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Ren Wei is a family man, OD consultant and convener sharing his purpose on a global level. I have the good fortune to work closely with Ren Wei, along with five of his fellow Chinese colleagues, in the current Art of Convening training. This brief yet inspirational interview captures the commitment he has for being an active catalyst for societal and global transformation. #PurposefulLeadership #Purpose #Leadership #Convening #ArtofConvening #Engagement 2018 Center for Purposeful Leadership The Art of Convening Continue »
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by Cindy Wold, co-author of The Art of Convening Some of us are fortunate to have the Art of Convening method as a practiced tool at our disposal when we conduct our gatherings. But many of us also often attend meetings and gatherings where we are neither the convener nor the host. What then? Well, if we’re lucky – as I often am – the person in charge follows (at least loosely) the principles and practices of the Art of Convening. In that case, there is a sense of inclusion and a predictable togetherness generated in the course of the gathering that is rewarding – and for me sometimes taken for granted. It takes only one occasion every once in a while to remind me of how fortunate I am to have the AoC so widely used in my circle of friends and colleagues. One of those occasions happened a few months ago. Occasion: I was invited to a meeting of people interested in organizing a community group. Here is the anatomy of what I consider a dysfunctional, non-AoC meeting. The host (I'll call him Terry) of the meeting, who I assumed would be the convener, sent a “come if you want and stay for all or part of the time” type of invitation to a 4-hour meeting with a date, time and place via email, and communicated that we would discuss a way to collaborate on an ongoing project that would be made clear to us at the meeting. I agreed to attend, but only for 2 hours, conveyed my intention to him, and arrived on the stated date/time at the designated place. Only one other person was there when I arrived, and she knew no more than I about the delay in others arriving – or whether we’d missed a cancelation email. Since we hit it off well and were having fun conversing with each other, we decided to wait for a while and see if the others showed up. After about 30 minutes we started to think we had gotten it wrong and were about to exchange... Continue »
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Patricia and I are at our publisher's 20th anniversary event in San Francisco. There are several AoC training grads here including Amy Lenzo & Rose Singer. Several of the authors have read AoC and are using the priciples and practices in their consulting and coaching. What have i learned? Its all about relationships!! Everyone is yearning for, and seeking, authentic engagements. lots of talk about using social media and how to have sincere connection online. I'm currently in a workshop now lead by Amy on having authentic online conversations on social media like FaceBook, Twitter, Linkdin and on and on..... I'm asking myself, how we do we, or can we, scale the level of essential conversations using social media using the growing online technologies available to us now. Post your comments below...when have you had a conversation online that was valuable and meaningful? Continue »
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If you are not one of the the 63,977 people who've seen it on YouTube, or even if you are - I receommend a daily viewing of this video from Louie Schwartzberg on Nature, Beauty, and Gratitude. You'll be charmed... Continue »
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by Cindy Wold In Convening and Thanksgiving - part 1 I wrote about the "Inner Game" of convening and how I tend to follow the convening wheel to lay the groundwork for a Thanksgiving gathering of family and friends. I've been doing this internal work of learning to know myself better, clarifying my intentions and appreciating the gifts of my guests for weeks. I covered the parts of the Convening Wheel: At the Heart of the Matter, Clarifying Intent and The Invitation. There are 6 more Aspects of the Convening Wheel. Another part of the inner game for me is to think about what we're going to do together and share my thoughts with those who are coming. I equate this to Setting Context (Aspect 4) for my gathering. I don't send an "agenda" for Thanksgiving, but I share with everyone what time I expect them to come and whether or not I expect them to bring something. Also, I share what we'll do first (usually gab), second, etc. and (very important) what's on the menu and what time we'll eat! Sometimes it doesn't seem necessary to do this (we've been doing Thanksgiving gatherings all our lives!), but I find that the tone is much more relaxed when everyone comes knowing what to expect. I Create the Container (Aspect 5) by decorating our environment with candles and something pretty on the table. I like to have everyone at the same table in my gathering - even if we have to stretch extra card tables into the living room! As I said in part 1, I've gotten into the habit of creating place names and putting them around the table - but people can also trade places if they'd like. The important part is to let everyone know they are welcome. In my Thanksgiving gathering, once we are at the table, I Hear All the Voices (Aspect 6) by asking each person to say one thing they are thankful for. Sometimes someone will also bring a writing that we take turns reading out loud. The first time we did this felt... Continue »