Podcasts & Videos


Human to Human + Back Episodes

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.

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.)

April 25, 2020 — In The End of the World: As We Think We Know It (16 minutes)

April 9, 2020 — With Casey Tinnin, Pastor, Community Activist, Friend (16 minutes)

March 27, 2020 — Another Systems View of CoVid and These Times (9 minutes)

Fire & Water + Back Episodes

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.

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.

July 3, 2020 — Circle Buffet, Part 2 (21 minutes)

May 25, 2020 — Circle Buffet, Part 1 (23 minutes)

May 4, 2020 — Is this Essentially a Human Experience or a Spiritual One? (17 minutes)

April 16, 2020 — A Cadence of Despair, by Tenneson Woolf (20 minutes)


Other Podcasts

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.