Author Archives: Peggy Holman

About Peggy Holman

Peggy Holman supports organizations and communities to uncover creative responses to complex challenges using innovative engagement processes. The Change Handbook, co-authored with Tom Devane and Steven Cady, documents many such processes. The book is the considered the definitive resource for leaders and consultants working to increase resilience, agility, and collaboration in organizations and other social systems. Peggy co-founded Journalism that Matters in 2001 with three journalists to support the pioneers who are shaping the emerging news and information ecology. Peggy’s latest book, Engaging Emergence: Turning Upheaval into Opportunity, supports people facing disruptions to invite others to join them in realizing new possibilities.

Help us grow a more diverse and engaged audience

Whether you are considering a new venture or whether you’ve been at it for years, we want to accelerate everyone’s effectiveness by doing what Journalism That Matters has always done: connecting people with each other and linking them to what’s happening around the country with journalism innovations that support diverse communities and democracy to thrive.

To help this process, I’m asking you to complete a three-minute, three-question survey by the end of August. Journalism That Matters and it’s partner, the American Society of News Editors, will use it to improve the “Engagement Hub” – a platform for peer-to-peer exchange about engaging community.

Stories for Navigating the Waves of Change

How can journalists discern what stories are most useful for helping us navigate through turbulent times? One way to decide is by understanding the roles people play in changing times. I recently described some key roles on the Seapoint Center leadership blog. In brief: Stabilizers maintain the old systems and structures, for better and worse. […]

Mapping the News and Information Ecosystem

Envisioning what the news and information ecosystem looks like contributes to creating it. Understanding a complex system is no easy task. Maps simplify reality to highlight useful distinctions. They give form to an abstract idea, like a news and information ecosystem. Just as nature’s ecosystem is a community of living organisms — plants, animals and microbes — […]

The Changing News and Information Ecosystem: What Can You Do?

How can you contribute to a healthy journalism ecosystem? Picture a news and information ecosystem that not only informs, but also engages, inspires, and activates.  Imagine journalism that helps us navigate through uncertainty, contextualizing conflict and struggle within aspirations and hope. Envision telling stories of possibility, highlighting diverse voices, using diverse forms, and engaging with each […]

Journalism for Navigating Uncertainty: The Diversity Principle

Innovation demands diversity, using our differences creatively. I was speaking with an African-American colleague about the news. Growing up in an economically disadvantaged part of Los Angeles, the stories never reflected his reality. So he never developed a news habit. His story points to a key aspect of diversity — diversity of voice. The Maynard […]