En’owkin – Voluntary Deep Collaboration Across Generations

Happened across this article describing “Eníowkin”, which comes from the high language of the Okanagan people and as writer Jeannette Armstrong describes “has its origin in a philosophy perfected to nurture voluntary cooperation, an essential foundation for everyday living”. As someone who works in the realm of participatory process, decision making and wise action I […]

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The Groan Zone Journey

I’m preparing to host a session with a diverse group of passionate citizens committed to making change on an important community issue. The session is about co-creating a small number of strategies the group will move into action. One of the maps I carry with me is Sam Kaner’s diamond of participation. It illustrates the […]

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Long Walk to Freedom

I read Nelson Mandela’s autobiography Long Walk to Freedom last year. It was one of my favourite books of the year. Here are a few excerpts: I had been reading my speech, and at this point I placed my papers on the defense table, and turned to face the judge. The courtroom became extremely quiet. […]

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Be a Yuletide Storycatcher

After receiving a set of Joanna Powell Colbert’s Gaian Tarot I’ve enjoyed her occasional newsletters that arrive in my inbox. Today’s led me to a post of her’s from last year about hosting a winter solstice story circle. In it she has one of my favourite quotes about the power of story from Christina Baldwin: Story […]

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On Action and Participatory Process

Sometimes, there are gatherings where next steps and action plans are important and necessary and are the reason why we are gathering.  But always?  No. ~ Chris Corrigan This post shares a compilation of insights from various thought leaders in the participatory process facilitation world to help shed light on when action planning could be […]

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