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Questioning Chris (QC): What did you do in the old days ? Answering Chris (AC) : I used to help people have difficult conversations, or at least conversations that they thought might be difficult. QC: What do you mean ‘difficult’ ? AC: Well, some of them felt difficult, because they had the potential to leave […]

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(with credit and thanks to Meg Wheatley – author of ‘Who do we choose to be? – Facing Reality, Claiming Leadership and Restoring Sanity’ and also Bob Stilger – author of ‘After Now – When we cannot see the future where do we begin’) “It is possible to find a path of contribution and meaning, […]

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Consultation can be really frustrating for all involved. The vast majority of public servants want to do a good job and understand that effective consultation can help. And, the vast majority of public stakeholders want to be consulted. So, why do we so often end up feeling frustrated and what could be another way forward […]

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For a very long time, I have held a desire to update and improve my website to reflect and honour the wonderful people that I have been privileged to work with and to tell some stories that help make more visible some of that work….. and for a very long time, it hasn’t quite happened. […]

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. First things first, I am delighted to be working on this with Susan Coughlan, an experienced changemaker of great integrity and playfulness. I’ve been around this block a few times, trying to sense (or work out) what would be the most effective thing that would boost the capacity of changemakers (particularly, but not exclusively) […]

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(Sometimes there is merit in trying to keep things as simple as possible ! After years of doing this type of thing, here’s an attempt !) 1. Design and host engaging events and processes that enable the whole community to see itself in all its glorious diversity – assets, warts and all. 2. Support and […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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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