Gillian Martin Mears is in Scotland experimenting with a paper-free workshop and Posterous.

I like this marketing visual from Buzz Canuk.   Relationships, relationships, relationships.

It takes such a little to lift people up.  Another Improv Everywhere special via Alexander Kjerulf.

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Ron Donaldson’s blog  The ecology of knowledge is well worth a regular read.  Drop in to enjoy his posts on knowledge sharing, problem solving and creativity.  His latest post features this video with  John Seddon, an organisational systems thinker talking about the obsession with targets and costs.

I knew there was a reason that I had an aversion to the customer charter approach years ago.  Yet still we live in a world that wants to have league tables (currently a contentious issue for Australian teachers). As Ivan Tyrell introduces this talk of John Seddon’s he talks about ‘target obsession disorder’.  This will get you thinking about why we have the waste we do, why people in organisations are demoralised because their jobs have been standardised, and why we seem to spend more time complaining to some companies than enjoying their services.  Mr Seddon does not hold back.

As Ron Donaldson suggests, “it’s an hour long but trust me, get a pen and make notes then buy the book.”  I would add, get yourself a cup of coffee or tea or whatever beverage you choose.  It’s worth the time.

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James Lipton is more recently known for his work on Inside the Actors Studio.  In 1968, he compiled an entertaining book of collective nouns – An Exaltation of Larks - made more delightful by its selection of engravings.  It has been in print for many years and is a must for lovers of the English language.  And it’s just a fun book to own.  (Thanks to my sister for her recent much appreciated gift).

Lipton lists six families of collective nouns or “venereal” terms as coined in the subtitle.

1. Onomatopoeia:  for example, A MURMURATION OF STARLINGS, A GAGGLE OF GEESE

2. Characteristic: A LEAP OF LEOPARDS, A SKULK OF FOXES.  This is by far the largest family.



5. Comment: (pro or con, reflecting the observer’s point of view:  A RICHNESS OF MARTENS, A COWARDICE OF CURS

6. Error: (resulting from the incorrect transcription by a scribe or printer, faithfully preserved in the corrupted form by subsequent compilers):  A SCHOOL OF FISH, originally “shoal”.

Given my interest in genealogy and/or a recent visit of house guests, this one struck me as amusing – A DESCENT OF RELATIVES.

I wonder, what is the collective noun for facilitators?

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Some good reading and questions around the value and facilitation of conversations.

Dave Pollard has produced a great list - Ten Reasons Why Conversations are so Valuable

John Findlay on the need to move from outdated “knowledge telling” models of teaching and learning to ethical dialectical discourse.  It’s about listening to many points of view and deeply understanding what people mean.

At the Rhizome Network, the question is - full group or full participation?

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Here are some links that celebrate taking time to play, explore and be.

Life and Music The end is not the point.  An Alan Watts animation via Andrew Rixon at Babel Fish Group.

I want to go to Tinkering School.  Thanks to @johnlacey for posting this.

A recent Vizthink post pointed to Viznotes’ James Macanufo and the set of visual frameworks he’s posted on flickr for feedback.  For any facilitators interested in graphic representation, these are worth a look.   Thanks @Vizthink.

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A lovely nest of posts around responsibility and action begins with Matt Moore and Anne Murphy proposing their Collective Change Cycle for deliberating and acting together on wicked problems.

In the comment/trackback stream Stephen Collins (@trib) on The next stepIt’s the next step, the tangible action, that’s wicked about all of these problems. And it’s next steps that we lack in solving all of the big problems we face.”

Stephen links to Umair Haque’s The Builders’ Manifesto post in the Harvard Business Review.  “I’d like to advance a hypothesis: 20th century leadership is what’s stopping 21st century prosperity.” He contrasts leaders with ‘builders’ and gives individual examples.  His principles of Constructivism are food for thought.  It’s about individuals learning and inspiring -setting off chain reactions to act – together.

  1. The boss drives group members; the leader coaches them. The Builder learns from them.
  2. The boss depends upon authority; the leader on good will. The Builder depends on good.
  3. The boss inspires fear; the leader inspires enthusiasm. The Builder is inspired — by changing the world.
  4. The boss says “I”; the leader says “we”. The Builder says “all” — people, communities, and society.
  5. The boss assigns the task, the leader sets the pace. The Builder sees the outcome.
  6. The boss says, “Get there on time;” the leader gets there ahead of time. The Builder makes sure “getting there” matters.
  7. The boss fixes the blame for the breakdown; the leader fixes the breakdown. The Builder prevents the breakdown.
  8. The boss knows how; the leader shows how. The Builder shows why.
  9. The boss makes work a drudgery; the leader makes work a game. The Builder organizes love, not work.
  10. The boss says, “Go;” the leader says, “Let’s go.” The Builder says: “come.”

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Thoughts on the essence of leadership from Otto Scharmer.

Create your own dry-erase space on a wall or anywhere really.  Thanks to the Centre for Graphic Facilitation.

Comparing the price of stock photos – Jan Schultink introduces SpiderPic.

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From Johnnie Moore on chaos v order.

Viv McWaters is putting down her clever and putting on her ordinary.  A great post on being the you that you are.

Jan Schultink on the picture resources within Google Street view’s urban images.

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Myriam Laberge on activities that connect.

Gillian Martin Mehers on making dry topics fun.

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iStockphoto - gordian knotPatti Digh asked this question on Twitter.  “What do you do when you are unsure?” and followed the question with  “Doubt can be as powerful and sustaining as certainty….”  (from the recent film Doubt)

Last night I was reading actress Sheila Hancock’s Just Me, the second of two books she has penned since the death of her husband John Thaw.  It’s about her experience of creating new ways of being after losing someone you love.   Quotations begin each chapter.  This one particularly resonated given the thoughts provoked by Patti’s question.

Neither look forward where there is doubt, nor backward where there is regret.  Look inward and ask yourself not if there is anything out in the world that you want and had better grab quickly before nightfall, but whether there is anything inside you that you have not yet unpacked.

From the play Resident Alien: Quentin Crisp Explains it All by Tim Fountain.

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