Setting goals…

“People will kill you over time, and how they’ll kill you is with tiny, harmless phrases, like ‘be realistic.’”  Dylan Moran I love thinking about how people set goals.   I love how some people walk into a room and know exactly what they want, and how some of their supporters knew that would happen, and others are shocked and delighted…  And I love how some people, and some groups of people, walk in so tentatively, not quite sure what they might want, not sure how to say what they want, not sure if it’s “realistic.”   A while ago, … Continue reading Setting goals…

River of Life

Shelley Nessman and I co-facilitated a great debriefing and planning session, first with the BCACL (now Inclusion BC) Self Advocate Caucus and then in a meeting with them and Executive Directors from all around the province – a couple of amazing days.   The first graphic is from the day with the caucus, and the second is from their meeting with the EDs.   A lot of people talked about what a great experience it was – and it was good for us too!   Many graphic recorders / facilitators don’t “facilitate” while they draw, but given my experience developing curriculum I can … Continue reading River of Life

The Navigators’ Project

Debriefing of a Spectrum Society project in which we looked at the possibilities for fostering more autonomy and self determination by providing supporters who took on a new role of “Navigators” in the lives of people with disabilities… each drawing is about 4 ft x 6 ft and took about 2 hours in real time, recording as people talked. detail detail Continue reading The Navigators’ Project

“we’ve just forgotten that we belong to each other” Father Greg Boyle and Homeboy Industries

I have a new hero.  Well, maybe a few.   But a singular experience of our trip to this year’s TASH conference in Long Beach was getting to hear and spend time with Father Greg Boyle, the most moving and inspiring speaker I’ve ever heard of.   You can order Father Greg’s book (autographed even!) and DVDs and t-shirts and all kinds of homeboy goodies here…  but, seriously, he presents an “if/then” proposition – if he can do this where he did it, with those he was inspired by, well, “then”…  what are we waiting for?  Wherever we are?  Whoever we are … Continue reading “we’ve just forgotten that we belong to each other” Father Greg Boyle and Homeboy Industries