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To learn more, receive progress reports, and make requests, please contact

Linda DeWolf, President, VHA Health Foundation

(972) 830-0224

ldewolf@vha.com

Keith McCandless, Social Invention Group

(206) 324-9332

keithmccandless@earthlink.net  

* Many thanks to Brianna Van Ness for creative thinking and editing assistance.

References:

[1] Doblin Group research, Business Week Online, August 2005.

[2] Rogers, Everett.  The Diffusion of Innovations (New York: Free Press) 1995.

[3] Weick, Karl.  Sensemaking in Organizations, (Thousand Oaks, CA; Sage) 1995

[4] Stacey, R. D. Complex Responsive Processes in Organizations:  Learning and Knowledge Creation (New York: Routledge) 2001. Zimmerman, Brenda, Lindberg, Curt, and Plsek, Paul. Edgeware: insights from complexity science for health care leaders (Irving, Texas: VHA. Inc.) 1998. Wenger, Etienne. Communities of Practice, (Cambridge University Press) 1999.  

[5] This is a phrase used by Jerry Sternin, Positive Deviance guru, to describe the process of change among community members applying Positive Deviance. In contrast to the dominant paradigm, thinking your way into new behaviors, the cause-and-effect are flipped.  

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