Catalyzing Change- Engaging Emergence: Peggy Holman

Catalyzing Change- Engaging Emergence: Peggy Holman

Posted On: January 15, 2015
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Peggy Holman is a leading global expert in social technologies that engage “whole systems” of people from organizations and companies to communities in creating their own future. Her book The Change Handbook is a definitive how-to manual of 61 such engagement processes. Peggy is co-founder of Journalism that Matters. Most recently, her book Engaging Emergence: Turning Upheaval into Opportunity is “A roadmap for tackling complex challenges, Engaging Emergence provides stories, principles, and practices for inviting people to come together and turn disruptions into possibilities.”

In this interview with Dr Nicholas Beecroft, Peggy gives her optimistic account of the emergence of a new civilisation by a broad base of people experimenting with new ways of being and doing. She describes how she thinks we can boost our cultural direction and self-confidence and sets out her highest vision for Western Civilisation. She says what’s great about America and the West right now- what we should preserve and build upon. She discusses the use of group processes to catalyse the evolution of our culture. Peggy believes that democracy is continuing to evolve for the better through increasing self-authorship. She describes Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space Technology and World Cafe. Peggy gives her view on how we can integrate the dark, shadow side of our history so as to unlock our power and potential.