I finally recorded an introduction to one of the most asked-for workshops I never do: the 8-Shields Model.

The 8-Shields Model is a universal pattern based in natural systems. It can be used in many ways, including:

– a map for organizational design
– a checklist for events
– a flowchart for projects

With the 8-Shields Model, organizations can, among other things:

– integrate people’s diverse gifts into cohesive, effective teams
– clarify some important and confusing issues regarding consensus decision-making
– harness the tension between hierarchical and egalitarian approaches to organizational design and function

The Acorn Model as we use it today comes from renowned naturalist and teacher Jon Young, who learned it in its most basic form from Mohawk Chief Jake Swamp. (Jon gave me permission to teach it in 2005.)

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