CLBC’s Community Safeguards Projects and 101 Friends

Under Jule Hopkins Community Living B.C. (C.L.B.C.) took on a brave agenda of creating documents related to how people can plan for vulnerability and stay safer in community, which had many different parts.  I continue to think this was really exemplary work that involved many self advocates and families, as well as brought together different groups. Jule was an early believer in our work and we used methods from what is now called CBPR (Community Based Participatory Research) and, together, learned a great deal about how inclusive groups and inclusive research works, and got to work with colleagues and agencies … Continue reading CLBC’s Community Safeguards Projects and 101 Friends

Welcoming Difference and Diversity in our Networks

Our workshop, “Welcoming Difference and Diversity in our Networks,” has been through a few iterations but most recently was featured as the all day training for the annual B.C. Family Support Institute Training Weekend, which gathers resource parents (who support … Continue reading Welcoming Difference and Diversity in our Networks

ARTbrain – a new project

Now that this has been formally announced, we can share some great news!  Our new ARTbrain project combines a few ideas that Liz Etmanski, Susan Powell and I have been talking about for a while.  We were grateful to receive some funding from the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture to explore these ideas over the next eight months.  Our proposal read, Access to fine arts and humanities education has been almost impossible for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and this project will involve them in thinking critically about how art works, making art, works from art history and … Continue reading ARTbrain – a new project

PATH experiments…

Over the last 23 or so years I’ve done at least hundreds if not thousands of PATHs…  sometimes I think oh it couldn’t be that many but then I remember times when I did a few PATHs a day for a few days and think, well, maybe… And, still, there’s always something to learn.  In one of the small community based research projects we are working on, thanks to a grant from the Taos Institute, we are following social constructionist research principles – we are working in “future forming” ways with a small church congregation.  We’ve had a great community … Continue reading PATH experiments…

Collaging in the gifts… ka-pow!

Every once in a while someone shows up to a workshop with something gorgeous and I love figuring out how we might incorporate it into our work…  In this case, Matteo, age 8, sent this beautiful drawing of a clone* to help alleviate our fears of drawing in our person centred planning as it might apply to employment workshop.  Oh if we could only all of us draw clones this good!  I really liked how it worked for our “flow of the day” poster. Thanks Matteo!  Your drawing made our day! *this entry altered to correct certain important details.  It’s a clone, … Continue reading Collaging in the gifts… ka-pow!

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

Family Support Institute Training Weekend graphics

I was again invited to the Family Support Institute Training Weekend in Naramata – last year this was a really transformational weekend for me as a parent, professional and I got to test my chops as a graphic recorder and facilitator.   This year we upped the ante 🙂  This is an amazing group of folks.  If you are a parent or have a family member with a disability and need support, contact them to find out about Resource Parents in your area.  If you are feeling like you’d like to offer something to other families which include people with … Continue reading Family Support Institute Training Weekend graphics