Here is a description of one of the facilitation processes used at a Saturday morning (4 hour) session for a community gathering as part of a longer Friday night to Sunday afternoon winter / Matariki gathering. The purpose of the morning: to grow and deepen our community/neighbourhood.
Over New Year, I read a new book by Muhammad Yumus, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, inventor of microcredit, and founder of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. This book, “A World of Three Zeros: The new economics of zero poverty, zero unemployment, and zero carbon emissions”, started me on a learning journey, that led to “Postcapitalism:... Continue Reading →
Introduction: Recently I attended the Australasian Facilitators Network Conference held at Stanwell Tops, New South Wales, Australia (October 15-18). The conference focus was on improving our facilitation skills through strengthening intercultural processes. The title of the Conference was “Marelin, Yarning all ways” http://www.afnconference.org.au/ I gave a short (1 ½ hour) workshop called: Listening for collective... Continue Reading →
Over the last few months I have been exploring decision making processes that can be used by groups and organisations. I was interested in encouraging groups and facilitators to extend their range and choices.
I hope you enjoy this strange but true story about an adventure I had on Monday 29 February, leap day. I sent the story in this form to my neighbours at Earthsong Eco neighborhood. www.earthsong.org.nz Have you seen the penguins in my garden? Some of you know that they are pottery artworks made by the Auckland artist Tony Johnston. ... Continue Reading →
An interesting new completion and celebration process emerges during a 'wrap' session for a hard working team. There were ten people in the group with one additional member who 'skyped in' for one hour during the day. I had chosen ‘self and peer assessment’ as the heart of our schedule with warm-ups and energisers as... Continue Reading →
The facilitator practices their own version of a grounding/ centering process (such as connecting with the body and breath, slowing and deepening breathing: and grounding themselves (feeling feet on the earth and connecting/ feeling into the earth).
Collective Intelligence is now referred to in fields as diverse as revelation and altered states; effective group, team and organisational work; and also intelligence gathering for security purposes. How to make sense of all of this? In my efforts to understand the diversity of the collective intelligence field (s) - I have been googling away... Continue Reading →
Check out Otto Scharmer's recent blog post Neuroplasticity and the Collective Brain by Otto Scharmer http://www.blog.ottoscharmer.com/ Excerpt: Neuroplasticity of the Collective Brain A panel moderated by Arthur Zajonc, president of the Mind and Life Institute, started off with remarks by Richard Davidson, one of the leading neuroscientists of our time. Davidson talked about the neuroplasticity of... Continue Reading →
Here is another example of human - animal communication http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNCzSfv4hX8