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Lake Forest Park, Washington 98155, USA
What is an underlying question that gives form to your work or interest in this field?
How can I foster collective evolution living moment to
moment in sacred union with universal intelligence/consciousness?
What is your personal experience of collective
wisdom in groups?
I’m a Founder of several groups which practice
self-organizing methods of accessing collective wisdom: the Open Space
Institute of the US; Spirited Work (now in its sixth year) which meets
in Open Space seasonally to explore the appropriate archetype of the
Angeles Arrien’s Four Fold Way. Since a year and a half ago, I
am also experienced in fluent communication group processes. In each
of these cases, we use a self-organizing method in which each participant
accesses spirit, and takes responsibility for what has heart and meaning.
As a collective circle, we access spirit asking what purpose is the
group serving? as well. The group’s evolution emerges from that
practice. My experience is that as the band-width of each individual
widens, collective wisdom emerges with ease and clarity.
What is it about the work in this field that excites
you and connects you to your own deepest self?
My spiritual practice done in moment to moment, day to
day living. My spiritual practice evolves as opportunities for learning
emerge. It is currently the practice of Fluent Communication: a system
of direct connection with universal consciousness which is innate within
each individual. For as long as I can remember, I have practiced evolving
my direct relationship with universal consciousness—unconsciously
in the earlier days of my life, and in the past thirty-three years,
consciously. My practice has been grounded in the principle less is
Please provide a brief storyline or snapshot of
what brought you to this work.
Key factors have been
(1) My spiritual evolution via the study of transpersonal psychology
and the work of David Spangler.
(2) My family life: I am married to a geneticist. We have four children
and nine grandchildren. The gift exchange of our family life has been
crucial in evolving my awareness of my soul’s purpose AND experience
of our transcendent humanity.
(3) My observation of human life and activity in three distinct phases
of my work life:
(1960-1971) as a Founder and organizer of local, national and international
peace efforts involving non-profit groups who had fostering peace as
part of their mission (unions, churches, educational groups, service
groups such as Rotary International, and peace organizations);
(1973-1990) as a multi-award winning Public Affairs and Specials Producer
at KING-TV 5 (NBC affiliate), Using Appreciative Inquiry (although I
didn’t know it as such!!) to tell the stories of people who were
generating miracles in their lives;
(1990-present) as a Consultant for organizations and individuals who
intend to open space for spirited living and continuous learning supporting
the sustainable evolution of people and the planet.
I was a very early adopter of Open Space Technology.
using it in my consulting practice with a range of organizations, including
major corporations, philanthropic foundations, non-profit organizations,
educational and research institutions, arts organizations. I have also
facilitated educational and training programs in Open Space Technology,
Appreciative Inquiry, and Fluent Communication in a variety of venues
in the North America and India.
I have been a founder and principal organizer of cross cultural collective
efforts which involved very diverse participants in value centered emergent
projects aimed at sustaining life on the planet.
My work is guided by these values: Yes..And?, inclusion, following what
has heart and meaning, truth-telling, partnership, high play, and my
conviction/experience that everyone is a potential leader.
How would you like to be available to others in
If you feel I can be of service, please contact me. I
will listen, ask for guidance, and assist in whatever way is optimal.
I am available for whatever has heart and meaning for all. I am not
available for fundraising.
Links to this site or others:
on the Evolution of Collective Wisdom
A Story of Radiant Networking