Resources for system and participation design.

This page can house links to relevant and important resources relating to system design, citizen governance, and personal skills development.

Going to scale refers to a process to extend community level change through:

  • increase in the number of participating communities; and
  • increase in the quality of life within each of those communities.


There are several approaches to going to scale. In fact, “scaling up” has become a buzz word within the field of international community development. These approaches differ from SEED-SCALE in the degree to which they give communities ownership of the change process and allow for rapid expansion with adaption at the the local level.



is a real-world-tested social technology for purposeful organization. It radically changes how an organization is structured, how decisions are made, and how power is distributed.
Holacracy is a distributed authority system – a set of “rules of the game” that bake empowerment into the core of the organization. Unlike conventional top-down or progressive bottom-up approaches, it integrates the benefits of both without relying on parental heroic leaders. Everyone becomes a leader of their roles and a follower of others’, processing tensions with real authority and real responsibility, through dynamicgovernance and transparent operations.


Sustainable World Project


Deep Listening

Deep Listening is a way of hearing in which we are fully present with what is happening in the moment without trying to control it or judge it. We let go of our inner clamoring and our usual assumptions and listen with respect for precisely what is being said.


Aboriginal people practice deep listening, an almost spiritual skill, based on respect.

Sometimes called ‘dadirri’, deep listening is inner, quiet, still awareness, and waiting.


Decision Making Skills

Decision making is an essential leadership skill. If you can learn how to make timely, well-considered decisions, then you can lead your team to well-deserved success. If, however, you make poor decisions, your time as a leader will be brutally short.



From the Quaker tradition, Claremont Dialog refers to a format in which the opportunity to speak passes systematically around the circle, in a similar manner to council circle.


Learning Journeys

You know that you have something meaningful to contribute to the world and you’re ready to take your own knowledge and experience to the next level. You’re tired of business-as-usual. You see clear pathways for a future that will make the world a more just and habitable place for all. You’re ready to join a learning community of other purpose-driven people creating our future.


PDF resources:


Collaborating across cultures – Cultural metacognition and affect-based trust in creative collaboration

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