GlobalNet 21
 Forum for Creative Conversations - Topic Creative Conversations

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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  • Sarah R.

    An enjoyable evening. Many thanks to Dave for convening our conversation. Here are a couple of questions that emerged for me during our talking together:

    How can we talk with the same spontaneity if there are 40 people in the room instead of 4? If a conversation is facilitated, is it still a conversation? Thank you to all who came and contributed.

    1 · February 23, 2014

    • Jonathan W.

      It was fun wasn't it? 1. 40 rather than 4? Simple. Organised parallel processing. 2. Most of the best conversations are facilitated one way or another - and are still totally authentic.

      February 23, 2014

  • P.Selvaratnam

    At an extremely critical time for humanity like this it is good to know what findings others' conversations have already produced (eg Now For The Long Term) and if we can do something towards alleviating the crisis using those findings. Yesterday at LSE hundreds of very anxious students (and some oldies like me - I was actually there to find out what the future generation want) were queuing up to two hours to hear Jose Manuel Barroso speak on ‘Reforming Europe in a Changing World' .

    1 · February 15, 2014

  • terence f.

    not sure if it reached its objectives as these were not clear. interesting comments and perhaps worth another try.

    1 · February 14, 2014

  • Ed

    This was a discussion rather than a conversation in my opinion, but still made for a pleasant evening. From the written description and profile of the experts, I was partially expecting to gain insight into how to have more creative conversations, but maybe that wasn't the point. Not entirely clear to me how this sub-group is going to progress, but shall be intrigued to see...

    3 · February 14, 2014

  • P.Selvaratnam

    Folks
    Pardon me

    1 · February 14, 2014

  • Patrick B.

    Very much enjoyed the sincerity, contributions and good will of everyone. A great start to the building of future creative conversations. Thanks Dave for organising.

    1 · February 14, 2014

  • dave p.

    Many thanks for the positive feedback, please feel free to post on here thoughts you had about the event and suggestions for future topics and formats.

    February 14, 2014

  • Steve R.

    An enjoyable and enlightening event - thank you all for sharing...

    1 · February 14, 2014

  • Jo H.

    great people, and a questioning dialogue..would highly recommend. :)

    1 · February 14, 2014

  • Dan S.

    Likewise, the address would be appreciated..had tried direct messaging previously..many thanks

    1 · February 13, 2014

    • dave p.

      POSTED TO YOUR MEET UP inbox Dan

      February 13, 2014

    • Dan S.

      Thanks :)

      February 13, 2014

  • P.Selvaratnam

    Let us remember conversations about post-20th century have been going on for a long time - it is not starting today. Time is of essence - each passing moment future generations are getting more and more anxious.

    February 13, 2014

  • Celia F.

    I also need the exactly address , plesae

    February 13, 2014

    • dave p.

      posted to you via the site

      February 13, 2014

  • Lu

    Would be interested in attending if someone would post the address

    February 13, 2014

  • Cam M.

    Hey there! Can I get the address for this? Or is there a place where it's listed?

    Thanks,

    Cam.

    February 13, 2014

    • dave p.

      posted to you via email on this site Cam

      1 · February 13, 2014

  • P.Selvaratnam

    Anne
    There have been so many discussions in GlobalNet21 in the last few(or several) years - many HOWS and WAYS have been discussed.
    We can look at HOWS and WAYS in the context of this report: Long Term Now because it already has many HOWS and WAYS - I just want to start looking at the bit we can do.

    1 · February 13, 2014

  • terence f.

    May I have the address please?

    February 12, 2014

    • Francis S.

      I sent you the address by text Terence and hope you got it.

      February 12, 2014

    • terence f.

      thank you for the address

      February 13, 2014

  • dave p.

    'Creating a positive future begins in human conversation. The simplest and most powerful investment any member of a community or an organization may make in renewal is to begin talking with other people as though the answers mattered'... More from Theodore Zeldin

    1 · February 13, 2014

  • P.Selvaratnam

    Folks
    We don't ave to re-invent the wheel an umpteenth time.

    Alot of people have put their heads together to come up with this:
    NOW FOR THE LONG TERM - The *report of the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations, http://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.u...­
    *October 2013

    Now some serious orgnisations have started to discuss in the UK and in a few other countries:
    http://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/

    Shall we see if we can put in our bit?

    If only many sections around the world can hit this together in the vast and various horizontal and vertical dimensions we may reduce imperilling the future generations.

    I appeal to all of you to discuss the Executive Summary today (pl read it, if possible, before you come):
    . http://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/downloads/commission/Oxford_Martin_Now_for_the_Long_Term_Executive%20Summary.pdf

    I'm willing to bring 15 copies of the Ex Summ ary(less than 2 A4 pages)

    February 13, 2014

    • Anne B.

      Hi P, When I came across this report sometime last year I was very interested in HOW the work had been done. Because the goals were so important and potent, I wished so fervently to see signs of an inclusive, creative process at its heart. When the important people declare to the world their big ideas (often on behalf of those with no voice) we need to feel there has been a breakthrough in HOW we all get there. The very best of minds and legitimate leaders often stay within conventional ways to be taken seriously - the sooner agendas such as this report are intrinsically understood, felt, and passionately owned by all of us, our collective leadership towards fulfilling the goals can get going. I share your frustration, so please do not be misled by our working tonight on HOW we engage together, our collective know-how and use of better WAYS to develop communities of insight and action- in peace, Anne

      1 · February 13, 2014

    • Jonathan W.

      Thank you, P. I found the exec summary very interesting and look forward to seeing you this evening.

      1 · February 13, 2014

  • dave p.

    Late night thought from Zeldin again

    "Without conversation, the human soul is bereft. It is almost as important as food, drink, love, exercise. . . . People in solitary confinement, like Terry Waite, keep themselves sane by having imaginary conversations with themselves."

    3 · February 12, 2014

  • Anusha V.

    OMW! You're organizing a meeting about how to talk to someone ?! Is this after 'breaking the ice'?!!! Geez!

    February 12, 2014

    • Jonathan W.

      Good, isn't it! And even better, it's about how to listen to someone. Even to hear someone.

      February 12, 2014

    • dave p.

      Anusha... Conversation a much underrated activity and one which I hope this series will highlight - the potentially transforming effects of compelling conversations.

      February 12, 2014

  • Anne B.

    It will be a joy to experience this approach with these great co-enquiry leaders! I have enjoyed Zeldin's sessions and earlier on this day I will have been having (trying) 'compassionate conversations' in a central london teaching hospital - love the learning and will try to locate then promptly surrender that inner story [unlike this post - I'm curious about how social media interactions encourage so much more the 'report' talk than the 'rapport' talk... keep coming a cropper with it! - perhaps a factor of too much introspection?!]

    2 · February 11, 2014

    • Anne B.

      'Only connect' E.M.Forster

      2 · February 12, 2014

    • Jonathan W.

      ""There is no way of separating individuals, they coalesce and coalesce, they are 'confluent', to use the expression of William James, who tells us the gap between men is an individualistic fiction, that we are surrounded by fringes, that these overlap and and by means of these I overlap with others.... The individual is not a unit, but a centre of forces (both centripetal and centrifugal), and consequently society is not a collection of units, but a complex of radiating and converging, crossing and recrossing energies" Society is a dynamic, "psychic process" rather than a crowd or collection of already-developed individuals." Joan Tonn, "Mary Follett - Creating Democracy, Transforming Management," 2003. I think Mary Follett would enjoy our conversation!

      1 · February 12, 2014

  • dave p.

    Another comment...
    'Many of us lack experience of grown-up conversation, in which curiosity and respect can lead to self-discovery and mutual illumination.'
    from Brain Pickings website

    1 · February 12, 2014

  • dave p.

    Thought for the early evening;

    'Conversation is a meeting of minds with different memories and habits. When minds meet, they don't just exchange facts: they transform them, reshape them, draw different implications from them, engage in new trains of thought. Conversation doesn't just reshuffle the cards: it creates new cards'. Theodore Zeldin. What are your thoughts??

    2 · February 11, 2014

  • dave p.

    Thought for the morning;
    The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another man's observation, not overturning it. Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

    3 · February 11, 2014

  • dave p.

    Will post a couple of things Tuesday and Wednesday to get your thoughts moving in this direction For today: 'A conversation is a dialogue, not a monologue. That's why there are so few good conversations: due to scarcity, two intelligent talkers seldom meet.' Truman Capote.

    2 · February 10, 2014

  • P.Selvaratnam

    NOW FOR THE LONG TERM - The *report of the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations, http://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/downloads/commission/Oxford_Martin_Now_for_the_Long_Term.pdf
    *October 2013

    I've been sending this link to a lot of University staff and students around the world - a lot, lot more to go.

    February 7, 2014

  • Jo H.

    Hi, I'm signed up to attend this. :)..please could you let me know the address asap. Many thanks, Jo.

    February 6, 2014

  • Jo H.

    Hi, I'm signed up to attend this. :)..please could you let me know the address asap. Many thanks, Jo.

    February 6, 2014

  • dave p.

    Thanks for signing up for this meetup Sara Jonathan and I are looking forward to an enthralling evening. Follow me on twitter to get a taste of the content of the conversations in which we will immerse ourselves . Dave Pendle @luminous2707. See you all soon!!

    January 30, 2014

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