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SoL Community Café with Peter Senge (half-day)
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This will be SoL's first Community Café with Peter Senge for SoL consultant, research, and connections members as well as organizational practitioners on Friday, July 6th (1:30 - 5:30pm, Doubletree Hotel Bedford, Bedford, MA.) Save the date! The session is free of charge and is designed as a half-day world café facilitated by Peter Senge and a few story tellers to surface, share, and further explore together some of the leading edge work that has been going on in the SoL Community.

When: 07/06/2012
01:30:00 PM
Where: Doubletree Hotel Bedford Glen
44 Middlesex Turnpike
Bedford, Massachusetts  01730
United States
Contact: Lisa Kim

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Please join us for the first ever

SoL Community Café and Networking Reception
for SoL Members

Friday, July 6th
Café 1:30-5:30 pm
Reception: 5:30-7:30 pm

Doubletree Hotel Bedford
44 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford, MA, USA.

At this free interactive session, Peter Senge, founding chair of SoL and senior lecturer at MIT, Don Seville, co-director of the Sustainable Foodlab, Charlie Kiefer, president of Innovation Associates and Joe McCarron, partner at Reos Partners, will share some of their latest work and facilitate group conversations with the participants using the world café process. Our goal is to surface, share and further together some of the leading edge work that's been going on in the SoL community.

  • Peter will describe his latest work on implementing Systems Thinking and Systems Dynamics into schools and on preserving Marine Ecosystems through multi-stakeholder engagements (as part of the Academy for Systemic Change.)
  • Don will discuss his experiences in bringing together companies, NGOs and farmer groups to create a more sustainable and equitable food system in Africa. He will trace the Food Lab’s evolving theory of change from an initial "U” process to its current approach, which involves community-wide sensing and relationship building as well as the design and implementation of innovations in practical partnerships within supply chains.
  • Charlie will share a simple, smart, yet reliable method used by successful serial entrepreneurs to move forward when faced with unpredictable futures. This method, applicable to professional or personal life, allows individuals to sustain self-confidence and natural commitment, inspire others, take intelligent action and transcend and manage risk in the absence of extensive data or detailed plans.

  • Joe will share his experience in designing, launching and facilitating two change lab projects on innovation in complex social systems. The change labs are with the Rocky Mountains Institute on electricity and with the World Bank on open contracting.
  • The world café processis an effective and flexible format for hosting group conversations and engaging in deep, reflective dialogue with each other (

A networking reception will follow from 5:30 - 7:30pm. (Cash bar)

We've already received many RSVPs and hope to see you at what promises to be a powerful shared learning experience. RSVP to Lisa Kim (; phone: +1-617-300-9560.) as soon as possible.

We are sorry that we were not able to secure technology for virtual participation but are planning to do so for future events; we’d much like to encourage global participation.

Please feel free to contact me directly if you have questions or need further information.

Best regards,


Frank Schneider
Managing Director

About the Storytellers

Peter Senge, Founding Chair SoL, Senior Lecturer MIT

Peter M. Senge s a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and the founding chair of SoL, the Society for Organizational Learning, a global network of learning communities addressing profound institutional change. A renowned pioneer in and writer about management innovation, Peter is the author of the widely acclaimedThe Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization, and most recentlyThe Necessary Revolution: How Individuals & Organizations are Working Together to Create a Sustainable World.

Charlie Kiefer, President Innovation Associates, Inc.

Charles Kiefer is president of Innovation Associates, Inc. He founded the firm in 1976, and along with Peter Senge, author ofThe Fifth Discipline, helped pioneer the body of concepts and methods now called organizational learning. Today, he helps global companies leverage the human side of their enterprise primarily by working with executives and their teams to improve the quality of their thought. Charlie is the author, together with Babson College president Leonard Schlesinger and veteran journalist and author Paul B. Brown, ofJust Start: Take Action, Embrace Uncertainty, Create the Future(Harvard Business Press Books, forthcoming).

Don Seville, Co-director Sustainable Foodlab

Don is the co-director of the Sustainable Food Laboratory, a multi-stakeholder project with the mission of innovating ways to increase the sustainability of the mainstream food system. He is leading the Sustainable Livelihoods Initiative, which is developing partnerships between companies and NGOs to pilot innovations that improve the competitiveness and sustainability of small-scale farming systems. Within the Food Lab Don is also managing the "New Business Models for Sustainable Trading Relationships” project, a 4 year project with NGO and corporate partners to improve market access and livelihoods of small scale producers in Africa in crops including cocoa, dried beans, bananas, and fresh vegetables.

Joe McCarron, Partner at Reos Partners, specialized in earth sciences, business, arts and leadership

Joe's professional practice is focused on designing and creating actionable strategies that enable people develop a deeper understanding and commitment to change. This approach provides an integrated and systemic perspective on the complex issues that confront today's leaders and organizations. Joe's recent engagements included a Fortune 100 energy company dealing with social and environmental sustainability, the World Bank focused on innovation and collaboration in Africa and a multi-sectoral alliance committed to the re-invention of the food and agriculture system of Detroit.


Frank Schneider
Managing Director
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Cambridge, MA 02142 USA

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