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 ūüôā 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 ‚ÄúUnderstanding Vulnerability‚ÄĚ. 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 ūüôā 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

fun video of our Victoria community mapping session and some time-lapse graphic facilitation

Video by Hayley Glossop of Rainbow Notations. ¬†You can check out more posts about this project on our project blog. ¬† The Community Mapping sessions were sponsored by an award from the BC Ideas folks, in Community Living Innovation. ¬† In this project Shelley Nessman and I are going to three communities to ask ¬†self advocates with intellectual disabilities: where do you make a contribution? ¬†where would you be missed? ¬†where are you welcomed in the ways you want to be? ¬†After a day together, and a lot of drawing and talking, we clean up the room and they host … Continue reading fun video of our Victoria community mapping session and some time-lapse graphic facilitation