Do you find it hard to make decisions? Yes or No?
If you find out more about both sides of a decision, it may help. Or you just be even more stuck between the two options. What to wear for a conference - that should be relatively easy. It is for me, but not for my business partner.
And what about the ‘big’ decisions? Especially if you are anxiously stuck. How about some different routes towards reaching those?
At the UKASFP conference, Dr Wendel Ray from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, reminded us about Don Jackson, one of the founding fathers of what’s become the solutions-focused approach to change.
Jackson took a view of people not as isolated individuals to be thought about or studied separately, but as part of the small or larger groups to which they belonged. Then any particular individual’s behaviour is seen as them adapting as well as they can to the way the group is operating.
At a recent conference, SF practitioner Chris Iveson reminded us that SF is neither a science nor an art, but a craft.
It was a routine training conference, about five years ago. Between sessions, there was a nice moment when a guy in shorts and long hair played some jazz on the piano at the side of the stage. We were waiting for a festival manager to lecture on the recruitment policy for a Danish arts festival. The pianist paused, stood up on the stage and began his presentation. He was Espen Bardsen of the Roskilde Festival.
Have you wondered what makes the difference between a ho-hum conference and one that leaves you inspired and energised? It can be tough choosing the right events to attend, and you’re always risking your time and your cash. I’ve been particularly lucky with my experiences at the conferences of The Applied Improvisation Network (AIN) and the SOLWorld events, both of which have been flourishing for more than a decade.
As I look from my bedroom high over the magnificent quadrangle of Keble College, the signs are promising for a good day at the SOL2012 conference.
Yesterday afternoon, 30 people gathered at Science Oxford for our pre-conference and enthusiastically learned our 12 Things You Need To Know about Solutions Focus.
Anton Stellamans led a sparkling session, in which he took us on a quest for a different kind of philosophy, suggesting that perhaps SF itself is a different kind of philosophy.
I’m not sure I understood all of what was said, but here are my more or less useful misunderstandings of one or two highlights of his presentation and the discussion from that workshop.
Report of group discussion at SOL summer retreat, Switzerland.
We shared stories of times it was not going so well – from trainings that went slightly off track to open rebellions from individuals or from the whole group.