Inquiry & Learning for Change

Credits, Sources, Tools, & Resources


I am grateful and honored to have been the student of Eleanor Duckworth, Joseph Maxwell, Michael Huberman, Lance Lee, Jed Williamson, Bob Lloyd, Carol Weiss, Chris Argyris, Peter Senge, Ted Sizer, Pat Cox, Karen Seashore Lewis, Abby Tucker, Douglas Brooks, and all my own students when I was a teacher.

I have been strongly influenced in my work and thinking by adrienne maree brown, Lao Tzu, Gary Snyder, Walt Whitman, Gregory Bateson, Donald Schon, Chris Argyris, Donnella Meadows, Francis Moore Lappe, Meg Wheatley, Peggy Holman, Chris Corrigan, Harrison Owen, Eleanor Duckworth, Paulo Friere, Marvin Weisbord, Ron Heifetz, Victor Cary, Tom Malarkey, Nora Bateson, Zaid Hassan, Noel Tichy, and those mentors and teachers mentioned above.

Ethan Hazzard-Watkins crafted this beautiful web site for me.  Deirdre Crowley and Melanie Ida Chopko taught me wonderful things about graphic recording and facilitation.  Pat Cox taught be about “pausure” (as opposed to closure) in group facilitation.  Juli Quinn has been a co-conspirator in change process and coaching for ages!

Some Sources

Cynefin Framework/ Cognitive Edge

Open Space Technology/ Open Space World

Open Space Technology/ Co-Intelligence Institute

World Cafe

Art of Hosting

Future Search

Engaging Emergence – Peggy Holman

The Art of Convening – Heartland

Chris Corrigan – Chaordic Stepping Stones, Working with Complexity, Indigenous World Views

Tim Dalmau – Resources

Group Works – A Pattern Language for Bringing Life to Meetings

Nora Bateson/ Warm Data Labs

Some Tools We Use

Inquiry Driven Planning Framework (Watkins & Cox)

Tim Dalmau’s Enclave of Enneagrams, Green Line Lens, 6 Circle Lens (process tools)

Cynefin Framework

6 Circle Model (John’s slide deck about)

Other Resources/ A Sort of Bibliography

Argyris, C., Putnam, R., & Smith, D.  (1985).   Action science:  Concepts, methods, and skills for research and intervention.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Banathy, B. (1991).  The systems design of education:  A journey to create the future.  Englewood Cliffs, NJ:  Educational Technology Publications.

Bateson, Gregory.  (1972).  Steps to an ecology of mind.  New York:  Ballentine.

Berman, P.  (1981).  Educational change:  An implementation paradigm.  In R. Lehming & M. Kane (Eds.), Improving schools:  Using what we know (pp. 253-286).  Beverly Hills, CA:  Sage Publications.

Brooks, D. (2008). Poised for Grace.  The Woodlands, TX: Anusara Press.

brown, adrienne maree (2017) Emergent Strategy. Chico, CA: AK Press.

brown, adrienne maree (2021) Holding Change. Chico, CA: AK Press.

Caluwé, L., Marx, E., & Petri, M. (1988).  Schooldevelopment:  Models and change.  Leuven, Belgium:  ACCO (Academic Publishing Company).

Fullan, M. (1993).  Change forces:  Probing the depths of educational reform.  New York:  The Falmer Press.

Freire, P. (2002). Pedagogy of the Oppressed, 30th Anniversary Edition. New York: Continuum.

Hall, G., & Hord, S. (1987).  Change in schools:  Facilitating the process.

Holman, P. (2010).  Engaging Emergence.  San Francisco:  Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Holman, P., & Devane, T. (1999). The Change Handbook.  San Francisco:  Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Kaner, S. (1996).  Facilitator’s guide to participatory decision-making.  Gabriola Island, British Columbia: New Society Publishers.

Kelly, Kevin. (1994).  Out of control:  The new biology of machines, social systems, and the economic world.  Reading, MA:  Perseus Books.

Lambert, Linda.  (1998). Building leadership capacity in schools.   Alexandria, VA:  ASCD.

Lambert, Linda.  (1995).  The constructivist leader.  New York:  Teachers College Press.

Lemke, J. (1995).  Textual Politics.  London & Bristol, PA: Taylor & Francis.

Margulies, N. (2002).  Mapping Inner Space, Second Edition.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Massell. D. (2000).  The district role in building capacity:  Four strategies.  University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia:  Consortium for Policy Research in Education.

Maturana, H., & Varela, F. (1998). The Tree of Knowledge, Revised Edition.  Boston: Shambala.

McLaughlin, M. (1990).  The Rand change agent study revisited:  Macro perspectives and micro realities.  Educational Researcher, 19 (9), 11-16.

Mintzberg, H. (1979).  The structure of organizations: A synthesis of research.  Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Owen, H. (2008). Open Space Technology, Third Edition.  San Francisco:  Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Safir, Shane (2017) The Listening Leader: Creating the Conditions for Equitable School Transformation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Safir, Shane, & Dugan, Jamila (2021) Street Data. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Senge, P. (1990).  The fifth discipline:  The art and practice of the learning organization.  New York:  Doubleday.

Wagter, H., & Russell, J. (2016) Cultivating Flows: How Ideas Become Thriving Organizations. Axminster, UK: Triarchy Press.

Watkins, J. (1992).  Critical friends in the fray:  An experiment in applying critical ethnography to school restructuring.  In, G.  Alfred Hess, (Ed.), Empowering teachers and parents:  School restructuring through the eyes of anthropologists.  Westport, CT: Bergin & Garvey.

Watkins, J. (1995).  Critical elements of a culture of inquiry in schools and their implications for the larger educational system.  Paper prepared for a symposium, Restructuring beyond the school, for the AERA annual meeting, San Francisco, April.

Weick, K. (1979).  The social psychology of organizing, Second edition.  New York:  Random House.

Weisbord, M., & Janoff, S. (2010). Future Search, Third Edition. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Wenger, E., McDermott, R., & Synder, W. (2002).  Cultivating communities of practice.  Boston: Harvard Business School Press.

Wenger, E., White, N., & Smith, J. (2009). Digital habitats.  Portland, OR: CPsquare.

Wenger-Trayner, E. & B. (2020) Learning to Make a Difference: Value Creation in Social Learning Spaces. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Wheatley, M. (2006). Leadership and the New Science.  San Francisco:  Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Whyte, W. F.  (1984).   Learning from the field:  A guide from experience. Beverly Hills, CA:  Sage Publications.