Organizers

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Kemmy Raji

An Agile Coach and Trainer.  She has been practicing Agile for over 10 years and is a Scrum Alliance Certified Team Coach (CTC), PMI Certified Project Manager, and a professional Coach with the CTI.

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Dr. Dave Cornelius aka "Dr. Dave"

Practiced agile and lean over the last ten years while performing many Agile roles that include coach, trainer, Agile leader, product manager / product owner, Scrum Master, and evangelist.

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Joseph Jones

A servant leader and agile change agent. He practices agile approaches, coaching and active in the agile/coaching community He volunteers on the Agile Alliance’s Diversity and Inclusion committee.

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Stephen Treacy

A skilled system engineer with over 25 years of experience in the development of patient monitoring systems for hospitals. He is responsible for driving product architecture based on deep understanding of customer needs. Steve has extensive experience working with luminary healthcare providers to define breakthrough technologies to improve clinical workflow.

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April Jefferson, Open Space Facilitator

April Jefferson bares the moniker Soul Craftswoman for her blended mindset, calm, and engaging spirit. April is an independent agile coach, collaboration facilitator, experience crafter, game creator, and speaker.

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Tracy Treacy, LPC

A specialist in trauma and healing.  She is the founder of D&S Healing Center, a psychotherapy private practice.  Tracy has experience working with diverse populations, ranging from young undergrads to formerly incarcerated men.

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AnaElsa, Future Search Facilitator

AnaElsa Aviles is an accomplished bilingual change management and organization development practitioner offering consulting, facilitation, and coaching services.  AnaElsa is passionate about social and economic justice.  She is innovative, collaborative, strategic and is driven by her core value to help others achieve equity, inclusion, increased workplace opportunities and community well-being.

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Jenny, Agile Coach, Trainer, and Facilitator

Jenny Tarwater is an an International Speaker, Agile Coach and Trainer.

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Ashanti, Graphic Recorder

Ashanti Gardner is a graphic recorder, who brings conversations to life.

Agile for Humanity Conference February 19, and 20 2021 - Elevating Your Craft and Mastery

The annual conference began on February 19, 2021 – during Black History month. The intent is to create a focused space for BOPIC to Elevate our Craft and Mastery in product development, agility, design, and technology.  We invite our non-BIPOC mutual partners to come along on this journey with us.  We need each other in love so that we can Elevate our Craft and Mastery. The Agile for Humanity conference is a safe and healing space for BIPOC and non-BIPOC individuals to come together and be transparent about our social justice experiences.

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OpenSpace Graphic Recording

Agility for Humanity 2021 Virtual Conference Summary

By: Dr. Dave Cornelius

The Agile for Humanity conference takes place annually during Black History Month.  The intent is to create a focused space for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) to Elevate Craft and Mastery in product development, agility, design, and technology.

The invitation is extended to non-BIPOC mutual partners to come along on the journey with BIPOC participants.  The Agile for Humanity conference is a safe and healing space for BIPOC and non-BIPOC individuals to come together and be transparent about social justice experiences.

A global group of people came together for amazing conversations over two half-day virtual events on Friday, February 19 and Saturday, February 20, 2021.  People attended from Africa, Canada, Europe, India, and all four corners of the United States.  Lizzy Morris delivered an amazing presentation titled "The Fragility of Humanity," encouraging us to bring our whole self, broken and messy.

 

Friday, February 19, 2021: Future Search Event Conversations:

  • Reflect BIPOC representation in Agile conferences
  • A framework focus on coaching the whole person
  • Facilitating compassionate conversations - Ann-Marie
  • Collaborate with our brothers and sisters in Africa and bring Agility to Africa
  • Create a safe space for inclusion, acceptance, and invitation to all

 

Saturday, February 20, 2021: Open Space Event Conversations:

  • What do you want the Allies & Accomplices to hear?
  • Melanated Action Society
  • Focus on transformational conversations
    Mastery starts with singing your faces off
  • Invitation to Joy
  • What lessons have we learned since the signing of the Agile Manifesto
  • Moving Into Agile and remaining as a Self-Employed Coach
  • Compassion toward self
  • Self-study for knowledge's sake
  • Relaxation

 

Gratitude Space:

  • I am grateful for being surrounded by communities of Love
  • To be able to see thankfulness as my choice
  • Life, family, and health
  • Humanity's way of finding community in the face of crisis
  • Grateful for the honesty and vulnerability
  • I'm thankful for being able to have open conversations
  • I'm grateful to be alive this day
  • For inviting the men to bring ourselves courageously and vulnerability to the conversations

In 2022, I hope we will be able to meet face-to-face again, but we also want to continue a virtual option to include our partners from around the world. We want to maintain a space of safety and healing for BIPOC and non-BIPOC people to embrace our humanity and share in the goodness that we bring to this moment.

 

About Agile for Humanity

The Agile for Humanity concept was founded by Dr. Dave Cornelius in 2016 as a service to Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) to train members in agile practices to improve effectiveness to deliver support to people in need globally.  In 2018, the focus shifted to a monthly meetup event in Tucson, AZ.

The focus is now to collaborate globally with like-minded people to build a community to pursue diversity, equity inclusion, and belonging to celebrate and share the power we create together.

The Agile for Humanity conference was born out of the massive civil unrest in 2020. As more people open their eyes to the social injustice Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) lives face every day, many are looking for a way to make things better in their own communities and their own workplaces. We organized this conference to create a space where BIPOC can connect to discuss the challenges to equity and inclusivity and to define a way to make things tangibly better.

Our conference will utilize Future Search and Open Space Technology formats (unconference), to allow people to discuss the topics that they are passionate about. Our goal is to create a space for BIPOC individuals to develop skills that build economic and trust experiences. The topic producers – also known as “conveners”— will guide each session, with attendees contributing to the conversation and learning. We would like to see more speakers and leaders rise as agile leaders across multiple domains.

 

Learn About Future Search

Learn Why You Should Attend the Agile for Humanity 2021 Conference

Conference Tools

How to use Zoom

How to Use MURAL

October 15, 2020 Virtual Open Space Outcome

The first virtual conference is scheduled for Thursday, October 15, 2020. The theme is “Building economic and trust experiences for BIPOC in Agile, Technology, and Product Development.” Although the conference is focused on BIPOC, all are welcome to attend and contribute to the conversations, empathy, and solutions.

Agile for Humanity Graphic Recording

By: Dr. Dave Cornelius

 

The gathering for the Agile for Humanity Building Economic Liberation conference held on Thursday, October 15, 2020 invited black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) and non-BIPOC individuals to share in open space conversations.  People attended from around the globe and throughout the United States.  The morning started with Joe Jones playing the sweet sounds of Bob Marley “I want to love you” and some Stevie Wonder favorites to set the mood.  April “SoulCraftsWoman” Jefferson facilitated the open space proceedings to invite us into full participation to explore what was possible.

If you are new to the open space [Un]conference, it is a liberating experience that is an invitation to bring your whole self to create the topics that is of most interest to you.  The open space experience has one law, which is the law of mobility.  The mobility law simply states, if you are not getting what you need from a discussion, use your mobility to find what satisfies you.  Complimenting the one law is the five (5) principles that are 1) whoever comes are the right people, 2) whatever happens is the only thing that could have, 3) whenever it starts is the right time, 4) whenever it’s over, it’s over, and 5) wherever it happens is the right place.  In addition, there are three personas that are 1) Butterfly [move yourself to a place where you can contribute], 2) Bumblebee [contribute across many conversations], and 3) Groundhog [find a space to retreat and appear when you are ready].

Many topics were offered, and people indulged in deep dialogue, sharing their lived experiences.  One conversation that gained traction was “What our trauma is and how to deal with it”.  Look deep into the graphic recording produced by Ashanti Gardner to see what was discussed.  The effect of trauma will continue to be a common theme for most of us in 2020 because of COVID-19, social injustice, and the economic challenges we are experiencing.

Many thanks to our sponsors 1) Agile Alliance, 2) SourceCell, and 3) KnolShare.org, who supported the inaugural launch of this event.  Our volunteers included, Stephen Treacy, Kemmy Raji, Jenny Tarwater, Tracy Treacy, Joseph Jones, Ashanti Gardner, April Jefferson, and Dr. Dave Cornelius.

This conference was a prelude to the annual conference that is scheduled for Friday, February 19, 2021 during Black History Month.  We want to create a sustainable event for BIPOC and non-BIPOC lives to enjoy peace, love, and harmony as we elevate our craft and mastery in agility, technology and product development.  Stay tuned for more details by visiting www.AgileForHumanity.org and follow us on Twitter at @Agile4Humanity.