November / December 2005



Announcing Forum 2006
Details on the speakers and workshops of Forum 2006. Online registration opens January.


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Daring to Explore: Creating Possibilities Together

We are excited to announce that program planning for the In2:InThinking Network's 2006 Forum is nearly complete and we encourage our readers to join us in Southern California the week of March 30th for four thought-filled days of presentations, workshops, and peer-networking. We believe our title concept- "Daring to Explore: Creating Possibilities Together," will provide the connecting thread to the four days of energizing presentations and workshops by an exceptional cast of speakers, and the starting point for hours of opportunity to network and converse with our broad attendee group spanning the US and the world.

In choosing the title theme for 2006, our Forum Planning Team recognized the challenge to InThinkers: transforming the way we think, learn, and work together often requires exploring far out of our comfort zones. But exploration should rarely be a solitary task- it should engage networks of people who can add valuable outside perspectives to shape the course of our transformational journeys. Our strong lineup of speakers will engage your mind and your passions to help guide you in your personal exploration.

Our Forum plan includes a combination of keynote and triple-track speakers. Keynote speakers include:

  • Dr. Russell Ackoff (Anheuser-Busch Professor Emeritus of Management Science at the Wharton School of Business)
  • Dr. Peter Collis (Director of Learning and Teaching, University of Leeds)
  • Dr. William Glasser (founder of the William Glasser Institute)
  • Sherry Immediato (Founding Member and Managing Director, Society for Organizational Learning)
  • TBA, (Representative of NASA)

Together, these speakers will bring their diverse backgrounds and experiences to broaden our thinking and to encourage our exploration of the unknown as well as known.

In addition, the Forum will feature a series of six "triple-track" speaker sessions:

  • Steve Buchanan & Shirley Gordon (State Farm Insurance)
  • Bill Cooper (Deming consultant and aid to Congressman Duncan Hunter) & John Duddy (The Boeing Company)
  • Dr. Micah Fierstein (The Change Institute, and contributor to "Schools The Learn")
  • Dr. Joseph Parent (Sports psychologist and author of "Zen Golf")
  • Lynn Sumida (The William Glasser Institute)
  • Dick Steele (Peaker Services, Inc. and The Deming Institute)

In addition to our weekend sessions, we'll be offering eight pre-conference workshops to provide a deeper perspective on our Network's aim of initiating and advancing "better thinking about thinking." Starting Forum-week Thursday, our pre-conference sessions will include a 3-hour introduction to systems thinking by Dr. Russell Ackoff, and a full-day Resource Leadership workshop led by members of the Forum Planning Team. Details on these workshops and speaker presentations will be posted in the coming weeks at

Online registration for Forum 2006 will open in January on our website and will be announced in an upcoming newsletter. Consistent with our mission to make the Forum as accessible as possible, we will continue to offer Forum registration at the modest fee of $300, which includes all pre-conference workshops. Please mark your calendars and watch for the announcement of the opening of registration. We look forward to seeing you at Forum 2006!

The Forum 2006 Planning Team includes over 50 volunteers. Most are located in the United States, from north to south and east coast to west coast, but we are also joined by several teammates in the United Kingdom and Europe. Teams are organized around specific roles, such as teams for program design, marketing, sales, registration, scholarships, communications, and logistics. Other teams handle finance, our website, and special projects.

FORUM 2006!

Daring to Explore:
Creating Possibilities

March 30 - April 2, 2006
Los Angeles, CA

Online registration starts in January- look for the announcement in the next Newsletter.



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  • The Deming Institute, in partnership with Purdue University, held its annual Fall Conference this past October on the campus of Purdue. Keynoters included Prof. P.N. Murthy (Tata Consulting), Marcia Daszko (Dazko Associates), and David Train (Olympic Canoeing Coach). Following on his keynote, David Train has been invited to return to Purdue University for a two week visit. During his visit David will meet senior people from Purdue University, industry, the media and political figures


  • The Ongoing Discussion for December will feature Peter Stonefield, Forum 2005 speaker, talking about innovation. Sessions to be held on December 15 and 16. For call-in information, contact

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