Helping people move further away from what produces conflict and closer to the relationships they prefer is what narrative mediation seeks to produce. Conflict resolution through the lens of social construction, and framed as narrative mediation, offers that conflict between individuals is usually constructed within a larger community context.
Transformative community conferencing is an approach to community building or reconciliation. As a narrative practice, it embodies a more reflective orientation to relationships and to systems change. How and when we ask questions helps us think differently. It helps to begin to ask questions such as: “What is the narrative here? What is the story you are telling in relation to that narrative?” It enables people to engage and to flourish. When you look at events as stories you can always unpack them to make the narrative more visible to support flourishing for all.
Schooling is at a crossroads. The need for more relational ways of being in schools has been apparent for decades. Creating school harmony with social constructionist practices is one of the pathways to co-create a future for our children.
The forests and trees, and rivers and oceans, and deserts, and all creatures have much to teach us about mutuality of purpose, and collaboration, and respect and values. Paying attention to natural phenomena – the ecology of our planet reshapes what being in community and cooperation means. It’s more than connection and belonging that holds us together, it’s entanglement. We are entangled. Please join me in celebrating our entangled relationships
Mindfulness for chocolate lovers introduces a lighthearted way to stress less and savor more each day, offering a more playful and sweeter life. This is appreciative embodying in a tasteful, olfactory way! And you don't even have to eat the chocolate.
Being still is a precursor to truly listening, paying attention and opening up to possibilities, novelty creativity and aliveness. What is beckoning you? Racing around may be helpful, but being still could be even more helpful.
If you’re interested in human development, embodiment practices, change at the scale of the whole such as the intersection of community, business, education, leadership, life, and learning stay with us. And, if you have a curiosity about exploring the principle of wholeness and embodied practices that invite one another to show up fully, you’re in the right place.
Insights about the embodied brain and why cultivating a conscious relationship with the body matters at all times, especially when experiencing times of uncertainty. We touch on these topics and the integration of neuroscience and spirit. We offer three practical activities to develop an embodied consciousness.
“To embody” means what? This is a naive exploration. Topics include designing experiences that use the whole body and ways that integrate head, heart and body. We vote with our feet, we make choices through conversations that come from where we are literally standing.
Going meta on the topic of Appreciative Leading. Sheila McNamee offers us the social constructionist's perspective: what leading means as a relational process rather than as an individual's characteristics, traits or skills.