PATH AND MAPS: GAIN CONFIDENCE AND SKILLS IN A COHORT OF OTHERS!

For those who know the method of MAPs and PATH: Make it Easy – more explorations with Aaron Johannes, Eilidh Duncan and Shelley Nessman We have had numerous conversations with many of you who want to dig in and improve your facilitation skills and deepen your understanding of the PATH and MAPs process. We are very excited to announce that on January 18th and 19th we will be offering an opportunity for you to do just that! Join us for 2 days of exploring what it means to be a great facilitator, learn and practice some of those skills with … Continue reading PATH AND MAPS: GAIN CONFIDENCE AND SKILLS IN A COHORT OF OTHERS!

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…

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?

C.L.B.C. Safeguards – “Understanding Vulnerability” booklet for self advocates

We were excited to be part of this project, meeting with a focus group of self advocates to look at some complicated ideas and create something together that would be useful for their peers.   In the latest Community Living B.C. email news, Interim CEO Doug Woolard says: CLBC offices across the province have received copies of a new plain language guide for self advocates called “Understanding Vulnerability”. This booklet is a unique tool to help build awareness among self advocates, their family members, CLBC staff, service providers and others about the importance of being aware of vulnerabilities so intentional … Continue reading C.L.B.C. Safeguards – “Understanding Vulnerability” booklet for self advocates

Workshop Videos Part 1

These are videos we often refer to or use in our workshops; feel free to use them too!  We believe they are about ideas not often talked about 🙂 Want to talk more about our work – books, facilitation, dialogues, strategic planning, person centred planning, community mapping and engagement, or…?   contact us aaron@spectrumsociety.org or shelley@spectrumsociety.org What our PATH and MAPs workshops on person centred planning are like; 5 minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1ULJfPIDSQ Our Community Mapping Project – Victoria. 1 1/2 minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ikn3SrGR4DI The Power of a Plan – Inclusion B.C.’s transition project; 5 minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPyD9LTgbpU PATH: ; 5 minutes. Cheryl’s PATH; … Continue reading Workshop Videos Part 1

person centred planning part one – video

A lot of the work we do has to do with person centred planning – people get us to come in and help them figure out where they are in their lives, and where they’d like to go.   We love anything that works for the person, but one of our favourite methods is PATH because it incorporates everything that’s really good about planning, and also is an opportunity for people to share their dreams with friends and families.  Here’s part of a video from the Inclusion B.C. “On My Way” site, done by Karla Verschoor. Continue reading person centred planning part one – video