Dave Gray (USA)

portrait of Dave Gray

Dave wrote two pioneering books about about design, change, and innovation. Gamestorming, “a playbook for innovators, rule-breakers and change-makers,” is a subversive book that helps us make change from the bottom up. His second book, The Connected Company (Amazon UK) is a strategic blueprint for businesses who want to innovate and lead in the new connected economy.

Dave works with business leaders to help them design more flexible, innovative organisations. He’s passionate about creating sustainable change in complex social systems. He helps groups work together to visualise complex challenges, making them easier to see, share, and solve, so that we can move our ideas and our organisations forward. Dave founded XPLANE, the visual thinking company, which was acquired by the Dachis Group in 2010. Follow Dave on twitter and check out his website.

Culture and Change

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More than half of change initiatives fail to achieve their objectives. Most of these initiatives fail because they don’t adequately understand the organisation’s culture and potential for resisting the change.

Illustration: culture stops change initiatives

Dave will talk about the importance of culture, and provide a method that anyone can use to map and understand the culture of a team, group or organisation.

Having a map of your culture will help you understand what’s possible and what’s not possible. What aspects of the culture can be changed, and what aspects might be too difficult to tackle. Like any map, it will help you discover hidden opportunities and identify threats before it’s too late.

Who’s behind this?

At Together London we organise events to help you change your organisation. We’re here to make Dare Conference a safe space where everyone is treated with respect. Reach us at info@dareconf.com or Together London.

Jonathan Kahn

Jonathan Kahn

organiser
@lucidplot
David Caines

David Caines

branding and illustration
@salon16
Rhiannan Walton

Rhiannan Walton

co-organiser
@RhiannanW
Daniel Howells

Daniel Howells

digital design
@howells
Sara Wachter-Boettcher

Sara Wachter-Boettcher

content strategy
@sara_ann_marie