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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 article on Living Systems Thinking and our Podcast. Also our latest paper on Lifelong Learning - Nature's Way

  •         Tipu Ake is an organic project 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. See also the French translation.
  •         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
  •         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 delivered as a part of Leading Projects and Innovation in your Organisation in New Zealand
  •         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).
  •        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.

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 Buusiness, Smart Economy, Smart Learning. Download video on each. See also what young Kiwi's found on their 2007 learning journey to the US

This URL is www.tipuake.org.nz



1. NEW "Lifelong Learning - Nature's Way" - Tipu Ake as a learning model
2. UPDATE " New Tools For Growing Living Organisations and Communities" Radical tools for program management in a world of complexity and inter-dependence - builds on our paper at PMI Global Forum, Anaheim. Nov 2004
UPDATE Downloadable Tipu Ake Model now includes "The Leadership Tripod" and Mycorrhyzal Fungi Networks - Partnerships below the ground level.
4. PODCASTS Listen to Stranova and Living Systems Thinking interviews - Blog
5. VIDEO: Visit Downloadable Video Libary, interviews, stories, apply Tipu Ake
6. Thanks to those who participated in workshops "Tools for Growing Living Organisations" run in New York, London, Mid Wales UK, Finland and San Francisco during August 2005 click here for report

Helping New Zealanders and the world grow from within
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The Tipu Ake Team thanks AUT for helping incubate this model and in particular the many student teams, staff and other local and international volunteers that have helped it germinate in many places around the world.
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