Tackling Local and Regional Challenges

Information and inspiration for community groups

Proof of next-level problem solving

“Mary Ann’s framework is sheer genius and a must have for anyone committed to creating a better world. She offers a clear, brilliant model for us to navigate wild uncertainty and enter an unknown future with skillful intention and sanity.”

Anne Rose Hart, Executive Coach

Navigating constant intertwined problems can be exhausting. And the rate at which new problems now arise may be discouraging.

We showcase ways people have addressed evolving problems across historical eras. Because they validate human capabilities, these examples are refreshing and inspiring. Participants leave with informed confidence.

By identifying both problem pattern types and the characteristics of solutions, Mary Ann gives participants a toolkit for working with new types of problems.

Alliances of intention

Groups addressing local and regional challenges are often composed of organizations with structures, communication methods, and processes from a variety of historical eras. These super groups can be described as alliances of intention, groups naturally arising to address community problems.

Mary Ann will illustrate the dominant structure, work methods, communication, and governance from the eras most often encountered in alliances of intention today.

She will also cover the equally important, but less often discussed, changing ideas of definitions of truth, human identity, status, and group continuity that—when they are invisible—trip us up.

Skilled use of these distinctions reduces interpersonal and intergroup misunderstanding and conflict.

Everything, everywhere, all at once

Many of us are consciously or unconsciously waiting for the pace of change to slow down.

We use our model of Social Dynamics to show how local and regional problems:

  • are inextricably tied to the state of the world globally and
  • can be expected to increase in both speed and volume.

This reduces the friction of unrealistic expectations and can prompt personal care, leading to increased resilience.

The research firm, Ipsos, calls this polycrisis.

The two views of social change

Do either of these responses to social change resonate with you?

  • I want some of the cool new things!
  • I want to retreat to the wilderness!

Most of us respond in both ways, depending on the day and on the situation. Learning to identify the patterns of social change can provide a place to stand and a model for taking action.


Got questions about what kind of speaking we can provide? Have a look at our faqs or get in touch below.

All of our briefings and presentations are tailored to your situation. Briefings are typically between three to six hours. Length depends on the objectives and the group size. Workshops include more hands-on application than briefings

It takes a little over an hour to walk through the core model. We almost always recommend doing this first. Learning and inspiration occur more naturally when the introduction is not compressed.

The core model can stand alone, can be the first part of the half to three-quarter day briefing, or can be the first in a series of two or more presentations-quarter day briefing, or can be the first in a series of two or more presentations.

Yes. We will be happy to provide support to help you deepen understanding, learn by doing, and gather momentum.

Yes, in some cases. Let’s talk about what is prompting you to ask.


Yes, it can be very effective to hold a deep-dive session the day after a presentation.

We also meet with leaders or implementation groups to help maintain momentum. Frequency depends on your objectives. We can meet monthly for three to six months. Or support an annual assessment session.

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