Periodic learnings with interesting people. Periodic readings from my blog. Episodes are typically 10-20 minutes, intended to encourage thoughtful and meaningful conversations with self and with other that begin from simple questions — what’s it like to be you… what has your attention now… what does that have to do with who you are or who you are becoming. It’s starting anywhere and following it everywhere.
February 2, 2021 — The Violence of the Binary: The Kindness of Multiplicity (16 minutes): Been thinking a bunch about this one. The subtle ways that too much of contemporary life is skewed to either / or, right / wrong, this / that. The binary is embedded in way too much, acting as a vicegrip on our brains and hearts. It’s an age old issue, perhaps amplified by the digital revolution. I believe our times call for us to grow much more ability to embrace the complexity, the wholeness, the each of us in all of us.
November 25, 2020 — For Guidance In These Times: Eight Orientations to Grounded Journey (18 minutes): From some early morning reflection, stillness, and musing I found an updated guidance system. Eight principles or orientations. You could call them practices. From commitments to simplicity, to being in nature. From tending to physical body to fierce commitment to the inner work. From honesty with pain and challenge to the alchemical path that is joy. From giving and receiving gifts to giving and receiving grace. Perhaps these might you reclaim or add to the simplicity in your own guidance systems.
August 19, 2020 — For Question Designers Everywhere (12 minutes): One of the skills I most rely on as a facilitator, and as the human being that I am, is being able to ask good questions. I’ve learned a few goto reliances that connect people to an ecosystem of curiosity — like the web that connects morning dew in the photo I took recently. Some of the reliance is attitude that infuses simple questions with added invitation. Some of it is the wording that makes it accessible to most everyone. All of it points to learning so as to be in connection and discovery with self, with teams, with circumstance.
July 2, 2020 — With Kate McCracken, Sensemaker, Writer, Parent, Leadership Facilitator (23 minutes): I love the connection with Kate. She thinks so well on her feet. She connects insights. She knows stuff. She’s not afraid to lean to the not knowing. I start with a simple question — What has your attention these days? We follow that through writing, parenting, CoVid, humaning, and a few other topics. I love her reference to “returning to something not remembered.” Enjoy.
May 26, 2020 — From Normal to Now (10 minutes): I loved the recent conversation I had with friend Bob Stilger, that then inspired my blog post of the same name, From Normal to Now. It’s not “getting back to normal” that feels helpful or honest in these CoVid times. It’s more learning to be in the “now” and seriously revising our psyche’s relationship with “normal.” (Program Note — I mistakenly referenced Japan’s triple disaster as 2013. It was 2011.)
Quanita Roberson and I started recording some of our conversations and learnings, particularly as they pertain to our 16 month cohort program, Fire & Water Leadership Journey & Rite of Passage. Episodes are conversational, typically 10-20 minutes.
November 11, 2020 — On Rite of Passage (28 minutes): Our intent with this Fire & Water Podcast is to cultivate wise and soulful leaders. Our Fire & Water Program is both a Rite of Passage and a Leadership Journey. Today, as we enter our third and final retreat with our cohort, we reflect on several aspects of Rite of Passage, and the need to reclaim contemporary initiation as an essential part of leadership in these times (28 minutes).
September 29, 2020 — A Conversation on Fear (26 minutes): Yup, a conversation about fear and how it is showing up in the world today. Also some attention to what we can do about fear, and its relationship to love.
September 7, 2020 — The Need for a Cohort Journey: A Fire & Water Reflection (18 minutes): Tenneson & Quanita reflect on Fire & Water as a program, having just completed their 2nd Fire & Water Retreat, held virtually over five days with a cohort of 18 people, integrating screen times and off-screen times, and weaving focus that appealed to five (or more) senses of learning. They also reflect on Fire & Water as journey and initiation, and the need for such in contemporary times.
July 31, 2020 — Learning Journey: Nature, Presence, Encountering Life as Practice (26 minutes): Lots of fun to harvest a time of learning. Having spent 4 July days together in some work, some planning, some design preparation, and of course, some wondering / wandering, Quanita and Tenneson reflect on nature, presence, the practice of encountering self, other, life. With some appreciation for the essentialness of both being and doing.
July 14, 2020 — About Race (34 minutes): Quanita Roberson and Tenneson have a conversation about race, how they see it in this moment, and what they believe is being called for. They talk a bit about how it shows up between them.
May 4, 2020 — Is this Essentially a Human Experience or a Spiritual One? (17 minutes)
December 2020 — From Uncommon to Common (75 minutes): Recording of a workshop that Quanita Roberson and I offered as part of Myriam Hadnes’ Festival, Never Done Before.
September 2020 — Attachment Theory in Action & The Circle Way, Part 2 (35 minutes): Fun to continue the conversation with Karen Doyle Buckwalter connecting circle practice to health and healing.
September, 2020 — Attachment Theory in Action & The Circle Way, Part 1 (30 minutes): Karen Doyle Buckwalter invited me to a conversation about creating safe and brave spaces that connect attachment with wholeness that can be found in circle process. What I loved in this conversation is the commitment to welcoming the whole human being, and some awareness that a lot of contemporary meeting formats don’t do that. Circle helps restore and invite wholeness, among other things.
September, 2020 — Irenicast: Continuing the Conversation (A Cadence of Despair (57 minutes). My friend Casey Tinnin and his colleagues continue their serious and playful inquiry together, exploring what it means to be in a few engaging questions together that I often ask. Who are you? What’s it like to be you? What has your attention? What does that have to do with who you are and who you are becoming?
April, 2020 — A Cadence of Despair (68 minutes). My friend, Pastor Casey Tinnin hosts me in talking about my publication of poems and reflections — A Cadence of Despair: Poems and Reflections on Heartbreak, Loss and Renewal. This book maps and invites a relationship with despair, including not just the ascent, but the richness and rawness of the descent.
Beyond The Spreadsheet Brain: How To Invoke Participant Brains, Hearts, and Bellies (2019, with Myriam Hadnes in Amsterdam, 49 minutes). I loved her questions. I loved her playfulness. I loved her desire to bridge the practical and the poetic.
Podcast — On Leaning In (2019, with Jim Strader-Sasser, 30 minutes). Glad for Jim’s podcast, Circuosity, and his invitation to me to think out loud about circle as container, and leaning in as needed human endeavor.
Building Leaderful Communities: Capacities and Practices to Support Thriving Transition Communities (2015, 72 minutes audio) — I enjoyed creating this with Jeff Aitken, who unfortunately became ill on the day of our scheduled seminar. I enjoy being part of the Transition and resilience efforts.
Art of Hosting: Participatory Leadership Practices That Change the Way We Meet (2013, 71 minutes audio) — With Teresa Posakony, in support of Transition US efforts.
New Normal (2020, 5 minutes) — This is Ari Kuschnir’s project, “Together.” It was fun to speak with him and be included in this inquiry of what “normal” does or could mean.
The Art of Hosting, Bowen Island (2017, 12 minutes) — This captures some of the spirit, heart, and skill that goes into the practice and art of participatory leadership and The Art of Hosting. I was part of hosting this group over 15 years annually, and learned a ton together.
Minneapolis Art of Hosting (2012, 4 minutes) — From an event I was part of, compiled by Katie Boone, a bit of what 130 people in a ballroom look like.
Rural Ontario Leadership Summit (2012, 8 minutes) — From the summit that I worked at in 2012 with Alicia Evans, Jean Ogilvie, Erika Bailey and others. It represents a shift in format for this conference to a participative format. Captures a few images and impressions for what that looks like. In this case, 2 days with 75 people in a hotel setting.