About

About The Allison Group

Every person and every organization matters. Now is the time to step up.

Foresight – Adaptation – Co-creation

Our vision

We believe that every organization and even every person can make a positive difference in our mutual futures.

And, it feels important, at this time, to say:

We believe in the human capacity to solve next-level challenges.* Our research supports this belief.

*Next-level challenges are those problems we created as by-products of our successes in a prior historical era.

Our mission

We help organizations and individuals step up by giving them a road map to social change and straightforward, potent tools for bringing their values to the future.

Don’t take our word for it…

“The Allison Group demonstrates that evolution can be natural and life affirming and that we can have confidence in the future.”

Dr. Cheryl O’Brien, Principal Vision for Inclusive Engineering Workforce

Among our values are:

  • Every person matters
  • Rigorous research balanced with skinned knee real-world experience
  • A practice of always teaching and always learning
  • Emergent strategy and failing forward
  • Autonomy coupled with conscious adaptation
  • Kindness
  • Beauty
  • Fun

Read about the research and experience underpinning our work…

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Mary Ann Allison, MBA, PhD, Founding Principal

  • Strategic direction
  • Develops the Dynamic Patterns in Social Change framework, model, and tools
  • Presents briefings and consults with clients around application implementation

Before founding this venture, Mary Ann led global emerging technology projects for Citibank and Avis Rent A Car, led a New York based international management consulting business, and taught Media Studies at Hofstra University. She has co-authored four books and was a New York City poet in residence. She serves on the board of the Idaho Humanities Council.

The Allison Group’s offerings are based primarily on the research and practical experience of its founder, Mary Ann Allison.

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Sheila Burnet Nedrow, BS, Principal

  • Strategic direction
  • Manages client presentation experiences

Sheila taught elementary school in rural Idaho for 35 years, focusing on the health and learning of the whole child. Committed to all of her students regardless of limiting circumstances, she learned how to enable or improve the reading skills of every student, as well as how to help children feel accepted and find delight in the world.

She brings this experience to support the Allison Group vision that every person is important and needed during this time of rapid social change.

Ideas, thought experiments, and models

Here are some of the things we are thinking about.

“That’s a deep fake:” Balancing power in the AI world

AI governance, Social Dynamics

Governing AI series:  Part 2 This article is Part 2 of a series about the power of using multiple methods of regulating AI.   This is not, for example, about the content of a law or a policy recommendation from an AI developer industry group.  It is about what types of governance have a chance of […]

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Better lives:  Using AI to transform ourselves and society

AI governance, Happiness, Participation, Social Dynamics

Governing AI series:  Part 3 This article is Part 3 of a series about the power of using multiple methods of regulating AI.   This is not, for example, about the content of a law or a policy recommendation from an AI developer industry group.  It is about what types of governance have a chance of […]

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Fool me once:  AI and the balance of power

AI governance, Social Dynamics

Governing AI series:  Part 1 This article is Part 1 of a series about the power of using multiple methods of regulating AI.   This is not, for example, about the content of a law or a policy recommendation from an AI developer industry group.  It is about what types of governance have a chance of […]

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