Down your way – Singapore, Melbourne, Kuala Lumpur

Down your way – Singapore, Melbourne, Kuala Lumpur

Just a brief one ahead of upcoming travels for anyone who wants to meet up.  I’m teaching courses and working on projects in July in Singapore and Melbourne: Introduction to SenseMaker®, Singapore – 13-14th July Complex facilitation techniques, Singapore – 16-17th July Introduction to SenseMaker®, Melbourne – 20-21st July Complex facilitation techniques, Melbourne – 23-24th […]

Round your way – Addis Ababa, Istanbul, London, Kigali, Washington, Ottawa

Round your way – Addis Ababa, Istanbul, London, Kigali, Washington, Ottawa

A brief note – but more trips coming up in the diary.  While there're specific activities at each stop to be done, I'm open to any conversations/quick meetings. So the travel plans are: Addis Ababa: 1-5 September 2014Istanbul:       8-10 September 2014Kigali:           23-26 September 2014Washington:  29 September-1 October 2014Ottawa:        2-3 October 2014 Any good […]

An amateur gumshoe

An amateur gumshoe

That was fun. On the bus last night from Paddington where I'm running the four one-day CSM courses with Dave Snowden. (Tomorrow is on narrative – shaping it, understanding it, researching it.  The next set will be in September – you really should be there! Book it here.) As the bus emptied at Warren Street […]

Admin as avoidance of responsibility

Admin as avoidance of responsibility

I’ve noticed that when I find myself micro-managing people or doing detailed work, it’s often because I’m avoiding the bigger or more difficult elements of my own role. This year, I’m re-learning to hand off things for others to do. At this point, I recognise my role is to set direction, to coach and mentor […]

What are your intentions in reading this?

What are your intentions in reading this?

It all built the market, I believed that part of Narrate’s USP was the perspective I brought to the work – and that at worst it meant that I had a spur to continue to be innovative and coming up with the next thing to keep ahead of the magpies. … I say this, not to accuse, but to give voice to a disquiet I have in sharing some of the practice I’ve developed – I want to talk about some elements I’ve found really useful in SenseMaker® – but I find I’m reluctant to share and that I am disappointed to find myself being guarded and considering my words and thoughts more carefully.

Closing 2013 and opening up 2014

Closing 2013 and opening up 2014

When you’re presented with lots of excellent examples of people’s experience (the Northern Ireland 10,000 Voices project has already gathered 1100 examples of patients’ experiences), the temptation is still to read them all, and act quickly on the ones that strike you. … To gain a better understanding of the issues facing youth in Kyrgyzstan today, we’re introducing micronarratives – young people will collect, tell and interpret their own stories, providing a better understanding of the challenges they face in their everyday lives, and also helping to identify any gaps in the knowledge and skills of young people in order to shape the focus of our outreach activities.