2nd NEXUS Great Lakes Exchange
Dec. 1 & 2, 2017


You are invited to our second regional NEXUS Exchange event, exploring and advancing collaborative change and innovation approaches held in Perrysburg, Ohio. We bring together scholars, practitioners, leaders, educators, and students who value utilizing collaborative approaches in new, creative, and impactful ways.

This event is for those with NO experience, those with LOTS of experience, and everyone in-between. Join the Friday evening design session and/or the Saturday collaborative community event in a welcoming space filled with laughter, design principles, contemplations, publications, index cards, flip charts, sticky notes, shadow consulting, emerging technologies, food, beverage... and more. Check out our first event here.

We focus on leveraging the power of 60+ collaborative change approaches to transform organizations and communities as they tackle 21st Century challenges. You can find the list of 60+ methods [broadly referred to as large-group methods/interventions, whole-system change, or large-scale change] in the current edition of The Change Handbook, now going into its 3rd Edition. This new edition will feature the classic methods including Future Search, World Cafe, Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space, Whole Scale Change, Charrettes, Playback Theater, Drum Cafe, Graphic Recording, and more, but 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 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. If you looking to:

  • Promote and expand your professional opportunities
  • 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 or find a mentor
  • Develop collaborative change and innovation capabilities in "real time"

Come and participate with collaborative change & 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 and join one or both events - Friday and/or Saturday: 

Fri. Dec. 1 - 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 '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. 2 - 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 & Feature Presentation    
WORLD CAFÉ with Founder David Isaacs:  The Central Garden of Collaborative Change Practice:  Accessing Our Collective Intelligence


This local/global Great Lakes Exchange with World Cafe in the Central Garden will allow you to experience a simultaneous local and online WorldCafé and keynote with founder David Isaacs who will join us online via ZOOM's Video Interaction, as we demonstrate on of the cutting-edge tools for working online in the collaborative change space. We will hear his latest thinking and have an interactive conversation with them. 

The Central Garden metaphor, coined by World Cafe Co-Founder Juanita Brown, identifies a  NEXUS for change, communities and networks engaging in many processes and practices of Collaborative Change as featured in The Change Handbook.  The Central Garden generates the opportunity for collaborative learning where individuals collectively learn more together than they can alone.  It nourishes an interconnected root system that allows us to integrate our wisdom, hone our practices, as well as blend & innovate new approaches.  


We are living in times of unprecedented social and ecological change. Alternative stories are vying for our attention as citizens in countries and communities around the globe. One story tells of global financial crises, environmental catastrophes, and institutional failure, but alternative stories are also unfolding.

Collaborative social technologies such as World Cafe that use conversation as a core process have introduced significantly effective approaches to thinking and acting together in response to the challenges of our times. They have introduced effective approaches to thinking and acting together in corporate and educational systems, including at institutions like the European Union, the United Nations. Together we are creating a new story.

Join us as we gather - both locally (onsite at Bowling Green University) and globally (online on Zoom) - for a Hybrid World Cafe conversation exploring the Central Garden, or Jardin Centrale in Spanish - the “community of communities” through which we can access our collective intelligence and together investigate our learning edges.  This two and half hour hybrid event will model one method [World Cafe] and a variety of technologies [Zoom, Google Docs,] to explore what is possible now that was not possible before.

David Isaacs, co-founder of the World Cafe and Steve Piersanti, founder of Berrett-Koehler Publishers \ will be our conversation starters, hosted by Steve Cady and Amy Lenzo from weDialogue.

This session will be broadcast live globally for those not able to attend in person.

Event Details


FRIDAY, Dec. 1 
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.

SATURDAY, Dec. 2  
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