRM i.e. TQHRM (Total Quality Human Resource Management) improves quality at all levels.
At 9:54 on November 21, 2010, François Le Moullec said…
Thank you ( very lately because I didn't notice your message and sorry for that!) for your welcome.
I just had a new contact with AMED last week.

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