Archive for December, 2010

Reflections on moving through to the other side

December 27, 2010 |  by  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments

"I don't give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity." American jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes The Conversare experiment is based on the observation that, for the most part, when we socialize in places such as restaurants, pubs, hotels, churches, clubs ... it is invariably with people who we already know. The starting point was this simple idea: Is it possible to create contexts in which people converse naturally with others who they may not know, in a public place? And find the experience to be enjoyable,...

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Two brief reports and a question

December 6, 2010 |  by  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments

Two recent Conversare events have provided illumination on where this adventure may be headed. I invite you to have a look at these brief reports on them and then add a comment on what occurs to you regarding future directions. One was here in Hong Kong at the venue we have been using for the past few months, the Community Centre in north Discovery Bay. People came from far flung parts of Hong Kong, by ferry from HK Island, from other parts of Lantau and some were local residents. This event was a ‘first’ in there was a ‘host’ making her debut. Jessica...

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The first ever Conversare outside of Hong Kong

December 4, 2010 |  by  |  Uncategorized  |  1 Comment

This took place in last week in Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia. It happened through my being invited to there to participate in a series of workshops and seminars together with my friend and former student, Prof Elfindri (He only has one name). These were on my expertise to do with Open Space Technology (OST), his with Positive Deviance (PD) and our joint perspectives on wholesome people skills (Soft skills). These presentations were well received and very productive, with the prospect of follow up in areas to do with policy and practice concerning health care and education in different parts of Indonesia. Joining...

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