Playful + Professional = Awesome at Work.
Genius Engine offers business training and consulting, angel investing, coaching, facilitation, and board advisory services, drawing from a variety of existing systems and making up the best new thing on the fly. We enjoy looking at everything through the lens of games and game design principles, to make companies into games that everyone wants to play—customers, workers, investors, and managers. Some of the disciplines we apply in this way are Lean (lean startup and lean manufacturing), Embodied (conscious life and relationship skills, embodied intelligence and integrity practices), Agile (project management), and Dynamic Self-Governance (aka Sociocracy), plus Appreciative Inquiry, living systems analysis, and others.
My entire adult life has been devoted to exploring the questions: What’s the big change our society is up to? How can my work serve it? How can I bring my love of play to help people get really present with what matters to them, in service of this big transformation? I’m living my way into the answers to these questions, co-creating a world with wellbeing for all through playing with what matters.
Nathaniel has been designing and facilitating working, learning and residential communities since 1996. He developed his expertise in supporting personal transformation and creating high-quality relationships over three years of training with shamans in the American Southwest and another two years of apprenticeship with pioneering psychologists Drs. C.G. and Kathlyn Hendricks. He has served as steering-committee member of the Ecovillage Network of the Americas and Merchants of Vision Editor of the World Business Academy, run a socially responsible investment firm, and run agile software projects for clients on four continents. He currently practices the art of relationship with his wife and sons in Uckfield, England.
I’ve always been passionately interested in how groups of people work together and make decisions. I’m committed to living a life of service and working towards a world where everyone does what they love. I know that to solve the global problems we’re facing, we must develop our ability and agility in community decision-making. I’m convinced the best path to the playful creativity this world requires is through creative play, itself.
Gavin has a gift for supporting his clients in growing their capacity for expressing personal integrity and purpose. Following his own greatest purpose, he left behind work as a rising star in progressive politics to pursue a deep passion for elegant, efficient, and effective organizations as the Principal of White Weld Consulting. Gavin is a Certified Sociocratic Expert Facilitator and graduate of the 2-year Hendricks Institute Leadership and Transformation training program. Gavin weaves contexts that invite creative collaboration among high-powered leaders. He embraces play, conflict, high emotional energy, and feedback as fuel for growth and learning — for himself and his clients.
I’m not sure that’s how this is supposed to work.
Susan lets the numbers speak for themselves. When they can’t, she makes them into pretty colors. She sees the deep patterns in things, communicates the inner workings of the world in a way that inspires wonder and recognition, and uses the powers marked with the ancient symbol “PhD” to cut through piles of BS in record time. Other acronyms too.
Are you really hunting for logos to validate the ideas you’re trying out in your business? What about running a small experiment to see if the things we talk about work, and how they work for you?
A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play.
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