the paths we’re on…

“If you let people break your spirit and detour you from your path, then you have not been true to yourself or those you’re here to touch, those who believe in you.”   Allison DuBois “The path is the goal.” ― Mahatma Gandhi. Just back from a camping trip where I spent a lot of time walking and thinking about the idea of a path and how significant this is as a metaphor for all of us, as we move from one state to another, from one focus to another…   and then Gary put up this lovely quote, so I felt … Continue reading the paths we’re on…

Step by step action planning: what step are you on?

I really liked a recent afternoon of teaching about action planning in which we looked at this drawing and talked about how every goal we aspire to, are working on or have accomplished can be put on these steps.   It was a very fun conversation and people really seemed to like the idea that we’re never nowhere, we’re always somewhere.   Gosh I hope that doesn’t turn out to be my quote for posterity, Yogi Berra style.   But it can be really easy to get very down on ourselves about what feels like a lack of progress, when really it’s just … Continue reading Step by step action planning: what step are you on?

Dancing with Community Webinar Series

I’ve been very excited about a recent project, a fund-raiser for TASH, for a few reasons.  It gave me a chance to work with some of the new information I’ve been learning about online training; I got to work with some people I really like, who were excited about a topic that excites me; I got to use LOTS of graphics in my parts of the webinars, and I got to “give back” to TASH,  which has been so important player in my own development. At Spectrum We give TASH a lot of credit for what we’ve done well. Here … Continue reading Dancing with Community Webinar Series

Planning with the Family Support Institute #graphicfacilitation

In June I had the great gift of an invitation to spend the day with the B.C. Family Support Institute Resource parents as they debriefed about training, the gifts they bring and share, and planned for their future.   Resource parents for the Family Support Institute are all over the province, and volunteer to help other families of children with disabilities wend their way through systems that can be complicated and arcane.   What an amazing group of people. The day was facilitated by David Wetherow, one of B.C.’s most venerated facilitators.   I’ve always wanted to see David work, but to … Continue reading Planning with the Family Support Institute #graphicfacilitation

Gifts for one’s future self…

I really love the idea explored in this photography exhibit, “Back to the Future,”curated by Irina Werning.   Lee- Anne Ragan, who I’ve just had the extreme (sublime even) pleasure of doing four days of training in social media and teaching adults with over the past couple of weeks, introduced her blog readers to this siteand asked, “what would your former self have to say about your current self?  What would the young girl above have to say to the woman she grew into?   What would your ten year old self say to your current self?  What words of advice would … Continue reading Gifts for one’s future self…

PATH: Co-facilitating person-centred planning with friends and family September 10 – 13, 2012

What is PATH? PATH is a process in which a facilitator and a graphic facilitator work with a focal person (or organization or team) and their supporters to create a vision of the best possible future, out of which comes a plan that is always “positive” and “possible,” understood by all and no longer mysterious or scary. By the end of the PATH event the focal person or group has communicated where they want to go, what and who they need to support their journey, and how this part of their lives will be part of a bigger future. Those … Continue reading PATH: Co-facilitating person-centred planning with friends and family September 10 – 13, 2012