The Change Exploratory :

- is at the leading edge of conversational leadership practice in Ireland
- is exceptionally well networked nationally and globally with leading change and leadership development practitioners
- is committed to forming new partnerships and networks that make a sustainable difference

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

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About us

I am a highly experienced and competent convenor and host of conversations that matter.

My background (way back !) is in community development, working with people to bring them together around what matters most to them.  Over the years, I have worked in Health, Social Care, Education, Sustainability and with a wide variety of businesses and what I have learnt is that there is a fundamental core to my work; helping diverse people to come together, to get real about the contexts they face and then to be and do the best they can.

Sounds easy and sometimes it is, but more often I meet people trapped in silos, not dealing with those proverbial elephants in the room, not bringing their whole selves to work, not being as effective as they could together. So, plenty of work to do, as humanity slowly moves from unhealthy egosystems towards healthier ecosystems.

I work with individuals, small and large groups (e.g. from management teams to networks of hundreds of diverse stakeholders) using conversational processes such as Appreciative Inquiry, World Cafe, Open Space Technology and Theory U – (these come together under the generic heading of ‘The Art of Hosting’). Also I provide coaching from a developmental perspective.

In 2007, I graduated with an MSc in Change Agent Skills and Strategies from the University of Surrey Business School (one of the U.K.’s leading Business Schools).  The course was based on what at the time was a rare insight – that personal, organisational and systemic change were all inter-connected.  It’s amazes me that anyone ever thought otherwise, that we could change organisations without changing people or that we could change systems, without changing people and organisations, but that doesn’t seem to have stopped us.

I have come to appreciate that my ability to work comfortably at all three levels (personal, organisational and systemic) is relatively rare.  Many people have found that things make more sense when they work with me, because we work across silos and avoid false fragmentation, whilst at the same time paying attention to the important details that make a difference.

I have been a serial initiator of projects helping build leadership practice in Ireland.  I initiated the first Art of Hosting training in Ireland in 2008 (the ‘Art of Hosting’ is a global community of practice using conversational processes such as Appreciative Inquiry, World Cafe, Open Space Technology and Theory U – for more details see www.artofhosting.org).  I have also brought to Ireland and worked with globally leading figures in specialist fields such as Leadership Embodiment, Action Inquiry and Transformative Systems Change.

In 2010, I was chosen by ALIA (Authentic Leadership in Action – rated by the Washington Post as a world-leading leadership development provider) to be one of the co-hosts for their first European Leadership Intensive.

Since 2012, I have been working with the Burren College of Art (www.burrencollege.ie) in the beautiful west of Ireland in the development of the Burren as a world leading venue for breakthrough conversations and the development of the leaders that the world needs in these times.  I have been helping to bring together an amazing combination of breath-taking landscape (one that ‘blows your heart open’ according to the poet Seamus Heaney), the creativity of an amazing art college and the hospitality of a wonderful welcoming community to create a unique super special container for work that is needed in the world.

In 2013, we hosted a Climate Gathering (www.climategathering.org) and a gathering on the future of the Irish Language (www.teachtaniar.eu).  This is just a beginning.  I am delighted to be part of a great team there and linked with some of the best people in the world who support us in this work.

My reputation is particularly strong in enabling people to dive deep, safely, to get to places where transformation becomes possible, whilst holding it all in a light way that eases the work.

I am always happy to talk to anyone about anything (and even more happy to listen !).  The first conversation is always free.

 

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