That First Date

April 20, 2006

Johnnie has an interesting post today about the value of blogging and its “indirect” way of making things happen. He says: But the longer I do this, the more I realise that this blog pays off for me in lots of indirect ways. And I’ve had two or three very…

In order to meet the demands of (some!) readers…I’m reverting to consulting “lite” for this post which I’ve shamelessly borrowed from this site. The idea is to choose a word from each column and viola! instant consulting jargon…and if anything I ever write conforms to this protocol, please operationalize bleeding-edge…

I’m delighted to announce that Interactions has won the contract to design and manage a consultation process for Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to inform the first strategy for arts development in the county. We’ll be working closely with the Arts Office and I’m looking forward to meeting artists, policy…

The director of the conference I attended in France made a short presentation at the last session in which he encapsulated what he and the management had been doing for the 8 days of our experience. “We have been managing boundaries, not policing rules” That’s the most concise description of…

emotion as systemic

April 17, 2006

What happens when you have 80 people in a confined space over 8 days? Emotions start running high, that’s what. And in some cases – very high and I include myself in that description. It’s interesting to find myself in an institutional setting experiencing much of what my clients experience…

consensus as control?

April 17, 2006

We’ve spent about 4 hours talking about chairs. Moving them, not moving them, what they “symbolise”, who’s not sitting in one, who is sitting in the middle of the group, who’s sitting on the outside of the group. Were anyone to walk into the middle of these conversations I’m convinced…

lost in translation

April 17, 2006

There are over 80 participants at this conference, complemented by a team of ten “staff”. All are drawn from the four corners of the earth. I’ve met people from France, the United States, Peru, India and every place in between. The working languages of the conference are English and French…

group relating

April 17, 2006

There is a certain irony in arriving at a conference that is ostensibly about transform-action on a day when the French have decided to stage a day of non-action. But such are the things that these kinds of experiences are made of. I made it to my hotel with 5…