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NEXUS Great Lakes Exchange


Sat. Sept. 7th Exchange w/ Hybrid Session &
Fri. Sept. 6th Design Night

Connect with peers exploring and advancing collaborative change and innovation in Perrysburg, Ohio. Join professionals and students from all fields; practitioners, leaders, educators, and scholars passionate about collaboration in new, creative, and impactful ways. 

Network and share your products and services. This event is for those with NO experience, those with LOTS of experience, and everyone in-between. Both the Friday evening design session and the Saturday collaborative community event are welcoming spaces filled with laughter, contemplations, design principles, publications, index cards, flip charts, sticky notes, shadow consulting, emerging technologies, food, beverage... and more.

Check out our past events here.



We focus on leveraging the power of more than 100 collaborative change approaches to transform organizations and communities as they tackle 21st Century challenges. We draw from a rich mix of foundational methods like Future Search, Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space, Whole Scale Change, and World Cafe; Collaborative Arts approaches like Playback Theater, Drum Cafe, Graphic Recording, and feature blended engagements from 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 peers in your community and the collaborative change community of communities at large. We will use the methods of collaborative change, as we learn the methods in order to do better work in our counties and the world, knowing we are not alone.

  • 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 the leading-edge with curated resources

  • Be a mentor or find a mentor

  • Develop collaborative change and innovation capabilities in "real time"

Experience collaborative change & innovation with professionals from around the corner and around the world. For more than fifty years, the father and mothers of this work, people like Kurt Lewin, Ron Lippitt, Kathie Dannemiller, and other founders of collaborative change 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: 

Fri. - 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.

If you cannot join us in person, video conferencing will be available via QiQo Chat [more details to come].

Sat. - The Exchange [ 9am-3pm ]

  • Connect & network with local professionals and regional leaders & scholars

  • Share the latest & best in Collaborative Change

  • 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.

Our feature session will focus on Collaborative Mediation presented by Rick and RJ Fenwick. Please RSVP here, or join the hybrid [virtual and in-person] session here via QiqoChat.

TO JOIN US in Perrysburg, Ohio - please register below. 

Event Details


Design work 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.

MARKETPLACE [Coffee & Networking] starts at 9am.* 
Sessions start at 10am - 3pm

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. Resource & Evidence Library

  7. Professional Opportunities Marketplace: Publishing, Training & Consulting

*bring your own, or other's books/ flyers/ articles/ for sale items/ brochures/ RFPs/ postings ...  to the Marketplace 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].

SPONSORED by:  Bowling Green State University's Masters and Doctoral Programs in Organization Development & Change



[$10 at Saturday check-in]*

Name *
Community Info: *
Please share your location and zip code/ postal code.
Dates you will attend: *

* $10 includes lunch and refreshments