Creating New Realities in Tough Situations: An Interview with Adam Kahane
November 23, 2015
Hosted by David E. Goldberg
Recent events in France remind us of the large number of apparently intractable problems we face in today’s world. In this episode, host Dave Goldberg interviews Adam Kahane, Director of Reos Partners, and author of “Solving Tough Problems” and “Power and Love” to explore productive ways to promote solutions to difficult social problems. Perhaps best known for having facilitated the Mont Fleur Scenario Exercise in which a diverse group of South Africans worked together to effect the transition to democracy in the early 1990s, Adam works on dialogue-and-action around the world in a variety of troubling problem areas. Join Adam and Dave to better understand these new ways of talking, listening, scenario planning, and other process innovations that promote productive social change in difficult settings. Also, listen in to consider how these methods might be used to bring about more effective change in higher education and education more generally.
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Change is coming to higher education like a freight train, but transforming higher education is challenging, full of risks and opportunities for educators, students, workers, and employers, alike. Big Beacon Radio, Transforming Higher Education, with Dave Goldberg, helps you explore and understand the latest news and views. Hear about the latest innovations from cutting edge innovators as higher education remakes itself, in the United States and around the globe. Join Dave as he speaks with top guests, innovators, thought leaders, and movers and shakers, on an equal footing from his own experiences as a higher education transformation pioneer. Transforming higher education is complex, and the world of higher education is changing quickly. Stay on top.
David E. Goldberg
David E. Goldberg is a speaker, author, strategist, trainer, and coach for transforming higher education. Toward the end of a 27-year distinguished academic career in which Dave achieved renown for his path-breaking work on artificial intelligence, he founded the iFoundry incubator for educational change at the University of Illinois. iFoundry’s success in unleashing students was so startling, that in 2010, Dave resigned his tenure and a distinguished professorship to start ThreeJoy Associates, a change consulting, training and coaching firm for transforming higher education. Work at Illinois, Olin College, NUS (Singapore), UFMG (Brazil), and other innovators led to the development of the SmoothChange method for transforming higher education, featuring rapid innovation and respect for faculty governance.
In 2012, Dave founded Big Beacon as a non-profit organization for transforming higher education. Today, Big Beacon gathers students, innovators, and employers together to learn from each other and to advocate for transforming higher education. In 2014, he co-authored the groundbreaking book, “A Whole New Engineer: The Coming Revolution in Engineering Education,” available in hardcover and major e-book formats.
Dave maintains an active correspondence with many of the world’s top thought leaders in educational and organizational change. He is constantly on the lookout for new ideas, thinkers, and practices that lead to success in transforming higher education.