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Isabelle Mahy
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Bonjour, Isabelle !

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Université du Québec à Montréal


Area of Interest
Organizational transformation and change ; creative process, collective intelligence ; organizational memory ; action research, ethics and aesthetics ; arts and management ; collective sensemaking ; buddhism, creativity and work.

About Me
After a life as management consultant in Europe and North America, I completed a Ph.D. research on Cirque du Soleil creative and management practices in Montreal. A book was published in fall 2008 : "Les coulisses de l'innovation, création et gestion au Cirque du Soleil" on this research.

Here is the link to the book (in french) where you will find all the stories and practices.

Among other very inspiring thinkers (Bateson, Senge, Argyris, Bohm, Wilber, Rogers, Edgar Morin, Jean-Louis LeMoigne, Schütz...) Otto's work has inspired my thinking then and now. We have met at Shambhala in Halifax in 2004 and 2005. There, I discovered a very inspiring community that resonates very naturally with who I am and what I believe I should be doing. Since then, I had the opportunity to become faculty in organizational communication at Université du Québec à Montréal.

My work revolves around questions like how to soften the toxicity of work? How to dissolve mental silos? How to support a collective intelligence process ? How about organizational ethics? How to reconciliate rationality and sensitiveness -or aesthetics as a way to understand our world?

Arts and creative processes are key dimensions of my research. Action learning, action research, interventions in organizations are the kind of work that I do, along with gathering bits and pieces of the experience along the way to share and pass along what can be learned from it. To do so, if we talk in terms of hosting and harvesting, I am inspired by creative practices from the artists and for one of my projects, I have developed a "3rd Eye" role and process which is an aesthetic - gentle and sensitive - way to access and harvest organizational memory. By doing so, it becomes possible to offer a mirror of the complexity of the collective experience to the organization who can then recall the experience through its very emotion. Like when you suddenly come across a smell or a music from the past which propels you instantly into the emotion of that moment.

Understanding the phenomenon of organizational collective thinking and memory from an epistemology that is anchored in complexity and humanism is my research work, called the 4th Eye. You can find information about this through my facebook page (see below).

Located at a very special cultural crossroads, in Montreal, nowadays I work in french, most of my work is published in french but I am also inspired by people working in english around the world. There is work to do to open these cultural doors to share experience and practices. This is something I would also like to contribute to.

Apart from that, you may find some of my paintings and photos in my website

and in facebook

Once in facebook, there a page named Le 4e Oeil you can explore. It presents other aspects of my research and intervention work.

Le 4e Œil on Facebook : (in french)

Le 4e Œil Blog on Blogspot : (in french)

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At 9:50am on December 18, 2009, Andrea M. Medina said…
hy!!! i will love to chat with you some day! meanwhile i send you this linck so you can take a look of some of my art and graphic recording, do you undestand spanish?! if not I can send you some papers that explain the relation of the creative process and the 3rd in my work. (art)

there you can find other lincks that might be of your interest.

have a great day!

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