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Harnessing the Power of Collaborative Design and Innovation: A Capacity Building Workshop for Strong Systems and Team Skills

Lisa Hoag - Design Venturers Western Mass

Friday, April 4, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

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Collaboration is the paradigm changing factor for innovative business today. Successful and effective collaboration and team innovation is a skill and an art that is essential in today's business climate.

Who is this workshop for? Anyone who wants to learn how to effectively work in teams and or collaborations in a value-creating, people-growing way, both for oneself and for the group. 

Come join us for a rare and wonderful opportunity: a half day workshop in collaborative design and team innovation with well-known systems thinker and corporate trainer, Joe Laur of Seed Systems.

Most of us who have been part of a group creation process know the amazing potential of working in teams. We have also experienced some of the challenges. In every collaboration one or two unexpected challenges arise around communication and how to bring it to a fruitful positive outcome. This is a workshop focused on teaching this important skill set.

Our Focus:
• Grow your capacity in systems thinking, collaborative communication, and team innovation.
• Learn to balance the cycle of individual learning (personal mastery) and team learning (cross pollination, cross communication).
• Learn to preserve, even enhance relationships in challenging conversations.
• Introduction to Design Thinking.

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About Joe Laur and Seed Systems:
Joe is a fantastic teacher with an impressive track record. Joe has 20 years of experience in building effective and dynamic teams in some of the world's most well known, and now well loved companies. This workshop will be a rare opportunity to experience Joe's unique and well-honed expertise. Joe has worked with some of my personal heros including Ray Anderson, late CEO of Interface (the largest carpet manufacturer in the world, who conceived the vision to transform Interface into a zero carbon footprint company by 2020 (See Ray's TED talk, "The business logic of sustainability":

Understanding "capacity building" in Joe's words:
"Tools are essential to accomplish our goals and all of our courses provide the learner with solid new tools. But too few engagements focus on the tool user - and what good is my screwdriver if I can’t turn my wrist? Learning tools and gaining the skills to use them effectively can be referred to as capacity building.

We provide courses in capacity building for innovation and systems thinking in the service of sustainable enterprise and creating a world that works for all of us. (See more at:

About Seed Systems:
Joe Laur and Sara Schley created Seed Systems ( an international consulting company in 1994. Seed Systems uses a systems-in-action approach while working with individuals, teams, organizations, and networks to transform organizations and create a sustainable world.
 Over nearly two decades, they have worked in business, non-profit, government and academic sectors; creating, designing, facilitating, teaching and coaching leadership programs and culture change initiatives all dedicated to creating a sustainable world. With Seed Systems as incubator for innovation, Sara and Joe were the co-creators of the SoL Sustainability Consortium in 1998, a network of companies and major corporations including Nike, Shell, Ford, WorldBank, Interface and many more, challenging each other to create best practices in the field.

Have questions about Harnessing the Power of Collaborative Design and Innovation: A Capacity Building Workshop for Strong Systems and Team Skills? Contact Lisa Hoag - Design Venturers Western Mass
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The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center
100 Bigelow Street
Holyoke, MA 01040

Friday, April 4, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

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Lisa Hoag - Design Venturers Western Mass

About DVWM: "Our purpose is to provide networking in the Pioneer Valley between all kinds of design entrepreneurs, including but not limited to architects, graphic designers, artists, photographers, and any other individuals with an interest in learning and sharing new ideas about the latest design trends, projects, collaborations, tools and methodologies in the world of design, and to provide opportunities for turning urban renewal challenges into design projects for collaborative teams of designers and community stakeholders."

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