May travels and learnings…

My goodness! It’s already July, and I’ve still not written here about my recent flurry of listening-related activities and thoughts… so here it is, at last! Elders and Fellows Gathering in Sausalito, CA. The beginning of my journeys, back in early May…  This was a small invitational gathering with a small circle of “Elders” in the field […]

Exploring “growing edges” in Europe…

I’ve recently returned from a two-week trip to Switzerland, Austria, and Germany, meeting with fellow practitioners in a variety of  fields, including group facilitation, organizational consulting, management, and public administration. All of the folks with whom I met, are involved in some way with Dynamic Facilitation, a listening practice designed to help people engage in […]

Open Dialogue and the (helpful) power of (liberating) structures…

Next to conversations about Occupy Everywhere, some of the most alive conversations I’ve been having recently have been about Open Dialogue, an evidence-based, hugely effective approach for helping people heal from schizophrenia, developed by Jaako Seikkula and a community of practitioners in Finland. For those of us still learning about this, Ron Unger’s web post […]

The Listening Arts and Social Change…

I’ve been wanting to write for a while, on how I see the relationship between listening and social change. As much as I love dialogue… and as passionate as I am about mediation / facilitation (especially the transformative, non-linear, emergent varieties thereof…)  I also think it’s key to acknowledge that, on its own, facilitation is […]

First post…

Hello everyone! I am happy/nervous/excited to be here, exploring the process of “writing a blog”… way overdue, but better late than never! This will be a “sandbox”… place to explore, play, mess around, while also posting some content to share with others.