These are links to organizations, associations, and individuals who have inspired and guided our work in ongoing learning:
Margaret Wheatley’s work has been a great inspiration in seeing organizations and communities through the lens of living systems theory. She has also been inspirational in situating leadership in all of us – we are all potential leaders. She has written several books that follow her own development in inspiring leadership as well as developing practical ways to situate leadership in community.
In 1992, Margaret Wheatley co-founded the Berkana Institute, whose message is “whatever the problem is, community is the answer” – working within community is how sustainable solutions emerge and thrive. The Berkana Institute has worked in locations across our continent and in the world, bringing communities together to develop their own unique solutions.
The Art of Hosting community of practice arises from the Berkana Institute. Art of Hosting (AOH) is a facilitative tool that is offered to deepen dialogue and conversation; this process supports the evolution of participatory leadership in organizations, families, and communities. The Art of Hosting community of practice has grown into a global community reaching into many sectors, and supporting many agents of change.
We are living in a very interesting time, in the fields of counselling and healing practices. Neuroscience is rapidly expanding our understanding of our lifespan development, our mind/body connection, and how our connections to each other, in relationships, and in our environment, are biologically linked to human growth and health.
Daniel Siegal is a psychiatrist and teacher, who has done a great deal of work in this area and he offers ways to understand the role and use of neuroscience in our daily lives. He has written several books that help us see the connections of our mind/body in self and in relationships.
Daniel Siegal is the founder of the Mindsight Institute, which provides accessible tools and understanding of the human mind and it’s connection to the cultivation of well being.
Ecopsychology is of great interest to me as it captures the understanding of the natural healing processes that are available to us by connecting to nature, and spending time in nature. As a counselor and facilitator, I have been inspired by the Holos Institute’s work in grounding counselling practices in ecopsychology. This is an approach that reconnects our selves to our environment and natural world in the processes of healing.
Joanna Macy, an eco-philosopher has been an inspiration to many working in ecopsychology. She has dedicated her work to working for peace, justice and ecology. She offers beautiful reflections on the deep ecology of our being, and situates us within the larger web of life.