The Eleventh Annual In2:InThinking Network Forum

 

Leading with Better Questions

April 19 - 24, 2012 in Los Angeles, California, USA

 
 
Questions?
Use this link to send us your question(s) about our 2012 Forum
 
 

A Quick Look
             About Our 2012 Forum
             Memories from our 2011 Forum - a photo montage
             Should You Attend?
             Where Will We Be?
             Our Registration Announcement
             Registration UPDATES (weekly reminders)       

Forum UPDATE to Registered Attendees  

Forum - Dates and Detailed Information for Each Session
             Pre-Conference Sessions  (OVERALL Schedule)
                          April 19th (7:00am - 7:15pm) and
                          April 20th (7:00am - 4:15pm)
             Weekend Conference Presentations  (OVERALL Schedule)
                          April 20th (6:00pm) - April 22nd (12:00pm)
             Post-Conference Sessions  (OVERALL Schedule)
                           April 23rd (7:30am - 4:30pm) and
                           April 24th (7:30am - 1:00pm)

Forum - Logistics
             Hotel Options, Local Transportation Options, Travel Planning
             Forum Meals
             Dress Code
             Citizenship

Forum - Materials
             Forum DVDs
             Brochure - Forum Artists
             Poster (1MB)
             Weekend Conference Speaker Guide (.4MB)
             Four Photo Montages on Vimeo - #1 #2 #3 #4
    

 
     
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About Our 2012 Forum

 
  Our Eleventh Annual Forum continues to expand "thinking about thinking," raising the consciousness of better thinking in individuals and organizations. Link here to learn about our previous Forums, as well as our Forum history.

As we have done many times before, we are working with Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne to offer

           
2 days of Pre-Conference sessions on
                          
April 19th (7:00am - 7:15pm) and
                          April 20th (7:00am - 4:15pm)
           followed by 2 days of Post-Conference sessions on
                          April 23rd (7:30am - 4:30pm) and
                          April 24th (7:30am - 1:30pm)

all, except for one session (Post-Conference "R") offered without any fee to attend. Add to this schedule our Weekend Conference (on April 20th (6:00pm) - April 22nd (12:00pm), for a registration fee ($350 before March 8th) at the nearby Hilton Woodland Hills and the result is our 6-day Forum.


As designed, our 2012 Forum aims to promote an environment where compelling ideas and insights will evolve from an exposure to new thoughts and open minds. (And these ideas and insights may lead you in untold exciting directions in your work and life after the Forum.)

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logo Should You Attend?  
 

Anyone interested in improving the effectiveness of individuals and or­ganizations will gain a deeper appreciation of leadership from this Forum. Past attendees reflect a wide variation in backgrounds - which is always a highlight of our event - and as such we have confidence that our program will continue to be valuable to anyone interested in "better thinking about thinking." If you, however, would like to get a "running start" on InThinking and other associated ideas, please inquire with Bill Bellows about attending an "InThinking Together" seminar offered throughout the year at a variety of locations across the U.S.
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logo Where Will We Be?  
 

Our Forum will take place in Los Angeles, California, USA, in the Canoga Park/Woodland Hills area of the San Fernando Valley. Pre-Conference sessions (seminars and workshops) will take place on Thursday, April 19th, and Friday, April 20th at United Technologies' Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's offices at 6633 Canoga Avenue in Canoga Park (view the map). Weekend Conference activities will begin on Friday afternoon at 4:00pm and extend through Sunday at 12:00pm – all to be held at the nearby Hilton Woodland Hills at 6360 Canoga Avenue, Woodland Hills (view the map). The hotel is an easy walk from the Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne site, where Forum attendees are welcome to park for free. The Post-Conference sessions on Monday, April 23rd, and Tuesday, April 24th will also be held at this Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne site.
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logo Forum Hotel, Alternate Lodging Options, Local Transportation Options, and Travel Planning  
 

Forum Hotel - Hilton Woodland Hills
Rooms at the Hilton Woodland Hills have been reserved for a limited time for Forum attendees at the group rate of $105 per night, from Tuesday, April 17th through Tuesday, April 24th, plus 14.07% occupancy tax. To make reservations at our group rate, please follow this
link to a dedicated page for Forum attendees to register and automatically receive our discounted room rate. As needed, call the Hilton Woodland Hills directly at 818-595-1000 (or 800-HILTONS or www.woodlandhills.hilton.com) and use the group code "IN2412" to get the lower rate) before Wednesday, April 4th, and state that you are attending the "In2:InThinking" event.


Hotel Options (using Orbitz) Near Hilton Woodland Hills
As of December 11th, 2011, here are posted prices for local hotels, along with distance (miles) to the Hilton Woodland Hills. Follow this
link to reserve these daily rates on Orbitz.

Rate Hotel Location Distance
$229
Warner Center Marriott
21850 Oxnard St.,
Woodland Hills
1.3
$69
Motel 6
7132 DeSoto Ave.,
Canoga Park
1.5
$69
Ramada Inn
7126 DeSoto Ave., Canoga Park
1.5
$67
Best Western
20122 Vanowen St., Canoga Park
2.0
$98
Best Western
21830 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills
2.0
$73
Super 8 Motel
7631 Topanga Canyon Blvd.,
Canoga Park
2.1
$108
Holiday Inn Express
22617 Ventura Blvd.,
Woodland Hills
2.6
$84
ESA Woodland Hills
20205 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills
2.9
$89
Comfort Inn
20157 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills
2.9
$85
Comfort Inn & Suites
21603 Devonshire St., Chatsworth
5.9
$81
Ramada Inn
21340 Devonshire St., Chatsworth
6.0


Additional Lodging Options
Please don't hesitate to contact us if you would like more information about other lodging options, things to do and see in Los Angeles (beaches, hiking, movie studios, shopping, etc.), or have any questions about anything else.

Local Transportation Options
From Bob Hope Airport in Burbank (BUR) to the Hilton Woodland Hills (18 miles) we suggest using a taxi, for which you can expect to pay $50-$60. Another option is a rental car, from either Bob Hope Airport or Los Angeles International Airport, for which you can expect to pay about $300 for one week or $30 per day.

From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to the Hilton Woodland Hills (27 miles) we suggest the "Van Nuys Flyaway" bus service at LAX to get to (7610 Woodley Ave.) Van Nuys.    No reservations are needed and the buses arrive every 30 minutes. The fare is $7 for travel each way; $14 for a round trip.   Look for the bus at under the green overhead signs ("Buses and Long Distance Vans") at curbside at LAX.   And, be sure to get on the bus heading to Van Nuys and not Westwood nor Union Station. Look for the destination sign in the front of the bus, on the passenger side entrance. Upon arrival in Van Nuys, use a taxi to get to the Hilton, which is about 15 minutes (8.2 miles) away, due west.

For those attendees traveling to Los Angeles who would like to avoid the expense of a rental car, our Pre- and Post-Conference sessions will be held at Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, 2 blocks away from the Hilton Woodland Hills.

Travel Planning
The links below are offered to guide your travel planning:
             www.bookingbuddy.com
             www.relocat.com/lastminutetravel.htm
             www.orbitz.com
             www.cheaptickets.com

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Our registration fee is $400 per person, with a $50 discount for anyone registering on or before March 8th. We are proud to offer a rate that can only be achieved (and maintained since 2007) through the cooperation of our long list of Forum "Partners InThinking." This fee covers the admission fee to our Weekend Conference at the Hilton Woodland Hills, with all, but one of the Pre-Conference and Post-Conference sessions offered without fee to attend, and one, Post-Conference session R, with a fee of $40 for materials. For those attendees on a limited budget, please note that both Continental Breakfast and Lunch are provided for the Pre- and Post-Conference sessions.

Link
below to register, either for the first time, or to add to your existing plans, if you've already registered once.

Online donation system by ClickandPledge

For attendees employed by United Technologies Corporation, please use this link to access a specially designed Forum registration within the UTC firewall.

Beginning in 2007, we also offer a discounted registration price of $200 for students in home school, public schools, colleges, or universities who are not employed in full-time positions and, therefore, are in greater need of financial assistance among all of our student attendees. It is for these special need students that we have allocated funding, provided through private donations as well as through our annual Forum Raffle and Silent Auction events.

Registration is required by anyone planning to attend our Forum on any of the six days. Citizenship information is needed for anyone planning to attend any of our Pre- or Post-Conference sessions, which will be co-hosted by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne. Upon registering, you will receive an e-mail to confirm your attendance plans. Included will be a Forum Waiver which we will require each attendee to complete during our on-site registration process. Link here for a preview of this document, which includes an injury liability waiver (MANDATORY for attendance), as well as a release form to allow us to include you in audio and video tapes of the Forum activities, as well as in our photographs. Signing this recording release is OPTIONAL.

If you would like to attend any of our Pre-Conference or Post-Conference, but not our Weekend Conference, use the registration link above, but do not select the weekend Conference option featured at the top of the registration page.

If you are in need of registering early, please contact our Forum Registration Team at registrar@in2in.org.
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Forum Meals - Day-by-Day Planning

 
 

The following meals are included (or not) with the registration fee for our Conference (weekend events) and through donations from Network members or Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne for the weekday Pre- and Post-Conference sessions;

Thursday, April 19th - Pre-Conference Sessions
Continental Breakfast (7:00-8:00am) - included
Lunch (12:00-1:15pm) - included

Dinner - not included

Friday, April 20th - Pre-Conference Sessions
Continental Breakfast (7:00-8:00am) - included
Lunch (12:00-1:15pm) - included


Friday, April 20th - Weekend Conference
Dinner (6:00-7:30pm) - included (dinner guests may be added in the registration process at $40 per person)

Saturday, April 21st - Weekend Conference
Continental Breakfast (7:00-8:00am) - included
Lunch (11:30-1:00pm) - included
Dinner (6:00-7:15pm) - included
(dinner guests may be added in the registration process at $40 per person)

Sunday, April 22nd - Weekend Conference
Continental Breakfast (7:00-8:00am) - included
Lunch - not included
Dinner - not included


Monday, April 23rd - Post-Conference Sessions
Continental Breakfast (7:30-8:00am) - included
Lunch (12:00-1:00pm) - included
Dinner - not included


Tuesday, April 24th - Post-Conference Sessions
Continental Breakfast (7:30-8:00am) - included
Lunch (12:00-1:00pm) - included

Dinner - not included

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As you'll find in the link to our 2009 Forum Photo Gallery, our dress code is business casual. But, don't be surprised to see soccer (which translates to "football" for our international guests) jerseys widely worn. Also, we appreciate that "east coast" business casual differs from "west coast" business casual; you are most welcome to wear either mode.
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  All of our Pre- and Post-Conference sessions will be hosted by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR) at their offices in Canoga Park. As a defense contractor, access requires either US citizenship (with a drivers license for identification), or a Green Card for permanent residents, or a Passport for foreign visitors. Please plan to provide the needed details when you register, if you are planning to attend any of our 22 Pre- or Post-Conference sessions. Thanks!
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Pre-Conference Sessions - PWR - April 19-20  
 

We are excited to announce that we we will offer 16 Pre-Conference sessions and 6 Post-Conference sessions, all designed and presented at no fee to attendees. Our Pre-Conference offerings follow below:

(Link here for a Day-by-Day schedule of all Pre- and Post-Conference sessions in a matrix format)

Note: Citizenship information is needed when registering for anyone planning to attend any of our Pre- or Post-Conference sessions, which will be co-hosted by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR).

To allow time for visitor notice requests for entering PWR facilities, the deadline for registering for Pre- and Post-Conference sessions is Friday, April 13th.

Thursday, April 19th - Pre-Conference Sessions

Location: Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's (PWR) facility at 6633 Canoga Avenue in Canoga Park (view the street map)

These 3-hour sessions, from 9:00-12:00pm, follow our Continental Breakfast, from 7:00-8:00am and our "Beginning Together" welcoming session, from 8:00-9:00am;

Session A
Now What? How to Create Leverage, Insight and Action by Asking Great Questions and Embodying Great Answers, Together

Presented by Alex Iglecia & Beth Iglecia
Link here for a survey from Alex and Beth to complete once you register to attend their session.

Session B

Moving from Spectator Safety to Participant Safety

Presented by Rick Spencer

Session C
Thinking in Systems and Stories: A Whole-Hearted Approach to Devising Creative Solutions
Presented by Steve Byers and Bob Dickman

Session D
Re-Thinking Leadership Development
Presented by John Dupre and Armin Pajand


Thursday, April 19th - Pre-Conference Sessions
These 3-hour sessions, from 1:15-4:15pm, follow Lunch, from 12:00-1:15pm;


Session E

Playful Inquiry: Unleashing the Power of the Creative Brain
Presented by Lyn Wiltse and Lori Steed Sortino

Session F
From Flexible Bodies to Flexible Minds
Presented by Julie Francis

Session G
Learning to Change: Changing to Learn
Presented by Jon Bergstrom and Steve Byers

Session H
Shifting Intransigence – Building Businesses, Re-Building Lives
Presented by Ron Schultz


Thursday, April 19th - Pre-Conference Sessions
These 2-hour sessions, from 5:15-7:15pm, follow our afternoon "Reflecting Together" session;

Session I

Cause(s) of Confusion: Beyond Root Cause Analysis

Presented by Cade Wilson

Session J
Idealized Design: Beyond Problem Solving
Presented by Neil Jansen

Session K
Applications of InThinking to Working Life
Presented by Felix Delgado

Session L
Business Lessons From Social Insects
Presented by Mark Fitzsimmons


Friday, April 20th - Pre-Conference Sessions
Location: Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's facility at 6633 Canoga Avenue in Canoga Park (view the map)

These 6-hour sessions, set for 9:00-12:00pm, with a Lunch break, continuing from 1:15-4:15pm, follow our Continental Breakfast, from 7:00-8:00am and our "Beginning Together" welcoming session, from 8:00-9:00am;

Session M
The Organization Workshop
Presented by Beth Thompson

Session N
Deming's Ideas in the Twenty-first Century
Presented by Gipsie Ranney

Session O

Discussing the Undiscussable: Overcoming the Defensive Routines in the Workplace
Presented by Micah Fierstein

Session P
Self-organizing the “Inquirer” - Better Questions - Accurate Sensing – More Effective Response
Presented by Peter Stonefield

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Conference Sessions - HILTON - April 20-22

 
 

Link here to find our complete weekend Conference schedule (at the the nearby Hilton Woodland Hills), which begins with dinner (at 6:00pm), followed by a keynote presentation, followed by a full day on Saturday, April 21st, and ends at noon on April 22nd. Links to the individual keynote and parallel-track presenters follow below:

Keynote Presentations;
Friday, April 20th - Sherry Immediato
Catalyzing Breakthroughs with Great Questions

Saturday, April 21st - Brigadier General Timothy Trainor
Building a Generation of Leaders Who Embrace Creativity and Innovation

Saturday, April 21st - Barnet Bain
Ultra-Creativity

Sunday, April 22nd - Debra Lewis and Doug Adams
Duty, Honor, America Tour: What REALLY Helps?

All four keynote presentations will be graphically recorded by Jennifer Shepherd, who first joined us at our 2011 Forum. Link here to learn more about Jennifer. Link here to see examples results of her efforts.


Parallel-Track Presentations;

Saturday, April 21st, Morning Parallel Track
Pauline Arneberg - PRAXIS: What to Take Away?

Fazel Hayati - A Framework for Asking Questions

Lucie Newcomb
- Cultivating Global Citizenship Capacities: First Steps Towards a Shared Future

Saturday, April 21st, Afternoon Parallel Track
Graham Rawlinson - Exercising Judgement; The Ying and Yang balance of reason and intuition, explored with neuroscience and psychology

Beth Thompson - Considering the System: Exploring Oshry’s Whole System Framework

Ilene Val-Essen - Family Life Can Be So Much Easier and More Rewarding


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logo Post-Conferece Sessions - PWR - April 23-24  
 

We are excited to announce that we we will offer 16 Pre-Conference sessions and 6 Post-Conference sessions, all designed and presented at no fee to attendees, with the exception of session R, which has a $40 fee for materials. Our Post-Conference offerings follow below:

(Link here for a Day-by-Day schedule of all Pre- and Post-Conference sessions in a matrix format)

Note: Citizenship information is needed when registering for anyone planning to attend any of our Pre- or Post-Conference sessions, which will be co-hosted by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR).

To allow time for visitor notice requests for entering PWR facilities, the deadline for registering for Pre- and Post-Conference sessions is Friday, April 13th.

Monday, April 23rd - Post-Conference Sessions

Location: Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's (PWR) facility at 6633 Canoga Avenue in Canoga Park (view the street map)

These full-day and half-day sessions follow our Continental Breakfast, from 7:30-8:00am and our "Beginning Together" welcoming session, from 8:00-8:30am;

Session Q (full day)
Mindful Leadership: Strategies for Change Resilience & Wisdom at Work

Presented by Joel & Michelle Levey

Session R (full day, with a $40 fee for materials)
What We’re Learning About the Brain and Why It Matters

Presented by Leslie Peters

Session S (full day)
Judgement, Explained and Practised

Presented by Graham Rawlinson

Session T (morning)
The Power To Trust Intuition: It has been in us all along!

Presented by Hugh McAllister and Jengiz Gocer

Session U (afternoon - Part 1, Tuesday morning - Part 2)

InThinking Together
Presented by Bill Bellows, Rudy Hernandez, and Tim Higgins


Tuesday, April 24th - Post-Conference Sessions
Location: Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's (PWR) facility at 6633 Canoga Avenue in Canoga Park (view the street map)

These half-day sessions follow our Continental Breakfast, from 7:30-8:00am and our "Beginning Together" welcoming session, from 8:00-8:30am;

Session U (morning - Part 2)
InThinking Together
Presented by Bill Bellows, Rudy Hernandez, and Tim Higgins

Session V (morning)

The Secret Life of Organizations

Presented by Ariane David

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2012 Forum DVDs can be PRE-ORDERED
 

For the tenth year in a row, we have contracted with Kid Flix, the after-school video services team at Placerita Junior High School in nearby Valencia, to videotape our entire conference.  Once again, this footage will be converted into our final DVD package by Dave Nave & Associates.

Forum attendees who attend our Weekend Conference at the Hilton can pre-order the 2012 Forum DVD with a non-refundable payment of $75 and receive the DVD set for $125. We'll bill you for the $50 remainder when the DVDs ship, approximately 4-6 weeks after the Forum. The regular price is $150.

This offer is only valid for 2012 Forum attendees and you must order on or before April 24th, 2012. This order can be placed during the Weekend Conference at the Hilton or when completing our online Forum registration process.

Link below to order when registering or at any time during the year. Use this link to order DVD sets from our 2004 - 2011 Forums as well. Find details on these Forums using links in the matrix below.

Online donation system by ClickandPledge

Thanks for supporting the In2:InThinking Network

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