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How can we best help people come together to create the future they want ?

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A Working Group on Citizen Engagement with Local Government have produced what is in many ways a very good report recommending the creation of ‘Public Participation Networks’ in each local authority area, with a conscious focus on well-being and conscious effort to include socially excluded groups who may have been left out in the past and to act collaboratively to steward the local environment.  All good stuff (in my opinion) until you look at the realities of implementation …


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Gathering for what ?

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Ireland is full of gatherings in 2013.  They come in many shapes and sizes.  Some may seem frivolous and some may seek to meet deep needs.

Looking back, four of the seemingly diverse gatherings I have been involved in feel like they could turn out to be particularly significant.  What draws them together is, I think, a searching for paths towards a healthier, happier, more sustainable society, what it feels like to me is many paths to the same or a similar place.

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Places beyond silos

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A lot of the challenges that we face come down to needing to look at things differently and see beyond the silos ….


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Lucky me (even though I am told the horse won’t be there !)

We would love you to join us in this exploration of the leading edge of playful, co-creative leadership.

Why play?


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It's nice sometimes to come back a good while later to somewhere you have done a good bit of work.

Borrisokane is a small town in the north of the north of Tipperary.  It's one of those places that makes you think - if you could do it there, surely you could do it anywhere !

It all started with a few women talking in the school playground about why more wasn't happening in their town ...


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Things feel like they are moving quickly – record arctic sea ice melt – activist groups linking up like they’ve never linked up before (e.g.  Awaken Ireland network connecting with Pachamama Alliance !) – I’ve even had a journal article published !  If for a moment, we ‘go slower, in order to move faster’, then what is it we need to be paying attention to ?

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We live in a fascinating time.  Lots of people are recognising deep systemic problems (e.g. that infinite growth can’t work forever on a finite planet, that excessive concentrations of wealth in the hands of ‘the few’ won’t be tolerated forever by the many, that the most common ‘way of being’ in the world isn’t serving to make a majority of people happy etc etc).  Lots of people want to do something to contribute to big change, but they realise that the depth and complexity of the problem(s) require(s) a collective shift and not just individual actions.

How can people best come together to create the future they want ?


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I’ve long had a difficulty with names and labels – they feel like an invitation to other people to stereotype and project whatever they associate with that label on to you.

So, if I call myself a ‘coach’ or a ‘facilitator’, you are likely to think ‘Ah yes, I know what they are like …. ‘

And we do it to ourselves too ….


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“Trapped in silos we miss opportunities to share the wisdom and expertise that already exists in our people and organisations. Knee deep in doing, we fail to notice the real opportunities that can create sustainable change.”

For further details of this great event read on ….


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I think we know by now that we live in interesting times – an old system is in decline and at risk of collapse and to quote Arundhati Roy;

‘Another world is not only possible, she is on her way.  On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing’.

This other world is being made more possible by people who have walked out and walked on.  The stories of these people are at the centre of a new book by Deborah Frieze and Margaret Wheatley: ‘Walk Out Walk On: A Learning Journey Into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now’ and I am delighted that Deborah Frieze is coming to Ireland to co-host with us a deep-dive learning adventure !


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