Tyranny of the Explicit

March 31st, 2010

What happens when there’s a great conversation going, ideas are sparking off each other, people are energised and excited and then someone says, “we should capture this”? Or when creativity or innovation has to be expressed as a number, you know, ROI? Or when our ideas need to conform to someone else’s model? And how do we make decisions in these complex and demanding times? Who is taking responsibility (or not) for making decisions? And what about accreditation? What’s that all about?

These and other thoughts are explored in this Tyranny of the Explicit podcast featuring the ever articulate and often provocative  Johnnie Moore, and Roland Harwood, Director of Open Innovation at NESTA. Oh, and I chime in too.

And if you’d like to explore more about this and other tyrannies that oppress us in our organisations and in our work, come and join our Crumbs! workshop in Sydney on May 13.

The tyranny of excellence

March 3rd, 2010

Johnnie Moore and I recorded a podcast with David Robinson – artist, improvisor, theatre director, coach and diversity consultant – about the tyranny of excellence, or as David likes to describe it: putting down your clever and picking up your ordinary. Read some background and a run-down here. Download the podcast here. (25m, 23.5 MB)


January 21st, 2010

Two things I’ve been neglecting lately – listening to podcasts and exercising. Lucky for me they’re not incompatible. So today, as I was becoming reacquainted with bikes, treadmills, pulleys and weights, I also turned to my trusty iPod, crammed full of music and podcasts. I had to turn it up really loud so as I could hear what I wanted to listen to over the LOUD MUSIC and day-time television programs.

I haven’t yet got around to loading more podcasts on to my iPod, so I revisited a couple. What’s Love Got To Do With It? is a Hugh and the Rabbi Podcast on Johnnie Moore’s website. It features Hugh MacLeod, Pinny Gniwisch, Johnnie Moore and Euan Semple and rambles around the topic of love and organisations.

Here’s a few take-aways:

  • the importance of intimacy, the ordinary smallness of relationships compared with trying too hard to connect
  • it’s the small stuff, companionship, for example, that holds everything together – and that’s why Twitter works, people nattering about nothing – that what makes it valuable
  • transactions fall out of conversations, they’re not planned
  • the role of authority is changing – once it was conferred and  meant throwing your weight around, now it’s more about having a compelling argument or idea that attracts people
  • “authority is the power to be the author of your own experience”, not in terms of just getting what you want, but so that you create the experience, your voice has value, and you don’t need to take authority from an outside source
  • And on being brave: acknowledge your own authority, say what you think, don’t devalue what you have to say or your ideas, don’t dismiss it, don’t argue against yourself. Start up a blog (or whatever it is you want to do). Just do it your way.

Sounds like another way of saying: put down your clever and pick up your ordinary. I’ve also written about this here and here.

Go here to listen for yourself or to download the podcast.

Playing with open space (literally)

May 26th, 2009

Aussie Theatre Forum Open SpaceA couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be a part of the Australian Theatre Forum. I did a bit of facilitating (mind you it was a tad daunting standing up in front of 240 theatre folk, but that’s a story for another day) and enjoyed being a participant, yes, participant, in a one-day open space facilitated by Nick Sweeting of the Improbable Theatre Company in London.

I snatched a few minutes of Nick’s time to chat about open space and how come a producer is facilitating open space. You can listen  here at WinkiPod.

Learning from fellow facilitators

March 16th, 2009

I love sharing stories with fellow facilitators. In this podcast, Geoff Brown and I chat with Nicole Hunter about her experiences with rural communities following the Grampians bush fires a few years ago. Go here to listen.

Wanna eavesdrop?

February 27th, 2009

Johnnie Moore, fellow facilitator and improv buddy, and I found some time last night to chat about facilitation in relation to a whole lot of local and world events. Interestingly, our experiences are remarkably similar even though we’re operating from different sides of the globe.

We talked about the GFC (Global Facilitation Crisis or Geelong Football Club – listen and find out), strategic planning and control, Roland Harwood of NESTA’s model of conversations, relationships then transactions, local action and the idea behind We20

Oh, and we also explore complexity, letting go of the need for certainty, and standing on an enormous sea of jello.

It’s recorded as a podcast and you can eavesdrop, oops, I mean listen, here. (30 mins, 10.5 MB) Thanks to Johnnie for initiating this and doing the technical stuff.