We share the Tipu Ake
ki te Ora Lifecycle - an easily applied, and action
focused leadership model that exploits Kiwi style teamwork.
It provides new tools for organisations that wish to
grow into dynamic living entities, rather than just
behaving like machines. See our summary paper Living Systems Thinking - Leadership Tools for Growing Living Organisations and Communities that thrive in a world of complexity , also our paper on Lifelong Learning - Nature's Way and the Tipu Ake Rugby Scrum team learning metaphors and lessons.
- Tipu Ake is an organic project / program model that helps us
operate in a world of complexity, chaos, interdependency
and ambiguity. It embraces international leadership
model thinking; see supporting
stories, feedback from users and Tipu Ake Blogs.
It supports best practices for sustainability and management. (It maps onto the Cynefin Framework that illuminates the simple, complicated, complex, chaotic and disorder domains that life requires us to work across)
- It is a cyclic behavioural model that can help any
innovative organisation, community, project, group, team, or even
a family or individual that needs to make new things
happen. It is at the the roots of lifelong learning
- Tipu Ake is a form of Biomimicry - Learning to thrive in a world of complexity and inter-dependence by taking lessons from Nature in the Whirinaki Rainforest
- It was inspired by the self-transformation
stories of Te Whaiti School.
Here a pro-active underemployed Maori community called on its own internal strength and traditional
wisdom to grow its school from failure and imminent
closure to the top of its class. See videoclip.
- Their unique processes were captured after the event
as the Tipu Ake Lifecycle by a team of volunteers from
Te Whaiti, the Auckland University of Technology (AUT)
and other NZ organisations. Student teams at AUT and
other volunteers around the world continue to work together
on a range of innovative projects to help them share
it. The model was prototyped on pioneering workshops at AUT and is now part of Living Systems Thinking workshops delivered in
New Zealand and alsewhere.
- Its full name is Tipu Ake ki te Ora (growing from within,
ever upwards towards wellbeing). It is generously shared
with the world, dedicated to the wellbeing of all its
future grandchildrens. Anyone can download it, (including a Powerpoint presentation with French and Estonian translations.).
- All intellectual property associated with
Tipu Ake will continue to remain for all time at the
place of its origin, Te Whaiti Nui-a-Toi. The children and people there
are its Kaitiaki (Guardians). Acknowledgement is by koha (a gift in return based on its value to you).
If you are interested in organisational or community development, living organisations,
/visioning, program / portfolio management, project
offices and organic program leadership, then see how
the Te Whaiti school and Community are connecting with others internationally to share and apply
radical Tipu Ake thinking on their Kaitiakitanga (Sustainability)
Program at www.kaitiakitanga.net,
protecting their culture and rainforest. The school now has a radical research project underway to help all better understand the value of ecosysytem services that rainforests provide to support life on our planet
Members of the Kaitiakitanga network presenting Tipu Ake at overseas conferences in 2004-5 established important international links. This resulted in them bringing sustainable development guru Hunter Lovins to New Zealand in 2006 to facilitate public forums where many young New Zealanders shared the stage with her, reflecting on: Learning from Nature, Smart Environments, Smart Agriculture, Smart Communities, Smart Cities, Smart Business, Smart Economy, Smart Learning. Download video on each. See also what young Kiwi's found on their 2007 learning journey to the US. Watch Kiwi youth with Michael Braungart on "Redesigning our Future" - a Cradle to Cradle design forum. Read about the Hikoi - Maori learning /sharing journey to Bioneers 2008. Find out about forums with David Bellamy
on conservation and Norbert Hoeller and Megan Schuknecht on Biomimicry
Tipu Ake values/ behaviours that grow strong Ohu (teams that volunteer energy)
When we focus on outcomes, nothing is a barrier
We have no room around here for matapiko (stingy) gatekeepers
Sense what is happening around us; reflect on it together to learn
Own your own processes; keep them simple and effective (KISS principle)
Nurture win-win alliances; look outward to connect with external energy
Leave our (organisational) hats at the door - (no external power)
A kumura (sweet potato) never calls itself sweet - that is for the eaters to say )
Find the courage to face the hard issues - explore outside our comfort zones
Our biggest enemy is the one within us; conquer that first and the rest are easy
This URL is www.tipuake.org.nz