The Staircase of Participation

My work is in the realm of participation. Inviting people together to take part in something, to turn-towards-each-other. This is not participation for the sake of participation but to support change and learning – if it’s about us, don’t do it without us. Cynthia Kurtz describes “In my experience the greater the degree of participation the […]

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High Wire Dancing: Puzzles and Mysteries

I was preparing for some work with a group of church leaders a few weeks ago and came across this post from Tim Kastelle Are You Solving a Puzzle or a Mystery? Puzzles are attractive because, as Gladwell points out, they come to clean conclusions. Ironically, by these definitions, all of the Agatha Christie books […]

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Looking Back…

I love this time of the year. The season of looking back, looking ahead. My theme for 2013 was “more art and heart”. Here are some celebrations and memories from my year… Doing my work… I officially launched myself as a solopreneur, growing my work as a circle-based participatory process designer and facilitator. I’m so […]

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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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