Posts Tagged ‘Communication’

  • Listening to the head, heart & feet

    Listening to the head, heart & feet

    July 25th, 2017 | Expressive Change | Cristina Temmink | No Comments

    For inscaping to be a robust organizational practice, we need to refine our listening skills so that we learn to listen at an experiential level. Listening with the ‘head, heart and feet as described by the Barefoot Guide Connection is a very helpful tool to practice this. It helps us to listen ‘between the lines’ and ‘beneath the main text’, to hear not just what people are saying, but what they are trying to say or […].

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  • A conversation with Dayna Cunningham

    A conversation with Dayna Cunningham

    February 23rd, 2015 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | No Comments

    I’m just finishing up a fascinating six-week on-line course on Theory U. I found this 10-minute excerpt from Otto Scharmer’s interview with Dayna Cunningham particularly moving. She shares about her experience as a civil rights lawyer and how she came to understand the importance of developing an individual and collective capacity for empathy in social change work.

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  • Becoming a festival

    Becoming a festival

    February 9th, 2015 | Expressive Change | Katherine Therese Whaling | 1 Comment

    In a letter to her fellow organizers, Katherine Therese Whaling offers a heartfelt reflection on her experience organizing last year’s Muizenberg Festival, a week-long celebration of community-led development in the seaside town of Muizenberg, South Africa. We were struck by how beautifully her reflection illuminates what it means to live an event as a process rather than simply plan it as an outcome.

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  • Calling in

    Calling in

    November 2nd, 2014 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | No Comments

    This provocative essay on Black Girl Dangerous sheds light on how the oppressive social patterns that we’re trying to change ‘out there’ inevitably live inside us and our social movements, no matter how hard we try to chase them out. Author Ngọc Loan Trần invites fellow activists to engage with these patterns more consciously and lovingly in order to be a stronger force for change.

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  • How to occupy democracy

    How to occupy democracy

    January 30th, 2012 | Expressive Change | Baj Mukhopadhyay | No Comments

    When the civil rights movement abandoned its focus on nurturing personal, individual relationships and instead resorted to broad principles and detached theorising, it lost its power. It became coopted, removed from the people who otherwise held it accountable with the gentle discipline that is required in being true and kind to one’s friends.

    I suspect that this aspect is where grand nation-building projects, based on the most beautiful of ideals, stumble.

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  • Taking the revolution inward

    Taking the revolution inward

    January 25th, 2012 | Expressive Change | Aydin Yassemi | 2 Comments

    Any categorization of outside and inside, enemy and friend, good and bad is an illusion of the mind. I remember a quotation by the first prime minister of the transitional government after the 1979 revolution in Iran, who said, “The Shah (king) is not gone, because there is still a little Shah living within each one of us”. His message was that the spirit of monarchy and dictatorship is not gone by the departure or execution of the monarch, but that it could continue in every meeting, every election, every institution, every family and so on.

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  • Bringing minutes to life

    Bringing minutes to life

    July 7th, 2011 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | 2 Comments

    “At this point there was a terrible cow manure smell that came across the lake.”

    I came across this sentence as I was reading through the minutes of an annual general meeting that I attended some time back. It appears as its own paragraph, in the middle of the document, in italics.

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  • Conscious technology

    Conscious technology

    June 2nd, 2011 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | 7 Comments

    Just thought I’d preface this post with a note about my general relationship with technology. In short, I don’t like to be around it. I find computer monitors mind numbing. Keyboards send sharp pains up my right arm. I spent many years resisting pressures to buy a cell phone. True, I did organize my entire […]

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  • Appreciative feedback triads: Kupa humbowo muhutatu

    Appreciative feedback triads: Kupa humbowo muhutatu

    March 7th, 2011 | Expressive Change | Warren Nilsson & Tana Paddock | 1 Comment

    At Kufunda Learning Village, we’ve recently experimented with a powerful exercise called ‘Appreciative Feedback Triads’ or ‘Kupa humbowo muhutatu’ in Shona. Here’s how it works…

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  • Sounding

    Sounding

    February 24th, 2011 | Expressive Change | Warren Nilsson | 4 Comments

    The most catalytic organizational practice I’ve encountered lately is humblingly simple. It involves nothing more than pausing in the middle of a meeting or discussion and going around the room to hear from each person how they are actually experiencing the issue at hand – right now, in the moment. It seems like an obvious […]

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