Under Jule Hopkins Community Living B.C. (C.L.B.C.) took on a brave agenda of creating documents related to how people can plan for vulnerability and stay safer in community, which had many different parts. I continue to think this was really exemplary work that involved many self advocates and families, as well as brought together different groups. Jule was an early believer in our work and we used methods from what is now called CBPR (Community Based Participatory Research) and, together, learned a great deal about how inclusive groups and inclusive research works, and got to work with colleagues and agencies … Continue reading CLBC’s Community Safeguards Projects and 101 Friends
Now that this has been formally announced, we can share some great news! Our new ARTbrain project combines a few ideas that Liz Etmanski, Susan Powell and I have been talking about for a while. We were grateful to receive some funding from the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture to explore these ideas over the next eight months. Our proposal read, Access to fine arts and humanities education has been almost impossible for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and this project will involve them in thinking critically about how art works, making art, works from art history and … Continue reading ARTbrain – a new project
We are lucky to have Sam Bradd among us here on the coast. He sets the bar for those who work in alternative, serious ways, and is a tireless, compassionate, generative friend and colleague to a whole community. After years of wanting to, I finally got a chance to work with him, as I facilitated a small group in planning and he handled the graphics… it was one of the best dances I’ve been part of. I’ll post the graphics one day. He’s one of the people I could work with all the time. Sam has collected a host of … Continue reading How to have better meetings – Sam Bradd’s 2018 round-up…
I was fascinated to hear about Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies cards, which I hadn’t known about before. So then of course I really wanted some… but the first edition ones were about $1,500 and the latest edition seemed to be a while ago and they were pretty much $100++ on eBay. So then I thought to google Oblique Strategies cards pdf and found these DIY cards – not sure who the blog owner is but they’re searchable publicly so… Oh and then I found the free iPad app…. have at ‘er oh differently thinking people… Continue reading Oblique Strategies
Then I thought, hey And courses I’m teaching – person centred planning for folks with disabilities, leadership and developmental studies through the lifespan – are really exciting too. As usual I am thoughtful about how the support of folks with disabilities, one of the most lively, joy-provoking things to do, is made dull with old scripts based on needs and lacks and deficits… and perhaps that’s the point? If we were to really throw ourselves into the inspiration that folks with disabilities give us – I don’t mean by this a kind of disability-porn too-easy sleaziness – the way … Continue reading Syllabus #CLMOOC
A lot of my work over the last few years, and my thesis (which led to many of the ideas in this presentation) has led me to the idea of relational leadership so I’ve been fascinated to discover Kenneth Gergen and the Taos Institute and its affiliates working hard to figure out what the new patterns and methods might be. They recently hosted a series of conversations by webinar – still available to watch here – and I was able to get to a couple of them. Now I want to graphically record all of them – such exciting thinking. Continue reading Relational Leadership Webinar Graphics
Dan Pontefract, author of Flat Earth: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization, was having a contest. It is over, so I won’t win a book, but I’m going to go buy his book anyway as I really like the way he is thinking about work and connections… and it gave me a chance to process some of what I was thinking about over the last weeks and last week in particular. The question he’s asking is “How do you define the word ‘work.’” I was in Toronto taking a refresher course in a planning method we use a … Continue reading What is the work?