Conference Session
Changing the Game:  Not Just the Rules
(Collaboration and Competition in Complexity Management)

Presented by Jane Lorand


Abstract: A Complex Issue is an issue where the fundamental cause/effect relationships of multiple, changing variables are not knowable in the present: only retrospectively.  In addition, the relationship among these variables is constantly changing and is most often beyond the control of decision makers.  Yet, decisions need to be made. Systemic principles and practices call for counter-intuitive leadership that invites egalitarian, highly diverse engagement.  Transparency and anonymity supports the quick release of embedded knowledge in organizations, and enables us to utilize our human capacity to identify insights from emergence and patterns.  What is needed is a solution process that invites disciplined imagination and critical thinking to advance us with higher levels of confidence as we take up the unending challenge of leadership of Complex Issues. Built upon a foundation of "better thinking about thinking," this presentation shares a software solution (WindTuneling, at that enables sixty participants to explore or test complex issues virtually…..building greater resilience for strategies and risk management for the organization as a whole. 

Jane Lorand

Biography: Jane is Co-founder of the GreenMBA and a core faculty member. She works as a consultant to large corporations and state agencies, developing programs for public education in fields such as electric deregulation and telecommunications. A graduate of Hastings College of the Law, University of California, San Francisco, she spent three years at the Center for Critical Thinking developing curriculum, doing research, writing articles and teaching college and high school faculties how to transform their curriculum so students think more and memorize less. She also holds an M.A. in Education and a B.A. in History from UCLA. Jane is a mother of five children; she actively works in her community bringing her analytical and facilitation skills to the benefit of environmental and educational organizations. Jane teaches Critical Thinking for Business Redesign.

Contact: Jane can be reached by e-mail at for additional information about this conference session.


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