How to have better meetings – Sam Bradd’s 2018 round-up…

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…

A busy month…

I’ve been finishing up a big, distracting project that has required a lot of focus…  for some reason this meant that every time someone asked me to work at an event I just said yes 🙂 Hospitals engaging patients, self advocates strategic planning, MAPs and PATHs and training in California and with teachers in B.C..   It was good to use the other side of my brain, but it was particularly a gift to be around so many interesting people doing so many good things.   And always a gift to spend time with Liz Etmanski, who did some of … Continue reading A busy month…

Oblique Strategies

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

Relational Leadership Webinar Graphics

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

What is the work?

  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?

New Charts – Victoria sessions

I did two days of charting in Victoria – the first day was full of self advocate presentations, games, and a wonderful panel on employment.   The second day was part of our Inclusive Research Community Mapping projects, funded by a grant from B.C. Ideas, in which, working with a self advocate co-host, my facilitation partner, Shelley Nessman, engages people with intellectual disabilities in a discussion about where they contribute, where they are welcomed and what roles they play in their communities.   We were wonderfully hosted by the Self Advocates for a Brighter Future, who were supported by Becon … Continue reading New Charts – Victoria sessions