OWL Wisdom Circle 1, March 10, 2015 – How Small Groups Can Change the World

First Speaker

Alan Briskin Ph.D., is an OWL Guide and one of our founding members. Co-founder of the Collective Wisdom Initiative, Alan is a consultant, artist, and researcher. His co-authored book, The Power of Collective Wisdom, won the 2010 Nautilus Award in the category of Business and Leadership. Another recent book, Daily Miracles: Stories and Practices of Humanity and Excellence in Health Care, written with Jan Boller, was chosen as the 2007 Book of the Year by the American Journal of Nursing in the area of Public Interest and Creative Works. Alan, honored by Saybrook University as the 1997 Noted Humanist Scholar, is a leading voice in the field of organizational learning and development.

Alan’s decades of work with business, health care, and non-profit organizations around the world — helping then understand and embody the power of collective wisdom — has led him to a deep understanding, vital to our OWL community, of how small groups can change the world.

First Speaker’s Story

Part 1: From Personal Background to Life’s Work

Part 2: From Alienation to Collective Wisdom


Part 3: Five Conditions for the Emergence of Collective Wisdom



Document: Five Conditions for the Emergence of Collective Wisdom

Part 4: How Small Groups Can Change the World



Document: A Brief History of Small Groups That Changed the World
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Community Response

  1. One of the questions that Alan offered for us to reflect on: what is your own experience of the relationship of small groups to larger scale change?
  2. Any other personal reflections to share in response to Alan’s story?

Please share your reflections in the Comments section below.

2 thoughts on “OWL Wisdom Circle 1, March 10, 2015 – How Small Groups Can Change the World

  1. Alan’s questions to us was: what is your own experience of the relationship of small groups to larger scale change?

    My experience is when i started my small dialogue group UFPACI, i recruited poeple who love peace work with passion- they connected to my call for social justice, combating social and religious prejudice, stigmatism, discrimination, violence and wars.

    Today, this small group of five people in number is turn to more than 50 volunteers members and have gone around the nation healing divided communities, bringin entranched, allienated communities together from hate, fear of the other and ignorance to reconciliation, peaceful social climate. see photo and video in our website: http://www.ufpacidialogue.net

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