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Bob MacKenzie commented on David F McAra's group e-O&P Summer 2020 - Editorial Group
"Looks great to me, David. I'm just wondering if Alison would agree to change the title from 'Extracts' to 'Fragments'? And we need to full reference for CW Metcalf at the end. Best wishes. Bob"
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e-O&P Summer 2020 - Editorial Group

This is the Editorial group page for work in progress. Authors: please review the latest pdf version of your article.  If you want to change anything, download the Word version, switch on 'Track Changes', make your changes then email it back to David @ david@gmail.com. NB: This page is public.  Anyone may read.  Members – who already have a registered profile on this site - may comment.  Please feel free to register your…See More
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AMED 2020 and beyond, Part 1: stop, start, continue? at ZOOM

June 13, 2020 from 10:30am to 2:15pm
AMED 2020 and beyond: transitioning through a turbulent worldPlease join us on Zoom for a free co-inquiry in two parts,Part 1: Divergence: Saturday 13 JunePart 2: Convergence: Friday 3 July10:30 am – 2:30 pm (45 mins for Lunch) on both days Your InvitationAMED, for over twenty-five years, we’ve been exploring the challenges of globalisation, sustainability, ethical working, and personal and organisational development and change. (See also Otto Scharmer’s ‘…See More
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The business of writing: how and when does it start for us?, with Nick Yapp (via Zoom) at ZOOM

June 19, 2020 from 1:15pm to 4:30pm
Your business of writing:  In ‘Why I Write’ (1946), George Orwell proposed that there are four motivators for writing:  sheer egoism, aesthetic enthusiasm, historical impulse, and political purpose.  How far does this resonate with you?In this free Zoom-mediated session, we’ll look at the business of writing from several different angles.  These are likely to include: motivation,…See More
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The business of writing: how and when does it start for us?, with Nick Yapp at ZOOM

June 19, 2020 from 1:15pm to 4:30pm
Your business of writing:  In ‘Why I Write’ (1946), George Orwell proposed that there are four motivators for writing:  sheer egoism, aesthetic enthusiasm, historical impulse, and political purpose.  How far does this resonate with you?In this free Zoom-mediated session, we’ll look at the business of writing from several different angles.  These are likely to include: motivation,…See More
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The business of writing: how and when does it start for us?, with Nick Yapp at ZOOM

June 19, 2020 from 1:15pm to 4:30pm
Your business of writing:  In ‘Why I Write’ (1946), George Orwell proposed that there are four motivators for writing:  sheer egoism, aesthetic enthusiasm, historical impulse, and political purpose.  How far does this resonate with you?In this free Zoom-mediated session, we’ll look at the business of writing from several different angles.  These are likely to include: motivation,…See More
May 21
Bob MacKenzie left a comment for Claire Alison Pearce
"Dear Alison Welcome to the AMED Network.  How about posting an image of yourself, so that you and your new-found Friends can communicate more readily over time/space?  Please watch this space for more opportunities to explore the interests…"
May 7
Claire Alison Pearce commented on Bob MacKenzie's group Your invitation to the 2020 AMED Writers' Group (AWG)
"Hi everyone, I'm new to AMED. I was recommended to this network as I am passionate about writing which I use in my coaching and workshops. Would love any hints on how to best use group, how I will receive notifications of events etc. Thanks so…"
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Julie Allan replied to Bob MacKenzie's discussion Our 200-year present
"REally enjoyed the expanded take on life and found out all sorts of things I didn't know had happened 100 years before my year of birth!  You could see the echoes now from them, and it's interesting to notice what seemed high in…"
Apr 29
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Our 200-year present

We have set up this Discussion forum, linked to the 17 April 2020 AMED Writers' Group session, to enable anyone who wishes to post their thoughts before and after our ZOOM session.  Please feel free to occupy this space.See More
Apr 24
Melanie Greene replied to Bob MacKenzie's discussion Our 200-year present
"Thank you to Bob & Shelagh for organising and running this session.  It was a fascinating subject and something I will continue to ponder. As ever with AMED Writing meetings, always worthwhile attending them."
Apr 24
Bob MacKenzie replied to Bob MacKenzie's discussion Our 200-year present
"Here are five images that Shelagh prepared for our ZOOM workshop - Blue Peter style - to stimulate our conversation.."
Apr 22
David F McAra replied to Bob MacKenzie's discussion Our 200-year present
"Goodness, Siobhan.  Yes!  So difficult to let go of feeling right!  (Also a fan of Edgar Schein and William Isaacs on dialogue although I don't know the book)>"
Apr 17
Siobhan Soraghan replied to Bob MacKenzie's discussion Our 200-year present
"Hi David Great question re the Mirror, Sun, etc. readers.  I am asking myself a similar question as I have found myself dismayed and even angry at the kinds of things people I know (on FB and like you, some old friends) think and say.  I…"
Apr 17
Siobhan Soraghan replied to Bob MacKenzie's discussion Our 200-year present
"A warm-hearted thank you to Bob and Shelagh - and everyone else. I found the session powerful and just wanted to say that I am very grateful for the experience of spending time alongside you all hearing your takes on the 200yr present. I’m…"
Apr 17

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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?
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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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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 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.

At 8:49 on August 7, 2017, Eva Francis said…

Hello Bob, I think I have just added my photo. What is my membership number? So I can log in? Also, is there a chance I could share within the network information about a non-commercial event we are organising in Washington DC - Peer Coaching Summit. If yes, how do I go about sharing within the network? Kindest regards Ewa

At 8:22 on June 26, 2017, Alan Wingrove said…

Hi Bob, thank you for the welcome and noticing so quickly. On the initial sign up, under 'add a photo' there's simply a text box, which doesn't let you. 

I was hoping that, when accepted, I could add one, which I've found to be the case.

I look forward to reading some of your articles - starting with slower writing and reading for an age of distraction - a particular interest of mine.

Best wishes, Alan.

 
 
 

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