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PatternDynamics™ One Day Workshop

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PatternDynamics™ One Day Workshop

Time: January 26, 2014 from 8:30am to 5pm
Location: RE Sources Sustainable Living Center
Street: 2309 Meridian
City/Town: Bellingham
Website or Map:…
Phone: 360-733-3541
Event Type: workshop
Organized By: David MacLeod
Latest Activity: Jan 16, 2014

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Event Description

Tim Winton returns to Bellingham!

Collaborative Systems Thinking for personal, organizational, and planetary thriving in a complex world.

Learn Systems Thinking: PatternDynamics helps you simplify complex situations. Bring complexity capability to your organization, making it more sustainable, effective, and profitable so it may more effectively play its role in the transition to a thriving planetary civilization.


At the workshop you will gain essential 21st Century skills:

  • Learn to see the Patterns that help you thrive through simplifying a complex world.
  • See wholistic solutions to personal, organisational, and social challenges.
  • Become one of those people who can ‘connect the dots’ and explain why systems thinking is important. 
  • Build a new set of communications skills based on 'collaborative systems thinking'.
  • Learn a tool for creating 'mass collaboration' to harness the power of collective intelligence.
  • Discover a whole new approach to creative design.
  • Learn a new way of expressing principles of sustainability.
  • Gain an introduction to a high level method of building organisational effectiveness. 
  • Experience the ‘Source’ of deep meaning that facilitates high levels of self-organisation. 

PatternDynamics™ is a simple tool that can be learned by anyone to overcome the challenges posed by complex systems–at any scale. Learn more and register here.

Price Reduction!:

Standard ticket is $99, and Final ticket is $139 (you must register/purchase tickets at this Eventbrite page).

Co-sponsored by Transition Whatcom, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Connections and Whatcom Folk School.

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Comment by David MacLeod on December 31, 2013 at 3:55pm

A free PD Workshop workbook can be downloaded here:

Comment by David MacLeod on December 12, 2013 at 10:19am


It sounds like you had a pretty strong reaction to the trademark.  I am feeling a pretty strong reaction in response, and am tempted to go into what would become a very long discussion - there's a lot of nuances to this conversation. The very shortest answer I can convey is that there are a myriad number of ways to engage in the Pattern of Exchange. Some of us work jobs in the mainstream economy so we can engage in transition activities without monetary exchange. Some invest all of their time and energy in creating a better world and hope to find income that supports that. And others do some kind of combination of the above.  I'll add that PatternDynamics has a place for free non-profit use of this tool, and another place for licensing for-profit use.

I don't think this is appropriate to have a long back and forth in the Events comments, but this would be a great topic for a Transition Whatcom Tea event.  Would you be up for that?

Comment by Ehben Eliot on December 12, 2013 at 2:03am

Hello All,

Please forgive me, but I have to laugh a bit on the day that I finally see the infiltration of 'trademarked' information on Transition Whatcom.  From the onset, I always assumed that the point of this exercise was to help each other out with things that we all found mutually confusing. I know that we all have to make a living, but please, let us let this be one of the last islands where you can ask your neighbor for a cup of sugar, with the hope that they might do the same tomorrow, and without the fear of a service charge in return. Not one of us invented the wheel on our own.  In (dis)honor of the idea of 'intellectual property', I hereby attempt to dub myself Ehben EliotTW, to symbolize my intent to always support Transition Whatcom as a forum for people who want to share ideas, not capitalize on them.

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