Intervene

Disorganizing and reorganizing to get things done.

Intervene breaks up the patterns that build up over time, allowing our clients to approach challenges from a fresh perspective.

Systemic Design: Better design for the moments when people come together. We bring approaches and methodologies to advance shared objectives in complex environments with a sharp backbone of process planning (see Decolonizing Canadian Dance as a case study).

Systemic Consulting: Working closely with clients, we initiate the self-transforming and self-organizing capacities of organizations to respond to an evolving environment and renew in a proactive rather than reactive way (see Music in the Barns as a case study).

Systemic Development: Through workshops and leadership development programs, we build the capacity of individuals and teams to find their feet and start moving into complexity.  We help our participants operate in spaces where their knowledge is hard to apply and where the context is unknown or unknowable (see Toronto Arts Council Cultural Leaders Lab as a case study).

Hope Decoded was an imperfect collection of diverse thinkers engaging in an unclear, un-stage-managed process that sought to tackle hopelessness, but instead fostered new empathy for different perspectives. It might lead to new solutions for four battle-tested cause champions. It will almost certainly lead to asymmetrical collaborations that could eventually produce new ideas for far larger societal challenges. And it will most definitely allow dozens and dozens of people to think differently, to ask better questions — personally and professionally — when debating and tackling the issues of our time.
— Simon Jackson, Founder, Spirit Bear Youth Coalition

Our methods draw our clients’ attention to how they are making sense of themselves, their environments, and the processes by which value is created. We also demonstrate how existing habits lead to cycles of decisions and action that may not be in alignment with project or organizational goals. Until we develop continual awareness of the uncertainty of our environments and the many potential ways of responding to those environments, ongoing change remains difficult and costly.

The self-transforming and self-organizing capacities of your organization are already there. Where many organizations need help is viewing their situation from different perspectives -- not better ones -- but different views that illuminate different opportunities and thereby trigger different decision-making responses. Sometimes it only takes one conversation to uncover the perspectives necessary to take effective action.

Sample Clients