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Private Passions of the 18 December 2020 AMED Writers' Group
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Ruth Elizabeth Slater Dec 21, 2020.

The Business of writing, with Nick Yapp and Bob MacKenzie (AMED Writers' Group, 19 June 2020)
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob MacKenzie Jun 19, 2020.

Our 200-year present
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Julie Allan Apr 29, 2020.

 

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9th Annual International Humanistic Management Conference 2021: 'Solutions' at Zoom

November 24, 2021 to November 26, 2021
You are welcome to join us, free and online - at: 'Solutions' - The 2021 Ninth Annual Humanistic Management Conference, brought to you by our Chapters from around the world.We all use the word 'solution' numerous times on any single day and yet we may not always have a clear view as to what actually is a solution. We want to hire solution-oriented people to join our…See More
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9th Annual International Humanistic Management Conference 2021: 'Solutions' at Zoom

November 24, 2021 to November 26, 2021
You are welcome to join us, free and online - at: 'Solutions' - The 2021 Ninth Annual Humanistic Management Conference, brought to you by our Chapters from around the world.We all use the word 'solution' numerous times on any single day and yet we may not always have a clear view as to what actually is a solution. We want to hire solution-oriented people to join our…See More
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Writing about engaging with Elites, with Douglas Board at Roots and Shoots

October 15, 2021 from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Your invitation:  Join us in a lively exploration through conversation and writing of Douglas’s intriguing approach to both the subject matter and writing of his latest book, ‘Elites’. We’ll send you a short extract as a trigger to help you to experiment during our session with writing…See More
Sep 10
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Writing about engaging with Elites, with Douglas Board at Roots and Shoots

October 15, 2021 from 1pm to 4:30pm
Your invitation:  Join us in a lively exploration through conversation and writing of Douglas’s intriguing approach to both the subject matter and writing of his latest book, ‘Elites’. We’ll send you a short extract as a trigger to help you to experiment during our session with writing…See More
Sep 8
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Writing about engaging with Elites, with Douglas Board at Roots and Shoots (preferably)

October 15, 2021 from 1pm to 4:30pm
Your invitation:  Join us in a lively exploration through conversation and writing of Douglas’s intriguing approach to both the subject matter and writing of his latest book, ‘Elites’. We’ll send you a short extract as a trigger to help you to experiment during our session with writing…See More
Sep 8
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"Humanity's Conundrum" book launch, with Dr David Zigmond via Zoom at Zoom

September 28, 2021 from 7pm to 9pm
Humanity’s Conundrum. Why do we suffer? And how do we heal?                      Your invitation, open and free to all:  Is evolution progress? Why is Homo Sapiens both gifted with such reason, yet cursed with such turbulent restlessness? How may we calm our anomalous nature? AMED Writers’ Group Member David Zigmond offers an alternative psychology, and another way of…See More
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"Humanity's Conundrum" book launch, with Dr David Zigmond via Zoom at Zoom

September 28, 2021 from 7pm to 9pm
Humanity’s Conundrum. Why do we suffer? And how do we heal?                      Your invitation, open and free to all:  Is evolution progress? Why is Homo Sapiens both gifted with such reason, yet cursed with such turbulent restlessness? How may we calm our anomalous nature? AMED Writers’ Group Member David Zigmond offers an alternative psychology, and another way of…See More
Sep 4
Bob MacKenzie replied to Julie Allan's discussion Imagining A Day in 2030 via Rob Hopkins in the group Sustainable Development Network
"Lovely aspirations :)."
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POSTPONED from 13 August: Mastery, Mystery and Muddling Through: exploring the wiggly reality of organization – and writing!, with Chris Rodgers at Roots and Shoots

August 20, 2021 from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
POSTPONED FROM 20 AUGUST Your invitation to our first in-person AMED Writers’ Group since February 2020!Chris writes: ‘The poet, John Keats, once suggested that what he called a “Man of Achievement” (especially in Literature) possessed a quality that he referred to as “Negative Capability”. He said that this exists, “… when a man [sic] is capable of being in…See More
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A short term pro bono facilitation opportunity, Cheltenham area at Hesters Way Neighbourhood Project. Local Community Group

September 5, 2021 at 6pm to September 30, 2021 at 7pm
An Invitation from our colleagues in The Association of FacilitatorsCommencing Sept/Oct 2021, for eight weeks. A weekly, 2 hour, evening session, in Cheltenham. This will be a face to face group.Context: This local community group is providing an 8 week friendship group for the bereaved. A facilitator is required to provide a safe place for support, and to offer relevant ways of understanding the experience of loss.Brian writes: ‘I had the initial conversation with the community centre and it…See More
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A short term pro bono facilitation opportunity, Cheltenham area at Hesters Way Neighbourhood Project. Local Community Group

September 5, 2021 at 6pm to September 30, 2021 at 7pm
An Invitation from our colleagues in The Association of FacilitatorsCommencing Sept/Oct 2021, for eight weeks. A weekly, 2 hour, evening session, in Cheltenham. This will be a face to face group.Context: This local community group is providing an 8 week friendship group for the bereaved. A facilitator is required to provide a safe place for support, and to offer relevant ways of understanding the experience of loss.Brian writes: ‘I had the initial conversation with the community centre and it…See More
Aug 7
Bob MacKenzie commented on Bob MacKenzie's event 'Mastery, Mystery and Muddling Through: exploring the wiggly reality of organization – and writing!, with Chris Rodgers'
"Thank you, Ruth.  Undcerstood!  I'll put you on the Zoom back-up list.  It would be good to chat soon, about JAM, HM etc.  meantime, I hope all's well with you.  Kind regards.  Bob"
Aug 5
Ruth Elizabeth Slater commented on Bob MacKenzie's event 'Mastery, Mystery and Muddling Through: exploring the wiggly reality of organization – and writing!, with Chris Rodgers'
"Dear Bob, I would love to attend but can't travel to London - if you select Zoom or a hybrid event, then count me in!  I understand, however, if you do not do that.  Things have to get back to normal, but for us, not just yet! …"
Aug 5
Bob MacKenzie commented on Bob MacKenzie's event 'Mastery, Mystery and Muddling Through: exploring the wiggly reality of organization – and writing!, with Chris Rodgers'
"Thank you, Melanie.  Very best wishes for the outcome of your procedure.  Speak soon.  Bob"
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OST2022: Re-energising through intergenerational engagement to address the climate emergency (Re-scheduled from 2021 to 18-20 March 2022 because of COVID-19) at The Old Stable, Bore Place

March 18, 2022 at 4pm to March 20, 2022 at 1pm
Please note that, given the Covid-enforced postponement, we'll arrange some kind of get-together - whether virtual or in person - before our Bore Place gathering. So watch this space!Your invitation:  Over our residential weekend Open Source Thinking (OST) 2021 (now 2022) Gathering, we can challenge and support each other creatively to return, refreshed, as recharged advocates and resources for effective action…See More
Aug 2
Melanie Greene commented on Bob MacKenzie's event 'Mastery, Mystery and Muddling Through: exploring the wiggly reality of organization – and writing!, with Chris Rodgers'
"Hi Bob Sadly I wont be attending any in-person meetings like this for a while yet. I am also having a minor op that week and wouldn't be up to travelling to London.  If you revert to online then I will join you. Would love to return to…"
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Where do you live and work (City)?
I live in Southampton and work almost anywhere
What are your top professional skills?
fresh thinking, writing, coaching, mentoring, critical friendship, facilitating, action learning
What kinds of management education and development services are you involved in?
Promoting purposeful and effective learning and development in organizations, especially through the strategic uses of writing and conversations.
What is your main interest in the AMED network?
education, networking, inspiration, collegiate discussion/debate, collaboration
Please share your favourite management development insight or quote.
I'm currently intrigued - and exercised - by W Ross Ashby's (1956) Law of Requisite Variety. This states that:

'The larger the variety of actions available to a control system, the larger the variety of perturbations it is able to compensate'.

What, if anything, does this mean for our work in developing people, developing organisations, especially in the light of current thinking about chaos and complexity?
What kind of person are you?
Morning
More about you (Short Bio or any other details you’d like people to know)
I am an independent organizational thinker, consultant, coach, mentor, facilitator and writer. My strategic uses of writing, and the conversations I facilitate, promote the interaction of rigorous thinking and practical application. In this way, I aim to inform, refresh, energise, inspire and encourage others to go on and do something new and satisfying.

Previously, I gained wide ranging professional and managerial experience in the public, private, not-for-profit and higher education sectors. I am a Director and Council Member of AMED, and Principal Consultant with Bob MacKenzie Associates. I am also Professor of Management Learning with the International Management Centres’ Business School, and Set Adviser on their Senior Executive Action Learning (SEAL) doctoral programme.

My work and travels have taken me to Africa, India, Europe and the USA, as well as throughout the UK. I am currently working on a book called ‘Writing as Strategy.’
What I’d like from the AMED network is…
I'd like AMED to continue to grow, flourish, adapt and contribute in what I see as its 3rd Renaissance period.
What do you do for your own development?
I write, read, talk, walk the dog, interact with keen minds and seek out convivial company. Another favourite quote - variously attributed - is "Sometimes I just sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits".
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http://www.mackenzie.explication.org.uk/

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Slower writing and reading for an age of distraction?

Slower writing and reading for an age of distraction.pdf

Here are some of my emerging ideas about the potential for slower writing and reading in an age of distraction.  I'd love to hear what you think of them.  Best wishes.  Bob

Posted on June 18, 2015 at 11:43 — 4 Comments

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At 11:23 on October 15, 2020, Fizza Hasan said…

Thank you, Bob. That's a great idea. 

At 11:30 on August 13, 2020, Heather Day said…

Thank you Bob.

I was a member of AMED previously and I am glad to be back here now.

Looking forward to the session next Friday

Best wishes

Heather 

At 8:57 on February 19, 2020, Dr Tony McNulty said…

Thanks Bob - actually I have never left AMED and have indeed been a member since the 1980s when Marguerite Greatorex?? used to run meetings at the Polytechnic of Central London.  What I have never done before is signed onto the AMED website.  This post certainly ages me.  And latterly I find myself increasingly citing Mark Twain: "I have nothing against retirement, so long as it does not interfere with my work."     

At 5:49 on May 25, 2019, Brian Watts said…

Hi Bob, what a delightful day yesterday.  I really enjoyed the amount of laughter that we shared,that was really good for my soul!  Thank-you.  Photo done!

At 3:55 on March 14, 2019, Bill Critchley said…

Buy the way I didn't write this at 3.54 but at 9.55 - it can't even get the time right!

At 3:54 on March 14, 2019, Bill Critchley said…

Yes I do find it hard to navigate.  Apparently my article is on it somewhere but I can't see how to find it, although David McAra is attempting to help me.  When does the full virtual publication come out?

At 12:15 on November 4, 2018, Ilaria Boncori said…

Dear Bob (and colleagues),

Many thanks for having me, I hope my little article is of interest and I look forward to being part of this community.

Best,

Ilaria

At 2:37 on November 21, 2017, Ben Gibbs said…

Hi Bob ... thanks for your welcome last month. 

One month in though, and I'm confused about how to ensure I see what's going on. I've yet to receive any form of notification or email from the network, although I guess there has been stuff happening. 

My issue is that I don't have the time to remember to login or search, but rather need to set up notifications for the areas that interest me. How do I do that?

Yours

Ben

At 2:17 on September 6, 2017, Johnnie Moore said…

Will do!

At 15:10 on August 14, 2017, Robert Cserti said…

Thank you for the warm welcome, Bob!

Profile Image posted, and soon I will add more update. I'm also looking forward to explore what is the general impression about SessionLab and its open source facilitation library.

 
 
 

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