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
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Delighted to have been asked to host / facilitate 200 or so people at the SDG Forum at Dublin Castle last week, along with a great team – Eimear McNally, Martin Hawkes and Davie Philip. The SDG agenda is enormously complex and challenging, and particularly challenging for governments to engage with meaningfully. It is great […]

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Reviewing 2018

Hi – very happy to say that 2018 was a great year for the Change Exploratory working with great colleagues and great clients on increasingly complex, but also critically important projects, the largest of which was the Creative Education Symposium at the Burren College of Art, looking to help shift the entire education system in […]

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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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Increasingly, people get that it’s all connected, that we can’t do one thing in one place without producing effects in other places (and often producing effects that we don’t mean to). Most of my work is as a Whole Systems Facilitator, trying to do good and create the conditions where more good can be done, […]

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After 13 years are so, Community & Voluntary Forums are mostly coming to an end and being replaced by Public Participation Networks, but who knows what is really happening and who is really working to make sure the good intentions of the Working Group on Citizen Engagement and Local Government are turned into reality ?  […]

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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’, […]

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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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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 …. […]

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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 […]

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Connecting elephants

I just loved this quotation from Kenny Ausubel co-CEO and founder of Bioneers – currently being used to promote an event called ‘Being the Change’ in London this weekend : “It is no longer a matter of connecting the dots, it is a matter of connecting the elephants in the room” I don’t think it […]

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