In Context: AI-Enhanced Strategies for Social Sector Evolution

Josh LeonardCognitive, In Context, Integrative Metatheory, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Leadership, Perspectives, Video

Robb Smith is joined by Josh Leonard to explore together how IAM’s new AI-augmented mental model software, Context, can support Josh’s work as a social sector consultant, specifically in a project Josh is leading with the YMCA of San Francisco to revamp their leadership development program.

Robb and Josh explore multiple lenses in Context, including (click each link to open in a new tab):

  • the Strategy Lens, allowing you to build strategies to tackle any goal, context, or issue in diverse ways,
  • the Value Proposition Canvas, helping you to quickly map the value propositions of any product (or product category) to different target markets based on their Goals, Pains (they feel) and Gains (they could achieve with the product),
  • the Integral Methodological Pluralism Lens, which allows you to analyze any topic through the 8 zones of a comprehensive academic pluralism,
  • The Perspective Taking Lens, which helps you take the perspectives of any person or entity within a topic,
  • the Theory of Change Map, which offers short, medium, and long-term outcome pathways and their associated interventions.
  • the Lines Lens, a custom template that shows how a topic is framed by the multiple intelligences available to human beings,
  • the Critical Realism Lens, which suggests how a given topic might be viewed through Critical Realism’s commitment to provide foundational support to scientific and social processes.

Robb and Josh discuss how nonprofit organizations develop through stages, the benefits of taking first and second-person points of view when mapping a context, and how an integral perspective can expand the comprehensiveness of theories of change. Perhaps most importantly, they demonstrate how an integrative epistemology tool like Context can be a game changer in the field of organizational leadership and development.

Key Questions:

Here are some questions you can contemplate while listening to this discussion. We suggest you take some time to use these as journaling prompts.

  • Integrative Complexity & Polarities: How do I currently approach complex issues? Do I tend to lean towards one side of a polarity, or do I strive to integrate multiple perspectives?
  • Utilizing Technology for Insight:How do I currently use technology or tools to aid in my understanding of complex topics? Are there ways I might be underutilizing technology to deepen my insights?
  • Holistic Approaches: When faced with a problem, do I consider both the individual and systemic factors at play? How might I expand my view to incorporate both?
  • Emotional & Relational Factors: How do my emotions and relationships influence my understanding of issues? Am I open to the emotions and perspectives of others?
  • Value of Diversity & Inclusion: How do I incorporate values of diversity and inclusion in my decision-making? Do I truly value diverse perspectives, or do I merely pay lip service to them?
  • Decision-making Challenges: How do I navigate the challenges of decision-making, especially when striving for inclusivity? Do I prioritize speed or thoroughness?
  • Role of Theory & Practice: How do I balance theoretical knowledge with practical application in my work or studies? Do I lean more towards one over the other?
  • Impact of Organizational Capability: How does the capability of an organization influence its strategy and execution? Do I consider the broader organizational context when making decisions?

Related Polarities

Here are some of the most critical polarities to consider while listening to this broadcast.

The polarity between Holistic View and Detailed Analysis represents the tension between seeing the big picture and diving deep into the specifics. Navigating the balance between a Holistic View and Detailed Analysis is crucial in our quest for understanding. This polarity is foundational to how we approach problems, make decisions, and interpret the world around us. By effectively managing this balance, we ensure that our perspectives are both comprehensive and precise, allowing for well-informed actions and decisions.
The Holistic View is about seeing the bigger picture. It emphasizes understanding contexts, overarching themes, and the broader implications of situations. This perspective is essential for strategic thinking, as it helps us identify patterns, anticipate future trends, and understand the broader implications of our actions. By adopting a holistic view, we ensure that our decisions and actions are aligned with larger goals and that we’re not missing out on important contextual information.
In contrast, Detailed Analysis focuses on the specifics. It’s about breaking down complex situations into their constituent parts to understand each element’s role and significance. This approach is vital for tasks that require precision, for understanding the nuances of situations, and for ensuring that no detail is overlooked. By emphasizing detailed analysis, we can make informed decisions based on a thorough understanding of all relevant factors.

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Polarities represent the inherent tensions present in every situation, from individual beliefs to social challenges to global dynamics. Learning how to recognize and integrate these polarities can transform conflicts into opportunities for growth, moving us closer to integral understanding and skillful action. Each week you can explore new maps that delve into specific polarities, offering a path toward greater integration and balance in your life and in your world.

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Josh Leonard

About Josh Leonard

Josh Leonard is a seasoned social impact organizational leader with more than two decades of real-world experience developing strategy, culture, programs, and leaders through an integral lens. He brings 10+ years of executive leadership with the YMCA and the Institute for Cultural Evolution to bear on the emerging challenges organizations face today in grappling with the complexity of the 21st century. Josh is a developmental leader who is adept at facilitating growth in individuals, teams, and organizations to achieve their goals for impact.

Robb Smith

About Robb Smith

Robb Smith is a leading thinker on the Transformation Age and the global Integral movement. He is the creator of the augmented leadership platform Context, co-founder and CEO of Integral Life and founder of the Institute of Applied Metatheory.