David Pitonyak: The Importance of Belonging, Vancouver, Oct 2012

David is one of my favourite presenters and thinkers, and this topic is one that he speaks about passionately and knowledgeably.   He has also become a good friend and I look forward to his visits to Vancouver each autumn.   We had been in a session the previous day during which Avril Orloff and I had done tandem graphic facilitation and as we drove to the auditorium we talked about it and he said how much he enjoyed it and I said I wished we’d got someone in to do graphic facilitation for this presentation and then our friend Barb Goode … Continue reading David Pitonyak: The Importance of Belonging, Vancouver, Oct 2012

Susan Cain: the power of introverts

Susan Cain’s TED talk has gotten almost 3 million viewers and, more importantly, it seemed for a few months that everywhere I went everyone I met was proudly claiming introversion as a good thing.   These seemed odd.   The first time this happened I was in a group where we were trying to decide how to split up for more focused discussion and I suggested introverts go to one side and extroverts to the other side, and everyone agreed, and then I walked alone to the extrovert side and 19 people walked to the introvert side.   Hmmm…???  So I’ve been meaning … Continue reading Susan Cain: the power of introverts

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…

We are leaning into the future; we are testing the waters… and this is the surprise…

There are a few things I like about this graphic, but mostly I like the idea…  Shelley and I were doing a PATH and the mom, who was so brilliantly present and responsive to the process, suddenly said this, “We are leaning into the future; we are testing the waters… and this is the surprise…”   The surprise is that in that leaning, through the PATH process which engages us in conversations about our dreams and goals and networks (who we will be traveling with), we are already testing the waters, we are already leaning into that future… To learn more … Continue reading We are leaning into the future; we are testing the waters… and this is the surprise…

the vulnerabilities booklet… sssshhhh…

So I’m not quite sure if I should be sharing any of these drawings yet but here’s a taster of a drawing I like, which might make it into the booklet, which Susan Stanfield, Shelley Nessman, Jim Reynolds and I are facilitating the groups of self advocates to give input into. This is for the third in a series of booklets for C.L.B.C., which has this great idea of incorporating ideas and feedback from self advocates to create materials they can use.   (We had nothing to do with the first one, which was just turned into a lovely little film … Continue reading the vulnerabilities booklet… sssshhhh…

Support Networks: A Plain Language Guide for Self-Advocates

My colleague Susan Stanfield and I collaborated on this project for Community Living B.C. with three groups of self advocates from all around the province.    Susan and I have been working together (with Ernie) for more than 25 years!  Whenever I am thinking of things to be grateful for, this long and quite amazing partnership is at the top of my list.   We had so much fun with the three groups, and with Jule Hopkins, who is such a visionary.   We’re pretty excited about the materials that C.L.B.C. has been producing in print and video and glad to be … Continue reading Support Networks: A Plain Language Guide for Self-Advocates

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