Utopia - Next Stop or Last Stop? 

Sir Thomas More was not the first person, nor the last, to disagree with King Henry VIII.   His last serious conflict, refusing to attend the coronation of Anne Boleyn as the Queen of England in 1533, was interpreted by Henry as a snub against Anne.   From this episode, More's enemies organized efforts to arrest him on charges of treason, ending two years later with his beheading. Surely, a tragic ending for the former Member of Parliament; a statesman, lawyer, and author; who, nineteen years earlier, described the fictional island republic of Utopia.   Common explanations suggest that this landmass in the Atlantic Ocean represented a perfected society, one ultimately unreachable. Five hundred years later, visions of Utopia live on in our imaginations.   But, what can be said of the enduring concept of perfection?
Aside from the use of perfect to imply "Exactly what I am looking for!," perhaps after a long search, use of perfect implies an unsurpassable endpoint.   That is, in terms of a product or a service, from a smartphone to a car, there will never be a better one. While one might acknowledge the use of "perfect" to respond to questions such as "Is this what you are looking for?," what can be said of the use of perfect in the context of an ultimate achievement, perhaps characterized by "The Pursuit of Perfection."
If such a form of perfection does exist, consider the contrast it creates with Dick Steele's Pre-Conference session, "a Rational Approach to Making Something Better and Better and Better and..."  Yet, in some communities, there remains the curious logic that "continuous improvement is a journey" and "perfection is a very distant goal," well in keeping with Thomas More's Utopia.   A distant goal, agreed, but perhaps a point of stoppage that conflicts with the concept of continuous, quite often defined as "happening or continuing without break or interruption."  
Might it be possible that seemingly Utopian end points, such as the achievement of zero defects, zero waste, and the elimination of non-value efforts, stem from how individuals and organizations currently think about their efforts, without realizing the conflict between a focus on continuous improvement and the existence of perfection, even if a distant goal?   Herein lies a connection in how we think to Bob Browne's Pre-Conference session, "It's Not the Technology, It's the Neurology."

To perceive improvement as continuous requires thinking past stops that offer the illusion of barriers to improvement, much as Sir Roger Bannister raced past a 4-minute mile and Chuck Yeager flew a fighter plane beyond the sound barrier.   Would continuous improvement be a focus of exploration in Utopia?

If you are interested in exploring and dissolving unseen forces that stand in the way of leadership and teamwork in industry, government, and education, through thinking together about thinking, we invite you to join with peers at the In2:InThinking Network's 2016 Forum in Los Angeles, California, from June 8th through 12th, on the campus of Woodbury University.  This year, our ever timely focus will be;  
"Know" Less - "Learn" More - INNOVATE!
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For more information, visit our 2016 Forum website or e-mail us at registrar@in2in.org.  Moving past April 27th, our Forum registration fee is now $400 for our Weekend Conference.  We also offer a $200 registration fee for full-time students.
If you are not able to attend our Weekend Conference, you are most welcome to attend any of our 19 Pre-Conference sessions, including our new "The Dialogic Sessions," all free, with the exception of a $15 material fee for session R, Self-Organizing the "Creator" / "Innovator."  

Webcasting is also an option; find details at this link.   
Following a change we instituted for the first time in 2015, we are charging a daily fee ($25) to participate in the Pre-Conference sessions. This fee will help us to offset expenses for meals (Continental Breakfast and Lunch) and handouts associated with these sessions.   As for incidental expenses, note that Woodbury University does not charge a parking fee.

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For a glimpse of the excitement we offer, link here for a photo montage from our 2012 Forum.   Link here for a complete list of our previous 2016 Forum UPDATES.  
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Through the services of Vimeo on Demand, we now offer a Forum Video subscription series. Select videos from our Forum catalog are available for online viewing for a low monthly fee (launching at $5 per month), with new videos from our 15-year library added quarterly. Eventually, our entire Forum video library will be viewable through this subscription series, with monthly rates maintained at the level at which subscribers join. This will be a great way to revisit some of your favorite presentations or see speakers you missed.

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Coming Next   
Through a partnership with CC-M Productions, we are proud to announce that our Vimeo on Demand library will soon expend to include the videos such as CC-M's 7-volume "Better Management for a Changing World."   Our CC-M subscription series will include Russ Ackoff on The New World View, The Big Picture, The New Leadership, and Doing the Right Thing Right. It also includes Gerald Suarez on Managing Fear; Change, Improvement, and Fear; and Managing Fear: How to Begin.

Deming Institute Workshop, May 23-25, New York
The W. Edwards Deming Institute, a 15-year "Forum Partner InThinking," is excited to announce a 2.5-day workshop on Effective & Efficient Leadership.

At this seminar you will learn to look at your organization through a new lens: a lens of how to make your system better - and thus get better results. You will gain new knowledge to remove barriers, increase efficiencies, reduce wasted time, boost motivation, and provide better insight into what's really going on in your organization.

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Jubilee Conference, May 26, Amersvoort, NL
DARQA, the Dutch Association of Research Quality Assurance, a new "Forum Partner InThinking," is celebrating 35 years of activity with a Jubiliee event, featuring a conference on May 27th, preceded by a pre-conference on May 26th.

Quality thinking and systems thinking is universally applicable, therefore the pre-conference and conference events welcome delegates from ALL quality driven sectors including; chemical & energy industry, ICT, aviation/aeronautics, aerospace, automotive, lithography, education, agriculture and financial institutions.  Take full advantage of this unique opportunity to learn from the experts and ask your questions during the panel discussions by preparing questions and sending cases with your registration.

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