The Art and Science of Collaboration
“If you bring the appropriate people together in constructive ways with credible information, they will create authentic visions and strategies for addressing the shared concerns of the organization or community.” ~ David Chrislip
My work explores the age-old challenge of how we can best work together effectively. The collaborative dynamics process is informed by the fields of contemporary psychology, organizational development, education, ecology, as well as the art and craft of human relations as found in the world’s wisdom traditions.
As most of us have experienced, human relationships can be complex, deeply satisfying when functioning, incredibly frustrating when not. Complexity grows exponentially with each individual and element that is added to the mix. Formulaic solutions rarely address the complex issues we face in a satisfactory manner.
A primary premise I encourage groups to work from is a model that places explicit trust in the belief that with constructive ways and credible information diverse people can create authentic solutions to the most pressing challenges that face them. Both research and experience demonstrate that when people have been engaged and have ownership in the visions and strategies that effect them, the implementations are more likely to succeed and continue into the future.
Methods and Approach
My methods draw from my experience, training, and direct mentorships in Collaborative Leadership with David Chrislip (author of Collaborative Leadership), Gestalt Practice with Dick Price (Co-founder of Esalen Institute), Group Formation and Dynamics with Will Shutz (author of The Human Element), John Heider (author of The Tao of Leadership), and principles of Aikido with George Leonard and Wendy Palmer (author of The Intuitive Body).
I have further experience and training with Interaction Associates (The Interaction Method of Facilitation, Facilitative Leadership and Coaching), Scenarios Planning work of Kees van der Heijden, Future Search work of Marvin Weisbord, and the Fifth Discipline: Learning Organization work of Peter Senge.