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The Weave - Participatory Process Design Guide for Strategic Sustainable Development

Hello friends,

After a most amazing year in grad school in Sweden, I'm happy to share the results of our thesis research with you. It was your input 'woven' together with the framework for strategic sustainable development that inspired this work. My thesis partners, Alison and Steven Cretney, and I are honored by your generosity and wisdom, so willingly shared during our research. We hope this resource is useful, and invite your continued input, as we see this as the first version of an on-going journey of collective discovery. While the topic is specific to sustainability, the design template can apply to many contexts.


There are 3 ways to access it:

Download the practitioner's guide, The Weave, at

or buy a copy of the printed book at

or get the full thesis research document, which includes a brief explanation of the sustainability framework at:*


A heartfelt thank you to all who contributed to The Weave:
Sarah Brooks (TNS-Canada), Richard Blume (TNS-International, Sweden), Dr. Phil Cass (Columbus Medical Association, USA), Tamara Connell (MSLS Programme Director, Sweden), Dave Cook (TNS-International Board, Sweden), Chris Corrigan (Harvest Moon Consultants, Canada), Augusto Cuginotti (MSLS alumnus, UK), Maura Dilley (MSLS alumna, USA), Eric Ezechieli (TNS-Italy), Martin Hunt (Forum for the Future, UK), Yurie Makihara (MSLS alumna, Japan), Matthieu Kleinschmager (European Commission, Belgium), Jeff Leinaweaver (TNS-US Associate), Pong Leung (TNS-Canada), Matt Mayer (MSLS alumnus, Canada), Karin Miller (TNS-Canada), Merlina Missimer (MSLS staff), Toke Paludan Møller (AoH Co-founder, Denmark), Jan Hein Nielsen (AoH Co-founder, Denmark), Monica Nissén (AoH Co-founder, Denmark), Stanley Nyoni (TNS-Switzerland), Freek Van der Pliujm (TNS-Netherlands), Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt (TNS Founder/MSLS Programme Founder), Åsa Stenborg (TNS-International, Sweden), Kara Stonehouse (TNS-Canada), Pablo Villoch (MSLS alumnus, Chile), Dave Waldron (Synapse Strategies, Canada), Dr. Laura Weisel (TLP Group, USA), Bob Willard (TNS-Canada Board/Sustainability Advantage), Tenneson Woolf (Berkana Institute, USA), along with many survey respondents from the AoH and TNS communities.

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Comment by Tracy Meisterheim on July 31, 2011 at 12:37pm
Thanks for your kind words, Kevin! I hope you find it useful, and if you do use the template, please let us know what worked, what didn't, what emerged for you, so that 'version 2' can be even more informed. I'm originally from IL (Freeport), currently living in MN, so perhaps our paths will cross at a training someday soon.
Comment by Kevin A. Johnson on July 31, 2011 at 10:18am
This is both elegant and comprehensive.  For me, it made sense of the interplay between the methodologies and offered some "big picture" perspective.  Thanks so much for sharing this!

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