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Moneyball – A Lesson in Social Artistry

March 17th, 2012

Background:

Michele Martin (The Bamboo Project) and I are hosting the Social Artistry Virtual Knowledge Cafe. We have over 50 people from around the world join our nine week virtual cafe. Through our exploration and shared learning we hope that as practitioners we can discover some common threads that will enhance our our work with communities and groups.

Here is how Dr. Jean Huston describes social artistry.

Social artistry is) the art of enhancing human capacities in the light of social complexity. It seeks to bring new ways of thinking, being and doing to social challenges in the world.

…Social Artists are leaders in many fields who bring the same order of passion and skill that an artist brings to his or her art form, to the canvas of our social reality.

Etienne Wenger says that social artistry is:

knowing how to use who you are as a vehicle for opening spaces for learning. . .it’s about being able to use who I am to take my community to a new level of learning and performance.

I was struck by how the movie Moneyball, had so many social artistry themes in the story. So to unpack my reflections, I wrote up how I saw social artistry skills and attributes at work within the movie.

Moneyball – A Lesson in Social Artistry

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