Strategic thinking

Change projects help us look at the world differently and think differently. This calls us to improve our ability to think, individually and collectively.

Why you think you’re right — even if you’re wrong | Julia Galef

Perspective is everything, especially when it comes to examining your beliefs. Are you a soldier, prone to defending your viewpoint at all costs — or a scout, spurred by curiosity? Julia Galef examines the motivations behind these two mindsets and how they shape the way we interpret information, interweaved with a compelling history lesson from 19th-century France.

TED

Livewired: The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain

A revelatory portrait of the human brain based on the most recent scientific discoveries about how it unceasingly adapts, re-creates, and formulates new ways of understanding the world we live in.

David Eagleman

Grasp: The Science Transforming How We Learn

This is an essential resource for teachers, anyone interested in cutting-edge research into learning, and parents considering the educational alternatives available to their children.

Sanjay Sarma, Luke Yoquinto

The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don’t

A must read to see more clearly, make better judgments, enjoy the freedom and thrill of discovery.

Julia Galef

Midwest Academic Strategy Chart

This guide may help you develop strategies to address virtually any organizational issue.

Midwest Academy

Encouraging Strategic Thinking Worksheet

A guide for prompting strategic thinking for organizations.

Jude Kay

Ways of Knowing (Theory of Knowledge)

Here’s an academic crash course into some simple concepts that can help us think more strategically.

TOK Resource

Visioning Toolkit

A helpful toolkit for leaders and consultants with a valuable series of articles and best practices for facilitating visioning with teams and organizations.

Social Transformation Project

Ladder of Inference: How to Avoid Jumping to Conclusions

This structure may help turn everyday inquiries into decision and actions.

Mindtools

The Effort Effect

Explore your outlook on “ability.” Can it be developed?

Stanford Magazine

Growth mindset infographic

Explore how our mindsets lead us to certain responses and results.

Stanford Magazine

Strategic planning

When starting a project with a new team, the first item we always ask for is their strategic plan. The stronger the base of a strategic plan, the stronger a foundation for learning.

Strategic planning

This framework may help optimize your strategic planning process.

Just Works Consulting

Emergent strategies

We are grateful for adrienne maree brown’s work on emergent strategy, and have found it a useful starting point for many projects.

Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds

Inspired by Octavia Butler’s explorations of our human relationship to change, Emergent Strategy is radical self-help, society-help, and planet-help designed to shape the futures we want to live.

adrienne maree brown

Creating Breakout Innovation

Understand why and how to move toward open, crowdsourced, user-driven strategies, also known as co-creation.

Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR)

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