the NEXUS Great Lakes Exchange
Aug. 18 & 19, 2017


You are invited to an intensive experience, exploring and advancing collaborative change and innovation approaches. This is our regional event, held in Perrysburg Ohio USA. We bring together practitioners, leaders, scholars, educators, and students who value utilizing collaborative approaches in creative and impactful ways.

This session is for those with NO experience -- to those with LOTS of experience. Come for the Friday evening design session and/or Saturday collaborative community event. Our experience will be held in a welcoming space filled with laughter, contemplations, design principles, cool books, great articles, index cards, flip charts, sticky notes, shadow consulting, emerging technologies, food, beverage... and more.

Our focus will be on leveraging the power of more than 60 collaborative change approaches being used to transform organizations and communities as they tackle 21st Century challenges. These approaches are broadly referred to as large-group methods/interventions, whole-system change, or large-scale change. What makes them unique are two foundational assumptions: high involvement and a systemic approach to improvement. You can find the list of 60+ methods in the current edition of The Change Handbook, in which we are now in the process of creating the 3rd Edition. The third edition will have the classic methods such as Future Search, World Cafe, Conference Model, Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space Technology, Whole Scale Change, Technology of Participation, Charrettes, Playback Theater, Drum Cafe, Graphic Recording, and more.  It will also feature blending methods such Liberating Structures and the Art of Hosting. The body of methods and techniques is growing exponentially and NEXUS4change is creating an inclusive space and place for you to connect with the broad community of communities. 

In our upcoming event, we will use the methods of collaborative change, as we learn the methods in order to do better work in the world, knowing we are not alone. Are you looking to:

  • Expand your network and sphere of influence
  • Share and see best practices
  • Hear from thought leaders around the world
  • Identify and find collaborative projects
  • Add to your experience and work portfolio
  • Build your change toolkit with templates, designs, methods, techniques, activities
  • Stay on cutting-edge with curated resources for your library
  • Be a mentor, find a mentor
  • Promote and expand your professional opportunities
  • Develop your collaborative change and innovation capabilities in "real time"

If you answered yes to any of these, then come and participate on behalf of collaborative change and innovation professionals from around the world. Our experience goes back to Kurt Lewin, Ron Lippitt, Kathie Dannemiller, and other founders of collaborative change. For more than fifty years, people have come together on a Friday evening in a welcoming space to design an experience for a broader community gathering on Saturday. Come and learn by doing.

Join one or both events - Friday and/or Saturday.

Fri. Aug. 18 - DESIGN NIGHT [ 6pm-9pm ]

  • Come together for an intimate, friendly and fun design experience.  
  • Bring a dish or desert to share and your favorite beverage. 
  • Experience an intense Design Process through 'Learning by Doing' Collaborative Design 

The Friday evening intensive design experience is filled with laughs, contemplations, design principles, note cards, food, beverage, and community. This evening is comprised of a smaller more intimate group of people [typically up to 20] interested in learning and contributing to the Saturday Agenda. If you want to learn about Collaborative Design - this evening is for you. Then, Saturday becomes a larger gathering in which we use collaborative methods to learn collaborative methods. 

Sat. Aug. 19 - The EXCHANGE [ 9am-4pm ]

  • Share the latest & best in Collaborative Change
  • Connect with local and regional leaders & scholars
  • Join us for engaging conversations, presentations and group activities

Our purpose is to use the methods as we learn the methods in a community of practice - leaving with more than we came in with... giving back more than we realized. Come be with other like minded people committed to the power of collective wisdom and action. Whether you are a beginner or advanced user of collaborative change approaches, this is for you. We often pair up an advanced user with a beginner to co-facilitate an activity - transferring competencies and building mentoring relationships.

Saturday KEYNOTE:  
Emergence - what to do, when you don’t know what to do!

Experience this live virtual keynote with Peggy & Tom, who will join us via distance, as we demonstrate the cutting-edge tools for online collaboration. We will hear their latest thinking on the topics outlined below and have an interactive conversation with them. This session will also be broadcast live globally for those not able to attend in person. If you can't join us in-person and wish to attend online click here:

Peggy Holman, author Engaging Emergence, 
Co-founder, Journalism that Matters 

When the way isn’t clear, how do we find a path to travel? Informed by a practice of high participation, system change, and the study of complexity; we’ll look at the art of generative discourse and welcoming disturbance to discover a way.

Tom Devaneconsultant, author of Integrating Lean Six Sigma and High Performance Organizations

Interest in tapping into people’s passions at work and in communities is at an all-time high. Improved employee engagement is the next frontier for organizations seeking a competitive edge based on collective employee wisdom. How can we amplify the impact of group gatherings that enable us to be our best when changing things at work and in communities in which we live? And, how can we make it easier for leaders to initiate a positive, world-changing improvement by systematically engaging others with a high chance of success?

Event Details


FRIDAY, Aug. 18
Welcome w/ food & bev starts at 6pm to
9pm with informal conversations after

Potluck & Design Session: No Cost
[bring a dish & favorite beverage] 
20-capacity limit

at NEXUS Headquarters*

  1. Welcome, Introductions & Food
  2. Review Design Process
  3. What is the purpose?
  4. Who needs to be involved?
  5. What conversations need to take place? 
  6. Identify Co-facilitators
  7. Room set-up and hand outs
  8. Wrap up/ Check-out

*directions will be emailed to Design-participants who register.

Coffee & Networking Hour starts at 9am.* 
Sessions start at 10am - 4 pm

Registration Fee:  $10 at check in
[lunch & coffee included] 
75-capacity limit


  1. Welcome and Review of Design Night
  2. Opening Grounding Activity
  3. Keynote
  4. Networking Lunch
  5. Best Practices Tools & Cases 
  6. Shadow Consulting Activity 
  7. Resource & Evidence Library 
  8. Professional Opportunities Marketplace:  Publishing, Training & Consulting   

*bring for sale items/ books/ flyers/ articles/ broshures/ RFPs/ postings as you see fit! 

Friday Event Location Information: 
NEXUS headquarters is located on an 17 acre farm 5 min. from BGSU @ Levis Commons. Directions will be emailed to you when you register [below] for the Friday Design Experience. 

Saturday Event Location Information:
BGSU @ LEVIS COMMONS Perrysburg, Ohio 43551at the interchange of the midwest where Cleveland-Chicago [I-80/90] intersects with Detroit-Cincinnati [I-75].

Bowling Green State University's Graduate Programs in Organization Development & Change



[$10 at Saturday check-in]*

Name *
Dates you will attend:

* $10 includes lunch and refreshments