An individual human existence should be like a river — small at first, narrowly contained within its banks, and rushing passionately past rocks and over waterfalls. …


Why and How we host adaptive spaces

Last summer my husband, my pup and I went on a three-month cross country camping trip. We went through a lot of deserts such as the Grand Canyon; we also encountered many oasis in the deserts. These oasis exist because they are connected to a water source; even though most…


Developing community capacity for complexity

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

— Margaret Mead

Image Credit: Marc Rettig

Fall is my favorite season. It is special for many reasons — u.lab is one of them. This is the third year I have…


Convergence Leadership Series #3

Photo credit: Linda Molnar

The third seminar on April 7 was dedicated to sensemaking. We talked about what is sensemaking, why is it important, and explored two methods for complex sensemaking: story telling and the debate.

As is our tradition, we started the seminar with a warm welcome to the whole human in our…


Convergence Leadership Series #2

Liberating Structures

Photo credit: Dr. Linda Molnar

The second seminar on March 1 was dedicated to the second set of Liberating Structures/LS. The specific string of LS includes Impromptu Networking, TRIZ, Wise Crowd, and Chatter fall.

We started this seminar by reiterating the importance of facilitation: running a successful meeting is one of the most important leadership…


Convergence Leadership Series #1

Liberating Structures

Picture Credit: Dr. Linda Molnar

Building on the success of last year’s Conversation Cafe series, we are going to host monthly seminars on Convergence Leadership during the spring semester this year. We are going to learn and practice practical tools for team science, ranging from facilitation methods to complex ways of seeing, sensemaking, collaborating, and…


Adaptive Space Practice Group Series 1

The twin cycles: u.lab and Adaptive Space

We launched the Adaptive Space Practice Group to complement both the u.lab 2x global community and the Adaptive Space Learning Group.

A word on the history of Adaptive Space

U.lab and Adaptive Space

Adaptive Space is an evolution of the Pitt u.lab hub, which started in the fall of 2019. From fall 2019 to spring 2020, the Pitt u.lab hub was in…


WHEN COMPLEXITY SCIENCE MEETS CONVERGENCE RESEARCH PART 7

Reflections from co-hosting the NSF workshop

My recent experience organizing and participating in NSF Convergence Accelerator future topic selection workshops gave me great food for thought. Combining my experience as the developmental evaluator for the NSF-GCR circular economy project, I cannot help but think that complexity science and convergence research are a match made in heaven…


WHEN COMPLEXITY SCIENCE MEETS CONVERGENCE RESEARCH PART 6

Developmental evaluation consultation with the team

Leading versus Lagging Indicators

So far we have collected two snapshots of the team’s social networks: in February and in August. Results from the social network data reveal information on the health of the team, just as results from a person’s annual physical exam reveal information about the person’s physical health. …

Gemma Jiang, PhD

Founding Director, Organizational Innovation Lab of University of Pittsburgh. Founding host, Pitt u.lab hub. Capacity builder for social transformation.

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