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Robert M. Kenny
Introduction:     Dr. Robert M. Kenny is Fellow of the Fetzer Institute and teaches at the California Institute of Integral Studies. His research interests include collective wisdom and collaborative creativity..
Biography (As it appears on the website of the California Institute of Integral Studies):
Robert Kennys research interests are collective wisdom, collaborative creativity, shared leadership and leaderful teams, reflective practice in teams and organizations, and the relationship between diversity and team wisdom. He is a member of the Adjunct Faculty at CIIS, where he teaches Transformative Ways of Relating. He is a Fellow of the Fetzer Institute, a private, nonprofit operating foundation, which sponsors research on cutting-edge topics.
Robert is the founder of Leaderful Teams Organizational Consulting, specializing in executive coaching, leadership development, and the building of creativity and wisdom in teams and organizations. Robert and his wife, Julie Glover, run Bluff House Retreats, where they design and facilitate individual and team leadership and visioning retreats, and help teams learn to work with collective wisdom and creativity.
Prior to beginning his consulting work and teaching, Robert worked for 30 years in nonprofit and business organizations; in managerial and executive positions at the Federal Reserve Bank; Deloitte, Touche & Kohmatsu; Citicorp; and the International Center for Integrative Studies (ICIS), where he coled a comprehensive youth development program and community health and mental health center.
Through the High Tor Alliance for Community and Organizational Renewal, a nonprofit association of more than 20 organizational consultants, Robert has cofacilitated the Leaders Dialogue Project. The project has involved a nationwide, applied research program, together with dialogue and training programs regarding the impact of reflective practice upon team and organizational effectiveness, productivity, and creativity.
Robert is writing a book, Change Your Work, Change Your Life: The Transformative Power of Reflective Practice and Inspired Action. The book contains exercises and processes designed to enable individuals, teams, and organizations to introduce reflective practice in their workplaces and to achieve greater balance in their work, family, and community lives.
Articles and Papers Available Online:
of Collective Consciousness
Calling Out Our Potential:
The Synergy of Collective Effort
What Can Science Tell
Us About Collective Consciousness?
Kenny, R. M. (1987). Elliott Jaques Stratified Systems Theory: A review and critique. Unpublished masters thesis, New York University, Stern Graduate School of Business, New York, NY.
Kenny, Robert M. (1992).
Reflections on group consciousness and synergy. ICIS FORUM, 22 (2), 3-11.
Kenny, R.M. (Facilitator). (1993, August). Team effectiveness, group consciousness, and individual psychological development. Invited workshop presentation at the Celebration of Community Conference, co-sponsored by the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), Olympia, WA. Available audiotape.
Kenny, R.M. (Facilitator). (1993, August). Decision-making tools: How to build consensus in teams. Invited workshop presentation at the Celebration of Community Conference, co-sponsored by the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), Olympia, WA. Available audiotape.
Kenny, R. M. (1994). Community-building by M. Scott Peck, M.D.: A critique. ICIS FORUM, 24 (1), 37-58.
Kenny, R. M. (Facilitator). (1994, August). Psychological development and team building. Invited workshop presentation at the Annual Conference of the Association for Transpersonal Psychology (ATP), Asilomar, CA. Available audiotape.
Kenny, R. M. (Speaker). (1995, August). Maturation, psychospiritual development, and Pecks community-building model: A critique. Sidney M. Jourard Division 32 (Humanistic Psychology) Award paper, presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association (APA), Chicago, IL.
Kenny, R. M. (Speaker). (1995, September). Community-building and human development. Invited presentation at the New York Conference on Social Research, New York, NY.
Kenny, R.M. (1996). Creative collaboration and human development: A case study. Unpublished paper, Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center, San Francisco, CA.
Kenny, R.M. (Facilitator). (1996, November). Team creativity and individual development. Invited workshop presentation at the Common Boundarys 16th Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. Available audiotape.
Kenny, R.M. (1997, August). Creative collaboration and human development: A case study. Invited paper presentation at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (APA), Chicago, IL.
Kenny, R. M. (1998). Creative collaboration: The untapped resource of synergy. Unpublished doctoral candidacy essay, Saybrook Graduate School and Research Institute, San Francisco, CA.
Kenny, R.M. (Speaker). (1998, October). Building healthy and sustainable communities. Invited presentation at the New York Open Centers Conference on Sustainable Societies, New York, NY. Available audiotape.
Kenny, R.M. (Speaker). (1999, June). Collective relationships: The challenging, yet golden, road to spiritual development. Invited paper presentation at the semi-annual colloquium of Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center, San Francisco, CA.
Kenny, R. M. (1999, Fall). Spread leadership! Yes! A Journal of Positive Futures, 39.
Kenny, R.M. (2000, January). Developing leaderful groups. The Co-Intelligence Institute. Available: www.co-intelligence.org or via email .
Kenny, R. M. (2000, Summer). Creating community. Communities Magazine, 23-25.
Kenny, R. M., in collaboration with Glover, J. R. (2001). Calling out our potential: Developing collective wisdom and team synergy: With reflections on our collective future. Kalamazoo, MI: The Fetzer Institute. http://www.collectivewisdominitiative.org/papers/glover_callingout.htm.
Kenny, R.M. (2001, June [excerpts], and 2000, May [full interview]). The chalice of community: An interview of Robert Kenny. Online Noetic Network. Available transcript: www.wisdomtalk.org or via email .
Kenny, R. M. (2002, Summer). Developing collaborative, creative and ethical leadership through the use of reflective practice. Newsletter of the Pacific Northwest Organizational Development Network, 6.
Kenny, R. M. (Facilitator). (2003, September). The transformative power of collective practice, wisdom and inspired action in organizations and communities (Conference Recording Services, Inc., Cassette Recording No. 051, http://www.conferencerecording.com/newevents/awa23.htm, 510-527-3600). Invited workshop presentation at the Annual Conference of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), presented in collaboration with the Association for Global New Thought (AGNT), Palm Springs, CA.
Kenny, R. M. (2003, October). Inspiring creativity and sustainability through reflective practice. Workshop presented at the annual conference of the Organizational Development Network (ODN), Portland, OR. Proceedings available at http://www.odnetwork.org/conf2003/proceedings/index.html or via email .
Kenny, R. M. (Facilitator). (2004, March). Building Individual and Organizational Creativity, Collaboration, Vision and Leadership Through Reflective Practice. Invited workshop presentation at the monthly meeting of the Pacific Northwest Organizational Development Network (PNODN). Seattle, WA.
Kenny, R. M. (May-July, 2004, pp. 79-80). The science of collective consciousness: A summary. What Is Enlightenment?, 25.
Kenny, R. M. (In press). Change your work, change your life: The transformative power of reflective practice and inspired action. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler.
Kenny, R. M. (In press). Creative collaboration and human development: When the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. In A. Montuori & R. Purser (Eds.) (In press), Social creativity (Vol. 3). Creskill, NJ: Hampton Press.
Kenny, R. M. (In press). Creating healing teams, organizations and societies. In M. Schlitz & T. Amarok (Eds.), Consciousness and healing: Integral approaches to mind-body medicine. New York: Churchill Livingston/Elsevier Science Limited.