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Quick Reflections on a 13-Year-Old Blog

Wed, 31 May 2017 19:16:59 +0000

Last Friday my calendar reminded me that this, my second attempt at blogging, has been in the works for 13 years. I went solo in 1997. Time does fly. YAY! I asked on Twitter yesterday what I should blog about in response and here were the suggestions: Eugene Eric Kim:  Write a sentence noting the occasion followed … Continue reading Quick Reflections on a 13-Year-Old Blog



What triggers us to adopt new facilitation and engagement processes?

Wed, 31 May 2017 19:05:27 +0000

(Note: currently the images on this post have gone missing. I’m working on it!) I have developed an enormous backlog of things to write about my learnings from my Liberating Structures practice. Sometimes I need a little kick in the keister, so this tweet got me rolling from @TrustedSharing “Any ideas on events that get … Continue reading What triggers us to adopt new facilitation and engagement processes?



Group Process Design Principles in Times of Turbulence

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:19:01 +0000

Ready for a thinking ramble? Payoff isn’t until the end. Fair warning! I have found myself pointing to Donella Meadows’ “Leverage Places: Where to Intervene in a System” more and more these days.  First surfaced in the Whole Earth Catalog in 1997, and expanded in 1999, the essay resonated with me then and continues today. Read … Continue reading Group Process Design Principles in Times of Turbulence



Lessons from VizEd Vancouver

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:09:22 +0000

The fabulous Tracy Kelly of BC Campus invited me north to Vancouver to co-facilitate two workshops, one on graphic facilitation in higher education (“VizEd“), and the second a larger team collaborative Liberating Structures 2 day immersion workshop. In keeping with my debrief/reflection practice, here are my lessons from the sold-out GF workshop. First, it was a … Continue reading Lessons from VizEd Vancouver



Responding to Clark Quinn: Technology or preparation? 

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 20:51:06 +0000

Clark Quinn has a great provocation on his blog today. I ‘ll share a quote, then reply. So, many of the things we’re doing are driven by bad implementation. And that’s what I started wondering: are we using smart technology to enhance an optimized workforce, or to make up for a lack of adequate preparation?  We could … Continue reading Responding to Clark Quinn: Technology or preparation? 



Lessons from a Crazy MAFN Multi-Sensory Webinar

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 23:17:09 +0000

Warning: Long post suitable for process geeks and lovers of detail. The rest of you might want to skip to the bottom and download the annotated slides PDF! For the last few years I’ve enjoyed presenting a 90 minute synchronous session for the Mid Atlantic Facilitators Network, or MAFN. The hosting team is top notch, … Continue reading Lessons from a Crazy MAFN Multi-Sensory Webinar



Event: Preparing Teachers of Refugees

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 13:55:34 +0000

Diana Woolis, a friend and colleague at the Carey Institute for Global Good is convening an online event that begins soon and culminates on March 14-16. It will focus on preparing teachers of refugees. Please join me and other educators from around the world in  Action for Teachers of Refugees a free global online event about … Continue reading Event: Preparing Teachers of Refugees



KM4Dev and Bev and Etienne Wenger-Trayner – April 6-7 2017

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 19:14:52 +0000

Care about communities of practice? Care about how we build and share knowledge in any context? In international development? Like hanging out with fun and interesting people? Then get yourself registered for a regional KM4Dev gathering here in Seattle on April 6-7. Our focus is communities of practice: the heaven and everything else. (Registration) Our … Continue reading KM4Dev and Bev and Etienne Wenger-Trayner – April 6-7 2017



Following Up After a Liberating Structures Facilitated Event

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 23:57:14 +0000

In late January I helped plan and facilitate the INGENEAS Global Symposium, a gathering of academics, researchers, practitioners, business people and policy makers interested in the role of gender and nutrition in rural agricultural extension services in the developing world. We used Liberating Structures extensively throughout the 3 day event. Have you ever had the … Continue reading Following Up After a Liberating Structures Facilitated Event



Wanderings of a Liberating Structures Practitioner – Part 2 the practice

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:23:50 +0000

This second post will describe the Liberating Structures string used at the Fire Adapted Communities Network three day retreat in Ashland, Oregon earlier this month to demonstrate the application of LS for strategic planning in contexts that are portfolio based, complex and full of (good!) people, all mentioned in part 1 where it all started. The Fire Adapted … Continue reading Wanderings of a Liberating Structures Practitioner – Part 2 the practice