Our current life circumstances seem to necessitate the need to participate in a new type forum, one that involves compelling conversation. Global issues appear to demand an increase and development in human capacity for sophisticated and meaningful communication. The current quality of engagement in the public sphere mostly seems to fall short of this goal. Accordingly this forum is designed with the intention to explore the uses and breadth of conversation as a creative art. If we suspend our pre-digested knowledge and allow ourselves to be curious and insightful, this act of improvisation could allow us to be absorbed together into the spontaneous flow of creative conversation and thus experience the possibility that this new form of engagement can transform the way we approach entrenched problems.
To initiate today's forum as a pilot we have chosen the topic of Conversation, and will feature the author consultant and expert facilitator Sara Rozenthuler with organisational consultant and executive coach Jonathan Wilson. Should this forum prove successful future forums would arranged on a series of topics that have strong relevance and resonance with the concerns of GlobalNet21.
This event is intended to be a shared enquiry not a lecture, nor a dissemination of information or even an exposition of expert knowledge, it is intended to be an organic free flowing dialogue. It will be framed around intriguing statements related to creative conversation, which are meaningful to the above respondents. Initially there will be an interlude of exploration by the speakers on topics they submit to each other for their immediate comments and insights. After this unprepared passage of conversation the topic will be opened up to whoever shows up in the room on the day.
In a novel initiative to share and shape the enquiry in the collective space, early in the evening participants, will invited to select from a small prepared range of short statements concerning creative conversation. It is hoped that some may resonate strongly with participants and therefore could be offered to connect these to the emerging conversation or instigate a new thread of exploration when the dialogue is opened to the floor.
Sarah Rozenthuler is a professional psychologist, organisational consultant and published author. She works with individuals and corporations, providing coaching services, workshops in personal transformation and a variety of trainings in individual and collective development. She specialises in creating whole-system change through generating dialogue, systems mapping and working with the whole person. In 2009, she joined the faculty of the Dialogos 10-month Leadership for Collective Intelligence programme for senior executives Her first book,Life-Changing Conversations, was published by Watkins in March 2012.
Jonathan Wilson describes his career as being characterised by leading change and services through people in very competitive markets. He has worked closely and learned form corporate leaders such as Richard Branson, Michael Bishop, Jan Carlzon and Freddie Laker. Born in the USA, Jonathan has lived in the UK, Germany, and Sweden, with interesting assignments in Africa, gaining a deep appreciation of diversity and culture. He is an expert facilitator executive coach and an expert in the art of conducting purposeful conversations
Dave Pendle the convenor of this forum is a trainer educator and consultant working within the youth homelessness sector and finds his drive to improve these youth’s circumstance has never diminished in 20 years of work in the field. He recently completed his MA dissertation on the phenomenology of leadership development and is fascinated by how this nebulous topic captivates contemporary thought. An committed evolutionary Dave has pursued a path of personal development for nearly forty years and has developed a keen interest in the transformative benefits of contemplation and philosophical enquiry
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