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George Pór, Margaret McIntyre, Michael McMaster, Etienne Wenger

George Pór George Pór, gpor@co-i-l.com

George is the founder and senior consultant of Community Intelligence Labs (CoIL), the home of advanced, client-driven action-research into mobilizing the collective intelligence of teams, web-enabled communities, and global enterprises.

His research and consulting specialty is boosting organizational health and effectiveness with a unique combination of systems thinking, self-organizing corporate knowledge ecologies, executive coaching, web-based group productivity tools, and a passion for balance and wholeness at the workplace.

 For more on George, read his bio.
 Clients, Presentations, Publications


Margaret McIntyre Margaret McIntyre, margmci@home.com

I'm an independent management consultant interested in helping top executives think collaboratively and more effectively using principles from strategic thinking, complex adaptive systems, systems thinking, organizational learning, human dynamics, change management, high performing coaching, cognition, the philosophy of langauge and ontological coaching.

Prior to starting my own practice, I was an associate with McKinsey & Company helping top management of Fortune 500 companies with strategic, operational and organizational issues. I have also been an associate of GKA, Inc. a boutique consulting firm associated with MIT's systems thinking and organizational learning group.

Clients have included Fortune 500 corporations such as BellSouth Leadership Institute, the senior management team of Ford Motor Company's Process Leadership and Information Technology, Pepsi-Cola Corporation, Kmart, and a home-building division of Weyerhauser. I have facilitated team building and partnering sessions for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games as well as the Army Corps of Engineers. I have also worked with entrepreneurial companies such as a clothing manaufacturer, a design-build commercial builder, a steel distributor, a harbor cruise company and a database information provider for law firms, among others.

Personally, I currently enjoy photography, painting, dancing, tai chi, community learning and my five and a half year old niece.


Michael McMaster Michael McMaster, mdmcmas@ibm.net Michael McMaster has been consulting to large corporations for 25 years on how to transform organization. He has explored many fields for their relevance to this intention. In the last eight years, he has been developing the applications of theories of complex adaptive systems to organizations. This development has been with members of the Santa Fe Institute and Mike has written two books regarding application of this theory. They are "The Intelligence Advantage" and "The Praxis Equation".

He has held international seminars with the principle figures of SFI, conducted workshops, spoken at conferences and, most importantly, worked closely with executive teams to create pragmatic results from these theories.

In the past few years, Mike has worked with George Por on the formulations of knowledge ecology and its communities. He has also jointly developed tools for solving complex issues using new technology.

His recent work has gathered all of the above into a powerful approach to transform large corporate entities into entrepreneurial organizations. He is constantly developing new ideas and practices that impact the results of large organizations.


Etienne Wenger Etienne Wenger, Ph.D. etienne@ewenger.com
P.O. Box 810
North San Juan, CA 95960
Tel. (530) 292-9222
Fax (530) 292-9229  

Etienne Wenger is a globally recognized thought leader in the field of learning theory and its application to business. He is a pioneer of the "community of practice" research. After working as a teacher for many years, he got a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence from the University of California at Irvine, and joined the Institute for Research on Learning, where he developed a new learning theory centered on the concept of community of practice.
This framework places learning at the intersection of community, shared practice, identity, and meaning. It has a wide range of implications for the design of organizational, technological, and educational systems. These systems can be understood as learning architectures: they can be analyzed and designed in terms of the social facilities they offer for mutual engagement in practice, for the negotiation of meaning, and for the construction of identities.
It is commonplace to say that people are the most important resource in organizations; but it is less common to understand this truism in terms of the forms of participation that best enable us to act and develop ourselves as knowledgeable contributors. That is why it is crucial to treat organizations as constellations of interconnected communities and to understand and support the processes by which learning communities evolve and interact.
Etienne is the author of three books:

  • Artificial intelligence and tutoring systems: cognitive and computational approaches to the communication of knowledge. (Morgan Kaufmann, 1987)
  • Situated learning: legitimate peripheral participation (Cambridge University Press, 1991, with anthropologist Jean Lave)
  • Communities of practice: learning, meaning, and identity. (Cambridge University Press, 1998)
He is now an independent consultant, researcher, writer, and speaker. He works with people interested in developing new kinds of organizational, technological, and educational designs that focus on the synergy between learning and community. He helps organizations apply these ideas through consulting, workshops, and public speaking

 


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