“Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert. We benefitted greatly from George’s large know-how on creating and nurturing communities of practices. He helped us in the conception and development of the strategic planning Community of Practice at the European Commission with competence, wisdom, and a smile. We learned a lot from him, including his unique way of being fully present in all circumstances, and we continue tapping on this knowledge in spreading a more participatory culture in the organisation.”

Policy Analyst,
The European Commission

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“I always knew that none of us is as smart as all of us. I built my value propositions around that key idea and its practical implications for organisation design, innovation, culture change, communities of practice, and just about any client assignment that I worked on. After reconsidering the idea, I don’t think that collective intelligence (defined as our collective cognitive faculties) is enough to meet the interwoven, complex challenges towering over organisations and societies. The key is to awaken our collective wisdom.”

George is an evolutionary mentor and strategic learning partner to future-responsive leaders in business, government and civil society, in matters of radical innovation & resilience, inter-sector collaboration, collective intelligence & wisdom, communities of practice, “wildfire learning” & capability development.

He is also a community architect for global, multi-stakeholder events, who integrates electronic, knowledge, and social process tools into a coherent, well-crafted whole of online and on-site work sessions. George’s own life’s journey enabled him to combine European values with American “can do” spirit and ancient wisdom traditions. He brings them to bear on the assignments he works on.

George is based in the UK.

SPECIALITIES & PASSIONS

  • Design collaborative Learning Expeditions, “deep dives,” to the uncharted territories of the future, as it emerges from the now, around multi-stakeholder issues
  • Help organisations developing and implementing new ways to organize work and learning, using the full power of social media, social learning, and social technologies
  • Design an Innovation Architecture for events, organisations, movements, professional networks, and business ecosystems
  • Design knowledge gardens that co-evolve with their collective user communities

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Over 30 years of experience working with clients such as Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, European Commission, European Foundation for Management Development, European Investment Bank, Gulf Canada, Hewlett-Packard, INSEAD, Intel, Procter & Gamble, Shell International, Siemens, Sun Microsystems, Swiss Re, and Unilever.
  • Founder of Community Intelligence, a 9 year old consultancy that strengthens authentic connection between people to realize the next level of collective potential.
  • Co-founder of the Commons Learning Alliance
  • Serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Knowledge Management

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Masters in Sociology
  • Former Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the INSEAD Centre for Advanced Learning technologies, and Research Fellow in the Complexity Group at the London School of Economics
  • Senior practitioner in the social technologies of Art of Hosting and World Café
  • Experienced practioner in the following:
    • Committed Communication
    • U Process
    • Spiral Dynamics
    • Evolutionary Enlightenment
    • Systems Thinking
    • Management Cybernetics

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