Author Archives: Jan Lelie

Introducing Creating Paths of Change

The book “(Creating) Paths of Change” by Will McWhinney PhD has been labelled “the most important and original theory of social change to appear in over a generation“. And then nothing happened. Why might that be? The most important reason … Continue reading

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Seven ways to measure the impact of facilitation

Recently I was asked: “What evidence can I produce to answer the challenge of the CEO, community leader, politician, etc. who questions the value of taking a participatory approach at all, who sees it only as a more expensive, more … Continue reading

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Communication as the problem to the answer

In answer to Groups as complex systems, excerpt from the ‘Social Dimension’ of Gaia Education’s online course in ‘Design for Sustainability’ Biological, living systems and their derivatives (groups) create themselves through self-reference and perform autopoesis. We call autopoesis “complex … Continue reading

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What and how on Identity

My dear friend Judith de Bruijn inspired me to start blogging again. I’ll share with you some pieces of my mind on facilitating change with groups and meetings. I’ll just start with the 12 paradoxes of group life. My identity … Continue reading

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EU and the paradox of Engaging

Paul Nunesdea asked in a Linked-in group of facilitators: Do you believe European Union can ever be able to work together as a Team? What would be the opportunities for group facilitators? He added a youtube movie: Yes and no. … Continue reading

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Does a facilitator need domain or subject matter knowledge?

I added my thought to this question. Of course, it here we have the paradoxes of perception and expressing. I chose the latter. As an exercise: answer the question using Disclosure, Trust, Intimacy and Regression. This issue is “subjective” : … Continue reading

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Leadership in crisis

Here is a comment on “Effective Solutions to Complex Challenges are Available Today but Get Stuck. – What is Your Proposal to Get this fixed?” I posted in Leading in a Complex Environment. We have no solutions, but admitting we’re … Continue reading

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Blended Brainstorming

This week, I’ve visited Spilter for a training / demo of their “hybrid brainstorming” tool, computer supported brainstorming, with printing of ideas. I’ve been using this kind of “hybrid” – I don’t like the word, I prefer “blended” – brainstorming … Continue reading

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Capital as the expression of a paradox

Expressing paradoxes. In this post, I hope to explain how Piketty’s book, Capital in the Twenty First Century is also the expression of the paradoxes of “Speaking” of “Expressing”. Paradoxes as emergent phenomena In “Paradoxes of Group Life”, Smith and … Continue reading

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