Design by Removal creates Innovation (a great lesson Labor can learn)

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Oftentimes, we ask ourselves “What aren’t we doing? Why aren’t we getting the outcomes we want?” Well, here’s another approach… I now ask myself, “ok…is there one less thing I can do?” This sounds like blasphemy for DOERS. But maybe … Continue reading

The Power of Both/And thinking

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I think the power of polarity maps–when worked through well–is that it gives people more choices. It gets them unstuck. Seeing the whole picture helps people be more intentional and empowered. A review of my work with a client who … Continue reading

7 Touchstones That Make Up My New EBook – Journeys of Discovery


Journeys of Discovery is my new e-book comprised of 78 exercises–or what I call “Quests.” A quest is purposeful play based off of asset based community development (ABCD) principles.  Each quest has particular qualities that it embodies–touchstones. The book is for … Continue reading

Polarity Thinking: New Study Shows a Correlation Between Tightness & Looseness and If a State is Red or Blue

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I recently read the article How “tightness” vs “looseness” explains the U.S. political map by Chris Cillizza. It’s a very interesting article that parallels concepts that mirror polarity thinking. Polarity thinkers have a maxim about “finding the genius of Both/And and moving … Continue reading

Wisdom and Laughter: notable quotes from Peter Block

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  This past Saturday (May 31, 2014), we gathered in community for another all-day intensive learning session with Peter Block. A lot of the old regular folks from A Small Group (ASG) showed up, but we were blessed to have … Continue reading

PLAY – One of the 7 Touchstones of Rex’s New Book Journeys of Discovery. Listen to Rex Explain the Play Principle and Learn More About the Book!

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The 7 Touchstones of Journeys of Discovery are… Play Stories Discovery Empathy Art Connections Gifts Rex Speaks About The 7 Touchstones of Journeys of Discovery…   Journeys of Discovery is a PlayGuide for: making Connections fostering Creativity experiencing Community Journe(s of … Continue reading

BRANDING: discovering the authentic YOU


“KNOW who you are…and adorn yourself accordingly”   What animates you? What are you pretty good at doing–something others would say that you’ve mastered? Finally, what is that the world needs…what is the value you bring to your circle?  If … Continue reading

eBook Now Available: Journey(s) of Discovery – A PlayGuide for Connecting, Creativity, Community

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Journey(s) of Discovery is a PlayGuide with 78 interactive games for those who want to explore their community with new, appreciative eyes through games and creative play. It’s been a labor of love for the last 9 months and I’m … Continue reading

Don’t Miss the Inclusion Conference with Starfire on August 27th-29th

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Starfire is an incredible organization building inclusive communities in Cincinnati.   I have had the privilege of working with them this year on Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) and design thinking principles.   Please join me at this 3 day … Continue reading

E-book Coming Soon!: Journey(s) of Discovery

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I’m excited to introduce a PlayGuide for those that want to explore their community with new, appreciative eyes…but through games and creative play. Jounrey(s) of Discovery is a PlayGuide for: making Connections fostering Creativity experiencing Community This is the first … Continue reading