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A Letter


A Letter from Our Director.

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A Letter


A Letter from Our Director.

 

As someone whose career has spanned everything from circus performance to management consulting, I am constantly impressed by people. Individually, humans can be incredible learners, capable of resilience and adaptation; in well-organized teams, we can accomplish even more.

As a performer, I’ve always been a proponent of the spontaneous connections that take place when exceptional people come together. In early 2016, I had the pleasure of producing a day-long "Un-conference" on the Future of Work. Attendee enthusiasm was overwhelming, and I saw the need for an annual conference exploring work in the 21st Century. Thus, the Responsive Conference was born.

My goal for Responsive Conference 2017 is not just to talk about human development and organization change but to create a learning experience where we can embody these ideas. I am committed to making the entire process an experiment in culture, from the advisory board, to the production team, to the curation of presenters and attendees, to the experience of the conference itself.

I am thrilled to be entering our second year and look forward to sharing this experience with you.

Warmly,
Robin

 
 
 
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Meet the Team


2017 Organizing Team

Meet the producers, curators, and event organizers behind the 2nd Annual Responsive Conference. 

Meet the Team


2017 Organizing Team

Meet the producers, curators, and event organizers behind the 2nd Annual Responsive Conference. 

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Robin zander, Founder + director

Robin is a best-selling author, strategist, and performance coach. With a diverse background ranging from management consulting to the circus, he has spent his career working with individuals and companies to improve performance.

Robin runs the work design studio Spring Space, which helps teams adapt to rapid change. In 2016, Robin founded the Responsive Conference because he saw a need for an event in which participants and presenters gathered to explore how to build more resilient organizations. 

Robin speaks and leads groups internationally including  recent engagements at Brown University, Stanford University, Kaiser Permanente, and Singularity University.

Through his podcast, The Robin Zander Show, he interviews exceptional performers to understand how individuals and organizations can accelerate change.

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Elizabeth R. Salib, Ph.D., Producer

Elizabeth aims to disrupt current organizational norms by finding effective, evidence-based strategies of improving leadership and team processes. She specializes in addressing the middle layers of an organization through her work on cross-cultural inclusion, inclusive leadership, and workplace masculinities. Liz published a number of white papers with her colleagues at the nonprofit, Catalyst, and is a frequent speaker on the value and importance of inclusion for leaders and teams.

Liz earned her doctorate and master’s degree in Social Psychology at Rutgers University. She enjoys crocheting geeky things, knitting, and is an avid powerlifter.


 

Grace Moen, Producer

Grace is a writer and event producer who writes book reviews and about architecture for Luxe magazine. She has produced events for TEDxPortland, Health 2.0, Design Museum, Design Week Portland, Responsive Conference and more.

It’s the choreography of technical elements woven with educational content that gets her out of bed every day. She lives in Portland, Ore where you are likely to find her at the climbing gym.

 

 

Ellyn Kerr, Communications

Ellyn Kerr an industry researcher and behavior designer helping to create more-fulfilling workplaces and to improve performance. She works with talent leaders and teams to make enterprise initiatives successful.

Ellyn partners with in-house and delivery teams to figure out how to apply “future of work” principles and practices in specific work cultures. Her focus areas include performance management, leadership development and learning, and diversity and inclusion, and my research combines applied neuroscience, somatic psychology, and Integral theory. 

As part of the Responsive Conference team, Ellyn spearheads our marketing and communications efforts.  


Curatorial Support

 
 
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Get Responsive


Get Responsive

Host your own events in the spirit of Responsive.org

learn more about Responsive Org

Get Responsive


Get Responsive

Host your own events in the spirit of Responsive.org

learn more about Responsive Org

 

The Responsive Org Manifesto was created by a handful of humans who identified emerging trends in how work gets done.

A core tenet of the Responsive Org Movement and this conference is the sharing of information. In creating the Responsive Conference, we have had the support of many individuals and companies with new ideas and experiences. Paying it forward,, we are dedicated to helping others create their own Responsive Events.


#ResponsiveCoffee

Informal coffeeshop meet-ups for people to gather and discuss the various themes of being a #responsiveorg. 

 

 


Unconferences

Unconferences are events designed by attendees. Anyone can propose a talk or discussion format. Our community will come together to explore issues at the intersection of rapidly developing technologies, an evolving workforce hungry for meaning, and more access to novel solutions than ever before.

Some of the tools and methodologies we bring to the table include (but are not limited by) Responsive.org, Agile, LEAN, Holacracy, DevOps, DNI (Diversity and Inclusion), and Reinventing Organizations.

 
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Transparency


Everything Transparent

Transparency


Everything Transparent

 

One of the core tenets of Responsive Org is transparency. Companies like Buffer and others, have paved the way by publicly sharing all their information, including data like employee salaries and monthly earnings that are usually kept private. In this spirit, we do our best to make everything* about Responsive Conference available through our Public Google Drive.

We know of no other conference or event that shares all its information openly and transparently.

 

*Everything with one caveat — we've given sponsors the opportunity to keep private the amounts and exact terms of their sponsorship.