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July 14, 2020 from 10am to 4pm
Watch the live stream here: https://www.digitalbigbang.co.uk/Online event for young people (11+, with no age limit!) taking and inspirational, uplifting look at the essential role of science and engineering in a pandemicBig Bang Digital 2020 – science, engineering & Covid-19 is a celebration of the work of scientists and…See More
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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 – 12:30 pm (2 hour session on 3rd July)Your InvitationAt AMED, for over twenty-five years, we’ve been exploring the challenges of globalisation, sustainability, ethical working, and personal and organisational development and change. (See Otto Scharmer’s ‘…See More
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Humanism, participation and co-operative governance, a free Virtual Lecture with Sonja Novkovic at Everywhere

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This free lecture promotes a discussion about governance in co-operatives from a humanistic economics perspective.How is human dignity, democratic decision-making, and engagement of members and stakeholders safeguarded in co-operatives as people-centred organisations? What structures are deployed to ensure such engagement? What are the processes co-operatives use to avoid the pitfalls attributed to them in the corporate governance literature (property rights problems; slow decision-making…See More
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Humanism, participation and co-operative governance, a free Virtual Lecture with Sonja Novkovic at Everywhere

June 29, 2020 from 6:30pm to 8pm
This free lecture promotes a discussion about governance in co-operatives from a humanistic economics perspective.How is human dignity, democratic decision-making, and engagement of members and stakeholders safeguarded in co-operatives as people-centred organisations? What structures are deployed to ensure such engagement? What are the processes co-operatives use to avoid the pitfalls attributed to them in the corporate governance literature (property rights problems; slow decision-making…See More
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Bob MacKenzie replied to Bob MacKenzie's discussion The Business of writing, with Nick Yapp (AMED Writers' Group, 19 June 2020)
"T%hank you, Ruth Great suggestions.  I too, had a whale of a time, and appreciated greatly everybody's contributions. I wonder if your 'buddy system' is in some way akin to our practice of 'critical friendship'? …"
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Ruth Elizabeth Slater replied to Bob MacKenzie's discussion The Business of writing, with Nick Yapp (AMED Writers' Group, 19 June 2020)
"Hello everyone.  I thoroughly enjoyed the event this afternoon and I hope my "chat" thanks and farewell reached you all.  It was a wonderful opportunity to spend time with others who enjoy crafting the written word and to reflect…"
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Bob MacKenzie commented on Bob MacKenzie's event 'The business of writing: how and when does it start for us?, with Nick Yapp (via Zoom)'
"Will do, Ruth Best wishes.  Bob"
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Ruth Elizabeth Slater commented on Bob MacKenzie's event 'The business of writing: how and when does it start for us?, with Nick Yapp (via Zoom)'
"Hello, Bob, I think you said I would be able to join this event.  May I have the Zoom link.  Forgive me if you have already sent it.  Best R"
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Humanistic Management SIG

This is a Special Interest Group (SIG) where members of AMED and friends can contribute to continuing discussions about better management, leadership and organisation through the lens of Humanistic Management.Humanistic Management remains focused on the valuing of the human for their own sake.  It has a strong focus on human dignity, the essential value of the person and an ethic of care - human well-being is a goal and not a mechanism for performance.  The education and development of…See More
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Bob MacKenzie replied to Bob MacKenzie's discussion The Business of writing, with Nick Yapp (AMED Writers' Group, 19 June 2020)
"Thank you, Louise, for this very generous offering.  More soon.  Kind regards.  Bob"
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Louise Redmond replied to Bob MacKenzie's discussion The Business of writing, with Nick Yapp (AMED Writers' Group, 19 June 2020)
"Hello, thanks to Nick and Bob for organising this session on the 19th.  Just want to say that I am doing an on-line course on Rhetoric at the moment.  It is based on material from a Harvard professor and actually originally was about civil…"
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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, with Nick Yapp (AMED Writers' Group, 19 June 2020)

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 began to explore the business of writing from several different angles.  These included: motivation, points of…See More
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"Dear Paul Welcome to the AMED Network. How about posting an image of yourself, so that your new-found friends can connect with you more readily over time/space? Best wishes. Bob"
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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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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 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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