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Developing Our 'And/Both' Minds
The world is becoming increasingly polarised, divided. Dualistic thinking and behaviour worsens matters. Here are some thoughts on the benefits of a non-dualistic approach, and how to develop the strength
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GREEK ISLAND STORY ADVENTURE
Frederic de Jager who co-hosts The Talking Table at the island of Lesbos, a place where people stay, eat and talk together, has told me about a relevant, exciting workshop in business ethics. It runs on the mornings of 3 to 10 September. The presenter is Retha Alberts. Afternoons are free to explore the village and the beaches. View more
INDIAN STORYTELLING THERAPY COURSE
Eric Miller of the World Storytelling Institute facilitates this 11-session course in Chennai, on Sundays from 15:00 to 16:30 from 16th June onward. The programme is designed for pychological counsellors, coaches, trainers (of life, soft & communication skills), professional storytellers, and those interested in entering these fields. For full details see here
(Part 2 of Eric's The Healing Power of Story, Symbols in Dreams and Myths now appears in the Members archive and the Halo and Noose blog).
CHINA: HALO AND NOOSE LAUNCH
The Chinese release of The Halo and the Noose was originally due to happen in 2020. Signs were that it would be launched in August this year, but the Chinese publisher has advised that December this year is more likely. Hopefully the delay in translating and readying for that market will result in a better end-product, birthed at just the right time! (There is a Chinese proverb: Patience and the mulberry leaf become a silk robe).
Lori Silverman from Las Vegas co-authored Wiley’s Business Storytelling for Dummies and is CEO of SHIFT (thinking, behaviour, results). She has been approached by The South African Chapter of the International Institute of Business Analysts to deliver the keynote address at their 16th-18th September conference in Cape Town, about future-fitting the profession.
I ran a session for them at their 2017 conference – a great bunch of people who will benefit from Lori’s expertise and delivery. Check out: basummit.co.za
This June The Pastoral Institute in Columbus, Georgia have completed two years as a Culturescan franchisee More are discovering the power of the Culturescan ‘conversations-that-count-process’ as the way to raise, hear and heed the employee voice and move seamlessly into the necessary shifts that arise – in terms of culture, strategy, relationships, innovation ….. The range of conversation topics has doubled since inception.
I’ve learned enough to know that should we have to, or choose to, live more simply, it won’t be an impoverished life but one richer in all the ways that really matter - Yvon Chouinard (Let My People Go Surfing. Penguin Books (2006)
WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS?
On a day like today, my master William Faulkner said, ‘I decline to accept the end of man’. I would fall unworthy of standing in this place that was his, if I were not fully aware that the colossal tragedy he refused to recognize thirty-two years ago is now, for the first time since the beginning of humanity, nothing more than a simple scientific possibility - Gabriel García Márquez (Acceptance speech for the Nobel literature prize 1982)
THE GREAT PRETENDERS
Government by bureaucracy is called popular government; the working class is enslaved in the name of the working class; the complete degradation of the individual is presented as his or her ultimate liberation; depriving people of information is called making it available; the use of power to manipulate is called the public control of power, and the arbitrary use of power is called observing the legal code; the repression of culture is called its development; the expansion of imperial influence is presented as support for the oppressed; the lack of free expression becomes the highest form of freedom; farcical elections become the highest form of democracy; banning independent thought becomes the most scientific of world views; military occupation becomes fraternal assistance. Because the regime is captive to its own lies, it must falsify everything. It falsifies the past. It falsifies the present, and it falsifies the future. It falsifies statistics. It pretends not to possess an omnipotent and unprincipled police apparatus. It pretends to respect human rights. It pretends to persecute no one. It pretends to fear nothing. It pretends to pretend nothing - Václav Havel (Last President of Czechoslovakia and First President of the Czech Republic)
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