Compression Institute

  • Social Butterfly Effect

    This title is a mixed metaphor. Picture a social butterfly, flitting from person to person and group to group. Then picture the butterfly effect from chaos theory, “Can a butterfly flapping its wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?” Are these connectable? Yes. What do they have to do with promoting effective action […]

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  • Forming Issue Learning Groups

    Why do we need Issue Learning Groups, which we’ve called by other names: Action Learning Groups or Vigorous Learning Groups? Because we need to learn how to improve systems (or processes) on which we depend while reducing the level of resources we consume. No one can operationally address huge global issues like world hunger as […]

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  • Compression Institute

    Getting Our Act Together

    We had a board meeting on February 18. Like everyone, we had to work to avoid being sucked into the mire of finance and legalities, and concentrate on how to promote our mission. We did make a little progress. If you have not visited our reworked web page, please visit www.compression.org. Revisions will continue. Content […]

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  • Compression Institute Activity

    The Institute holds its first live board meeting on February 18, reviewing where we are going and how fast. We’re well aware of the uphill nature of our mission. Afterward, we intend to begin revving up activity to report regularly. In the meantime: Check out our revised Compression Institute web page. It’s a better vehicle […]

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  • Reinventing Business

    The challenge of the Compression Institute is to find adventurers willing to reinvent some basic concepts of business, for real – by actually doing. In effect, they would “put to sea” not in big cruise ships, but in little boats closer to reality. That’s what we’re looking for in Action Learning Groups. A cruise ship […]

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  • The Missing Link

    We issue environmental blurbs like many of our posts because those leading a normal life can’t keep up with the state of the earth. Full time environmentalists can’t keep up either. Compression refers to squeezing human consumption back within the limits of a finite earth supporting it. Compression also refers to the mental squeeze coping […]

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  • Action Learning Groups

    The mission of the Compression Institute is to create and support action learning groups to transform work organizations and communities using Compression Thinking. That is, we’re seeking how people at the action level can aggressively cope with a fast-changing world, learning by doing. Of course, we want people to learn how to think differently, but nothing […]

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  • Structuring Compression Thinking

    The Compression Institute is inching closer to feet-on-the ground experimentation. We’ve long harbored the idea of forming local learning groups that would foster real experiments doing more using less by real work organizations. By prevailing thinking, just volunteering to think about this is a somewhat gutsy move. Nonetheless, by March we would like to have […]

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  • Compression Institute Update

    The Institute has formed a board of directors: Doc Hall, Chairman; Jack Ward, V.P. Fund Raising; Dave Veech, V.P. Finance; Jason McVay, V.P. Operations; Marvin Klein, Founder of PortionPac Chemical; Wayne Lindholm, Pres. of Manskliga-Anden; Rusty Patterson, Chairman of NACFAM; Andrew Warrington, Pres. of Peerless Pump. As these names suggest, the Institute is comprised of people whose interest is in making things work. […]

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  • Compression Thinking Groups

    The mission of the institute is to create and support action learning groups to transform work organizations and communities using Compression Thinking. To appreciate the difficulty of this mission, reflect on it, which will begin your Compression Thinking. We’ve described action learning groups by a variety of names, like consortia. Let’s call them Compression Thinking […]

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  • Striking Against Ourselves

    September 8, 2011 The Compression Institute is crawling toward developing a movement unlike any known precedent. Organizing ourselves for vigorous learning within some legal framework is, from a human view, a bigger challenge than the global messes we seek to address. At any age, stepping up to a very different view of our purpose and […]

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  • Compression Institute Update

    Aug. 25, 2011 The Institute has been incorporated in Kentucky with the intent of qualifying as a 501(C)3 organization. We intend to abide by the spirit of B-Corporations, now legally recognized by five states as an entity legally dedicated to serving all stakeholders, not always the investors first. As a 501)C)3, that aspect is covered, […]

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