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.
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.)
April 25, 2020 — In The End of the World: As We Think We Know It (16 minutes): For a while during this CoVid pandemic, I found myself oddly resisting, yet also turning toward, the idea of catastrophe. In the resistance, I guessed that there was something fruitful to give myself permission to explore. There is potency in going toward that which we fear or resist, right. Well, these 16 minutes are a version of that. It’s six things that I feel I’m learning when I let myself into “end of the world” thinking.
April 9, 2020 — With Casey Tinnin, Pastor, Community Activist, Friend (16 minutes): Casey is one of my favorite people in the world. His energy and his honesty are very inviting. I met him through the United Church of Christ Next Generation Leadership Initiative, at which I’ve been faculty now for three years. Casey brings insight, wonder, compassion and so many other delicious slivers of aliveness in making space for people.
March 27, 2020 — Another Systems View of CoVid and These Times (9 minutes): I’m a group process person, that comes from an orientation of living systems, and that has particular interest in how the humanity of things plays out in a world in which everything is connected to everything. I’ve been afraid with CoVid. Yup. Worried. Yup. Trying to offer clarity to those near me. Yup. Here’s some of that clarity, a few headlines, from my systems brain and heart as I try to follow things.
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.
July 3, 2020 — Circle Buffet, Part 2 (21 minutes): A continued conversation that includes the masculine and feminine of circle, structure for flow vs flood. And some essence statements of the what, why, when, where, and how of circle.
May 25, 2020 — Circle Buffet, Part 1 (23 minutes): Quanita Roberson and I get circly and talk about the different parts of circle that are working us these days. We touch on lots of different things, hence the buffet reference.
May 4, 2020 — Is this Essentially a Human Experience or a Spiritual One? (17 minutes): Tenneson and Quanita have a conversation about the difference between believing that we are human beings that sometimes have spiritual experiences or spiritual beings that are having a human experience.
April 16, 2020 — A Cadence of Despair, by Tenneson Woolf (20 minutes): Quanita Roberson interviews Tenneson Woolf about his new book, A Cadence of Despair: Poems and reflections on Heartbreak, Loss, and Renewal.
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.