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“Did we go about together?” My Aunt and Alzheimer’s

“Did we go about together?” My Aunt and Alzheimer’s

90 and where she would rather not be My 90-year-old aunt Elspeth lives in a nursing home where she would rather not be. Ellie, as she likes to be called, would prefer to be at home in her own flat with a view of her beloved Pentland Hills. Ellie looks like a Celtic Queen. She is … Continued

What weapons are in the arsenal of a CELTA teacher?

What weapons are in the arsenal of a CELTA teacher?

How I became a language Geek I’ve just taken an intensive CELTA course, and I passed. This means I can teach English to adults and teenagers without being too much of a danger to them or to myself. When I was an undergraduate I taught English in a Paris lycée very badly. It was a lycée technique that … Continued

Plain English introduction to U Theory: how to create innovative solutions collectively

Plain English introduction to U Theory: how to create innovative solutions collectively

U Theory in plain English U theory is a process that is profound, powerful and practical. But it seems to me that U Theory believers use so much jargon that they are in danger of turning it into a cult. One day I decided to try to explain U Theory in plain English. The is the result. U … Continued

Six Training Hats

Six Training Hats

People who work with groups wear different hats. I’ve learned a lot from the gym instructors at the London Central YMCA who don’t actually wear hats, yet. “Don’t give up now, push yourself, see if you can work just a little bit faster” The YMCA instructors motivate and manage groups of people – mainly office … Continued

Finding Leverage Points for Learning: Titi Tade discovers the value of allowing her medical social work students to digress

Finding Leverage Points for Learning: Titi Tade discovers the value of allowing her medical social work students to digress

Pure water? “Pure water” in Nigeria refers to a sealed polythene sachet containing 500mls of water at a minimum cost of ₦5 ($0.03 or £0.02) per sachet. It is available on every street corner across the country in both urban and rural settings. The “pure water” phenomenon started in Nigeria sometime in the 1990’s as … Continued

Breathe in, breathe out: how to regain your resilience by Chris Grieve, Executive Director, Edge Certified Foundation

Breathe in, breathe out: how to regain your resilience by Chris Grieve, Executive Director, Edge Certified Foundation

As coaches, facilitators and leaders we are enablers of others’ genius – it is our job to help others access and manifest their potential, their inner genius. In my experience in all three roles, I have discovered that providing people with the tools to do their best thinking, their best work, bring their best selves … Continued

What have self licking lollipops got to do with sustainability leadership?

What have self licking lollipops got to do with sustainability leadership?

Remind me about the 5 Ps? I’m reading a book by a former British Army Officer, Frank Ledwige, about the British Army in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ledwige is highly critical of the army’s culture and approach. He blames the generals and the politicians for failing to plan for what would happen after the invasion of Iraq. … Continued

The importance of strategic ignorance by John Lewis, President and Founder of Intelligent Futures

The importance of strategic ignorance by John Lewis, President and Founder of Intelligent Futures

  “Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.” – Isaac Asimov One of our core areas of work at Intelligent Futures is community engagement. We aim to structure meaningful, authentic and transparent conversations with communities about issues, plans or developments … Continued

Four steps to a universal principle of facilitation by Martin Gilbraith, former IAF Chair and IAF Europe Director

Four steps to a universal principle of facilitation by Martin Gilbraith, former IAF Chair and IAF Europe Director

Is there a single, universal principle of facilitation? At a recent monthly meet-up of the International Association of Facilitators in London, the question was posed “is there a single, universal principle of facilitation?” More to the point of course, if there is – what is it! It didn’t take me long to think and respond … Continued

2013 Transitions

2013 Transitions

January Taking myself to market This is a blog about how I made the transition from employed to self-employed. According to Dan Pink, to sell is human. So I took myself to market and I sold! I try to sell myself quietly, and I also notice how other people sell themselves to me. One day, after a … Continued