Group Jazz News

2009 News

CBS News
Jasper Palmer, an escort service worker at Albert Einstein Medical Center demonstrates how to safely and efficiently remove the gowns and gloves worn while caring for patients in isolation because of contageous infections. His method also reduces trash volume. Doctors and nurses tell how they used Positive Deviance working together to protect patients from MRSA infections.

2008 News

OD Network Annual Conference
Lisa Kimball attends the OD Network Conference 2008: Advancing the theory and practice of OD, October 19-22, 2008 Austin, TX. read more

Positive Deviance Webcast
Lisa Kimball and Monique Sternin present an on demand webcast hosted by ULiveandLearn. In contrast to most ‘best practice’ approaches, Positive Deviance (PD) is a change methodology based on the insight that knowledge alone doesn’t change behavior. If it did, nobody would smoke and everyone would floss. The primary hypothesis of PD is that within any organization, there are people whose unique behaviors allow them to find solutions to problems that most in the organization find impossible to solve. They have the same resources as everyone else and they work within the same culture under the same constraints as everyone else and yet they have found a better way.

Media Rules! at the National Press Club
April 1, 2008, author, Brian Reich, and online pioneer, Lisa Kimball, discuss how new media figures into business, politics and culture today. view press release (pdf)

Big Problems + Small Interventions = Big Change
The Power of Positive Deviance presented March 26, 2008 at the Philadelphia ODN. view brochure (pdf)

MNODN 2008 National Workshop
In Minneapolis March 4-5, 2008, Lisa Kimball led a workshop on positive deviance. view brochure (pdf)

Busting the MRSA Myth
Sponsored by the Plexus Institute, this two-day conference (January 8-9, 2008, Philadelphia, PA) explored the Positive Deviance approach to the MRSA issue. read the brochure (pdf)

2007 News

Positive Deviance
November 9 and 16, 2007 in Baltimore, MD, Lisa Kimball and Linda Barker led workshops on Positive Deviance. Positive Deviance (PD) is a natural change process that comes from within a community or organization. Through PD, isolated examples of success can be studied to benefit an entire organization or community. read more

Group Jazz supports the work of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority in their effort to develop Quality Assurance systems as part of their Tertiary Education Reforms.

UMASS Course
Lisa Kimball co-instructs "Creative Thinking, Collaboration, and Organizational Change" with Wally Clausen. read more

Group Jazz creates a community for the National Education Association. In addition to other resources, the site features a special guest series and a World Cafe center for use in conjunction with their Building Strong Affiliates face-to-face Conference.

In a project funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, Group Jazz builds a community to provide resources, networking, and support towards the goal of enhancing patient care delivery by improving the retention of nurses.

On Demand Webcasts
Lisa Kimball presents a series of on demand webcasts on teams, collaboration, sustainable organizations, and more. view webcasts

2006 News

Positive Deviance Training
Tuesday, November 28, 2006 Bethesda, MD
Lisa Kimball facilitates the first session of a training program for consultants in using the Positive Deviance approach to organizational change. read more

Group Jazz featured in AlaskaAirlines article
"Utilizing technology to prepare for a succesful meeting." How can a virtual wrap-around meeting benefit your organization? read the article (pdf)

Seth Kahan interview with Lisa Kimball
"Liberating Structures" is the topic of conversation in this interview available online and for download. read the interview

Plexus Institute "Weaving Smart Networks"
"Weaving Smart Networks: Building Capacity for Positive Change in Organizations and Communities"
October 12-13, 2006
The Plexus Institute hosts a workshop led by June Holley, Lisa Kimball, Valdis Krebs, and Jack Ricchiuto. read more (pdf)

OD Network Webinar Series features Lisa Kimball
"Collaboration as a Performing Art"
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
The OD Network Webinar Series features Lisa Kimball on the secrets of high-performing groups.

Lisa Kimball presents at the IAF 2006 Conference
June 15-17, 2006 Maryland
Lisa Kimball presents "Dynamic Facilitation: Design Principles from the New Science of Complexity" at the The Art and Mastery of Facilitation 2006 IAF conference.

Lisa Kimball co-instructs UMass course
"Creative Thinking, Collaboration, and Organizational Change" with Wally Clausen. read more

2005 News

Lisa Kimball presents at Plexus Institute conferences
September 11-13, 2005 Delray Beach, Florida
On the Verge: Changing Lives, Organizations and Minds
Complexity Science in a Changing World web site

June 28-29, 2005 Boston
Lisa Kimball facilitates sessions on positive deviance. Also, a subject of an article in the May 2005 Harvard Business Review, "Your Company's Secret Change Agents."

Frank Burns Award winner
Group Jazz begins work with the 2005 Frank Burns Award winner Partners of the Americas by creating an online environment to connect stakeholders in the project. Partners of the Americas promotes leadership, understanding and opportunity in the Americas. web site

How to Facilitate On-Line Knowledge Networks
Lisa Kimball leads a one day training in Buckinghamshire UK
January 20, 2005
PDF brochure

2004 News

Group Jazz hosts online pre-conference
for the Leadership for Sustainability conference

TLC Virtual Forum 2004
Group Jazz hosts and manages the Department of Labor's Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (CFBCI) two-week online forum to engage stakeholders in government, business, faith and community-based nonprofit in creating solutions for the twenty-first century workforce. event website

Lisa Kimball contributes to IAF Group Facilitation Handbook
book cover The International Association of Facilitators Group Facilitation Handbook, published by Jossey-Bass and edited by Sandor P. Schuman, will be released in conjunction with IAF's 10th Anniversary in 2004. This book will provide a broad view of group facilitation including its foundations, methods, applications, and prospects and implications for the future.

The book includes the following chapter by Lisa Kimball, Nedra Weinstein and Trish Silber:
In major universities around the world, in government laboratories, and in interdisciplinary think tanks such as the Santa Fe Institute, scientists have made stunning progress in characterizing the properties of complex, dynamical systems. At its core, this intellectual revolution known as ‘complexity science’ is transforming our understanding of life, its structures, dynamics and its care, while providing new principles for making sense of what is most fundamental in our lives: our relationships with other people and our environment. The focus of this chapter is to connect and apply learning from this new science to the practice of facilitation.

Facilitators often work with complex systems including organizations, large groups, and change processes involving networks of stakeholders. Many of the facilitation practices that ‘work’ – things facilitators have discovered through experience and intuition - can be better understood using this new framework of complexity science. Deepening consciousness of how and why certain practices work (and others don’t) can help facilitators create and choose better processes. on amazon

How Storytelling Changes Organizations Workshop
April 16-18, 2004 in Washington, DC. Join Larry Prusak, Linda Bickerstaff, Mark Morris, Steve Denning, Doug Lipman, Steve Barnes, Dan Decker, Madelyn Blair and Seth Kahan for this exciting workshop on organizational storytelling. Group Jazz will support the workshop through digital documentation and a "hot of the presses" daily workshop newspaper.

Lisa Kimball and Amy Ladd Co-Author Chapter
Knowledge Networks cover Knowledge Networks: Innovation Through Communities of Practice
Paul Hildreth and Chris Kimble, eds.
Lisa Kimball and Amy Ladd co-authored a chapter titled "Facilitator Toolkit for Building and Sustaining Virtual Communities of Practice." The boundaries of a Community of Practice (CoP) have changed significantly because of changes in organizations and the nature of the work they do. This chapter offers a practical toolkit of best practices, tips and examples from the authors' work training leaders to launch and sustain a virtual CoP including tips for chartering the community, defining roles, and creating the culture that will sustain the community over time.
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2003 News

Lisa Kimball Keynotes Conference in Japan
Press Release [pdf]
Lisa Kimball, Executive Producer, Group Jazz delivered a keynote address at the symposium, "Civil Society and the Internet - 20 Years of Networking and the Progress to the Future," held in 4 cities in Japan on 11 - 19 October 2003. Ms. Kimball spoke on “Social Computing: Creating Collaborative Conversations to Support Civil Society Networks.” Based on the concept that civil society is built upon the trust in place between individuals, individuals and organizations, and organizations, the symposium focused on the way to connect people who have like-minded objectives (non-profits, civic organizations, and community activists).
Civil Society and the Internet

E-Government for All logoGroup Jazz sponsors E-Government for All Conference
E-Government for All will bring together leaders in government, the private sector, community activists, academia and civil society to discuss the relationship between e-government initiatives and the need for policy strategies to bridge the digital divide. While e-government presents us with powerful opportunities for making government more accessible and efficient, there are still millions of people lacking both Internet access and the skills to use it effectively. The conference, therefore, will explore what can be done to ensure that e-government initiatives lessen the digital divide rather than widen it. E-Government for All is free and open to the public. press release.

Central Appalachian Network ForumsGroup Jazz and the Central Appalachian Network (CAN)
Group Jazz has been a long-time supporter of the Central Appalachian Network (CAN), a multi-state network working to build a healthy regional economy in Central Appalachia. Click the graphic to connect to their community forums.

Group Jazz webcast with Fannie Mae Foundation's Knowledgeplex
Group Jazz supports Fannie Mae Foundation's webcast and ongoing community of interest on High Impact Community Transformation.

Group Jazz launches Demo Site
Group Jazz launches an e-learning demonstration site that shows just some of the elements that could be included in a workshop, course, or other online learning event. The site showcases Group Jazz's unique ability to manage e-learning environments but also shows new tools, configurations, and design examples that could be applied to any collaboration center. Visit the Demo Center.

Group Jazz's Chautauqua series draws authors
Group Jazz's Chautauqua series has hosted authors such as Jeffrey Stamps and Jessica Lipnick, Terrence L. Gargiulo, Bill Jensen, and Harrison Owen. Howard Rheingold opened the year with his book, Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution. Howard Rheingold was followed by Stan Herman, Jeremy Lurey, Patrick Ahern and other contributors to Rewiring Organizations for the Networked Economy. Each Chautauqua opens on the 15th and runs to the end of the month.

Lisa Kimball quoted in Collaborate - The Magazine for Workplace Solutions article

Access and flexibility
Group Jazz (Washington, D.C.; specializes in face-to-face or online collaboration. Lisa Kimball, founder and executive producer, stresses that successful new collaboration technology will match how customers want to work.

"We should be looking for new trends in how people are working together in organizations and see where communications technologies can support those changes," says Kimball. "For example, the boundaries between teams, departments, functions, and even organizations are becoming more permeable to include all the stakeholders in a project. That means it no longer works to design collaborative environments that require participants to have proprietary software, because you may be working with people with different brands of computers, different kinds of access, and different desktop environments. It doesn't matter how nifty the features are if all the users can't access them," she says.

According to Kimball, new technologies will not only enable workers to use the access methods that they choose, such as wireless devices, but will also "make it easier for us to move seamlessly between all modes of interaction. It should be a lot easier to write on a whiteboard or a napkin and scan that drawing into an ongoing online discussion or take key elements of an online discussion and pop them into a decision-support structure that can be projected on the wall during a face-to-face meeting. It's not so much that we need new technology features, but that we need the mechanisms to pull the disparate pieces together."

She also says that new technologies will be less dependent on large-scale implementation in the future. "More and more people are working independently and as part of small businesses. So the model where there's a big corporate information technology shop that is supporting a big technology infrastructure is irrelevant to them. I expect (and hope) that will mean more and more services aimed at this market," she says.

2002 News

Group Jazz's Lisa Kimball and Emily Reich attend OSonOS
The Tenth Annual Worldwide Open Space Practitioners' Conference takes place November 9-12, 2002 near Melbourne, Australia.

Group Jazz hosts Organizational Development Network (ODN) Online Pre-Conference
In conjunction with the Organizational Development Network's 2002 Annual Conference "Cultivating Adaptive Systems: The Nature of Organizational Development," Group Jazz hosted an online pre-conference workshop.

The online environment enables attendees to "preview" Conference materials and concepts from the speakers. The virtual workshop includes a facilitated dialogue, interaction with presenters, and the opportunity for attendees to share their own experiences and perspectives. Whether they are looking to get a handle on the basics or get up to speed on what's current, this is a chance to get a jump-start on Conference networking, insights and questions.

For more information about conference eWraps, check out events page.

CivicNet '02: September 18 - October 2, 2002
Group Jazz hosts CivicNet '02, a two week world-wide, online event bringing together the global networks of people, resources, and practices that put information and communication technology (ICT) to work to sustain economic development, enhance quality of community life and engage stakeholders in decisions that matter. Group Jazz's Lisa Kimball co-chaired the event with Richard Civille, co-editor of the Community Technology Review.

Group Jazz sponsors the Rolling Requiem
In just under five months, hundreds of groups and tens-of-thousands of volunteers from all around the world came together to plan the Rolling Requiem, a world-wide musical commemoration of September 11th. ( Organizers and supporters gathered with their counterparts from other countries in an online planning space to coordinate activities, share materials and ideas, and offer support.

The online community welcomed all those around the world who added their voices and opened their hearts to this event. We created a "Global Cafe," where people could share some of their sentiments and experiences with this magnificent event and talk about what the Rolling Requiem means to them as an organizer, musician, or fan.


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