Communities for Alternative Food Ecosystems Initiative

The following details the progress we have made supporting Teresa Ruelas and the creation of CAFE, a new non-profit in the Philippines supporting organic farming and farmers markets. A Report to GLEN Members about the Cebu Farmers Market GLEN Collaboration By Rob Eskridge John Schinnerer and I met Teresa “Tressa” Ruelas at the first GLEN Gathering in San Francisco back in 2017.  She was an OD professional from the SF Bay Area who moved back to the island of Cebu to be with her family.  She had just started an organic farmers market in Cebu City, and it had growing pains, like any fledgling organization without many resources. The restaurants wanted organic produce, ex-pats wanted delivery, and Cebuanos were learning about organic produce…

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Holding Space for Emergence to Continue

Tom Everill and Gervase Busche’s Exchange on Holding Space for Emergence finished its third session but everyone had such a rich time we all decided to continue. This Exchange is for GLEN members and the new ones will be announced probably for the late summer or fall. Tom is former CEO of NW Industries, a company that practiced radical inclusion of disabled people and proved they could compete head-on with other companies. His extensive journals combined with Gervase’s research on leadership is the basis for a new book on Generative Leadership. Tom broke a lot of “rules” to achieve his success–like having meetings with no agendas (heresy!!). We’ll report more later. This exchange is focused on the question of how…

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Neuropsychology of Collaboration & Design Exchange Series

Mary Gelinas, David Sibbet, and Bill Bancroft launched their six part series on the Neuropsychology of Collaboration & Design on Tuesday, February 12. It will continue once a month. As part of this process, David is helping Mary visualize the concepts involved in wonderful design thinking sessions before the exchange.Here is an example from the initial Exchange. It illustrates Mary’s finding that current research indicates the brain works with inter connecting networks, and that the concepts of specific parts of the brain holding these functions is a bit outdated (i.e. seeing the amygdala as operating as a unit). it appears that the networks link different parts of the brain, and also influence each other, These, with links to the videos…

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GLEN Logo

Tiffany Forner, The Grove’s Art Director, led a team effort to come up with a new logo for The GLEN. She did a great job with about six different takes. We wanted something that reminded everyone of The Grove by look at feel, and a nod toward the “Sprout” which is The Grove’s logo icon. Though a picture of the Earth is a bit common, having one that shows all the continents, and a surrounding path of learning and exchange is not. This image works well small and bigger, and does capture our hope that The GLEN can support a world-wide community of action learners growing the field of collaborative practice.

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