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Alan Kay's Blog (13)

From the other Alan Kay

From the other Alan Kay, the scientist (invent the future), Making things simple . A way to make solutions happen

Added by Alan Kay on February 27, 2011 at 12:22 — No Comments

SOLWorld Toronto

September 23 - 25 September, 2011
Hart House, University of Toronto , Toronto, ON
Website, programme and RFP coming soon
Facebook page
North America's second SOLWorld conference.

Added by Alan Kay on February 15, 2011 at 0:57 — 2 Comments

Google on the ropes? Zappos the best ever? Neither. One uses organizational planning. How’s that relevant to my organization?

In my efforts to talk about issues organizations face and then weave SF into the conversation (vs weaving client issues into the SF conversation) I posted this blog. I mention this one because I have seen a lot of managers - usually the younger ones - who realize that organizational planning isn't something that gets done to them by HR or OD, but a strategic issue that ties in with strategic and operational planning.…


Added by Alan Kay on December 7, 2010 at 11:14 — No Comments

Problem Focused Organizations: looking for a solution

I'll shortly publish a book (a somewhat thin affair, but of substance). The theme of the book is that organizations need to rid themselves of problem focus.

Not very solution focused I hear you say. Yes, but the message is for managers in organizations who want an additional tool to help them deal with change, planning etc.

Hence, the 'positioning' around problems. An attention getter!

My opening shot on the theme is in this blog post:…


Added by Alan Kay on November 13, 2010 at 22:06 — 4 Comments

A note to Michael Klingenstierna Hjerth

Michael, delighted to hear from you. I'm also delighted to hear about what you are doing to make SF 2.0 come to life. I have have long practiced using solution focus blended with other approaches, but on on a more prosaic basis, e.g., change management. I’ve been a fan of the folks at for a long time. I often use their ideas and build in SF elements. If I have a client issue, e.g., a client-supplier issue they… Continue

Added by Alan Kay on October 16, 2010 at 13:46 — No Comments

Paul Z Jackson on Solution Focus Applications #1

Paul Jackson and Alan Kay talk at the SOL Summer Retreat in Passugg, Switzerland about Solution Focus applications that work for his clients

Paul Jackson on Solution Focus Applications #1 from alankay1 on Vimeo.

Added by Alan Kay on October 5, 2010 at 20:55 — No Comments

10 Ways to Create Your Blogging Persona

Great advice for those thinking of a blog

The only thing I'd add is, make sure that which you write about is something the reader can use, e.g.,…


Added by Alan Kay on September 13, 2010 at 4:12 — No Comments

SF applications success - working for the client organization.

The words of the client (from Linkedin): "Alan Kay has been training our staff on using Solutions Focus methods and the results have been amazing. Today he returned for a refresher, with our staff teaching new staff who had not been through the program. It was a stimulating day. We realized how much we learned two years ago, and how significantly the principles of Solutions Focus have become truly integrated into the fibre of our organization. Most meaningfully, we are all using Solutions Focus… Continue

Added by Alan Kay on September 2, 2010 at 23:54 — 2 Comments

SFCT annual general meeting, 2010

The SFCT board and a number members met near Frankfurt to share succeses, plan forward and have… Continue

Added by Alan Kay on August 28, 2010 at 18:01 — No Comments

The Solution Focus applications movement – beyond the theory:

Solutions focus (SF) has been around for 30 years, possibly longer. First, in the world of family therapy and more recently in

organizations. Deeply researched it is an approach to help people find ways to

move beyond things they believe are preventing them from making progress, i.e.,

when they are stuck. One of the unique aspects of SF is that the client is in

charge of the change – the changes they want to make.…


Added by Alan Kay on August 20, 2010 at 11:40 — No Comments

7 Ways to Dramatically Improve Stakeholder Consultations Using Solutions Focus

Stakeholder consultations using SF are a powerful way to align communities and create strategy.

Added by Alan Kay on May 31, 2010 at 13:51 — No Comments




Jumpstart into Solution Focus

You want to learn more about "Solution Focus"?

You prefer a "step by step" introduction instead to start with reading some
voluminous books?

You would appreciate to have a complete "helicopter view" on SF after the first step…


Created by Hans-Peter Korn Dec 25, 2009 at 10:25am. Last updated by Mark McKergow Nov 3, 2014.

Making the most of

If you’ve just arrived at (the SOLWorld ning group), you may be looking at all the features and wondering where to start.  This note might be helpful…



Created by Mark McKergow Jun 3, 2008 at 4:55pm. Last updated by Jesper H Christiansen Aug 22, 2017.

Open Space at SOLworld conferences

SOLworld Open Space instructions as it was used at the 2011 conference, by Mark McKergow


Created by Katalin Hankovszky Dec 30, 2015 at 10:18pm. Last updated by Katalin Hankovszky Dec 30, 2015.

SOLWorld Resources

Welcome to the SOLWorld Resources section.  This part of the site features information about the SOLWorld network, our past events and materials from our previous website.  It will take some time to update all the information, so thanks for your patience. 

Information in this part of the site is 'read-only'.  If you want to start discussions, please go to the Forum or Groups. …


Created by Mark McKergow May 12, 2008 at 4:08pm. Last updated by Mark McKergow Dec 2, 2022.

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