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Myriam with life and business partner Don Haythorne

Myriam Laberge

Breakthroughs, UNLIMITED Inc.
Delta, British Columbia, CANADA
(604) 943-9133


Myriam and Ann Svendsen


What is an underlying question that gives form to your work or interest in this field?

How do we tap our collective intelligence, systems consciousness, and co-creative power for a sustainable future?

In practice, how do diverse stakeholders collaborate across boundaries (organizational, cultural, political, geographic….) to address the pressing, complex, messy issues and needs of our world?

What is your personal experience of collective wisdom in groups?

Magic can happen in groups, where the ‘many’ become one heart, one mind and one spirit, releasing extraordinary creativity and power. Only rarely does this occur spontaneously and effortlessly. Tapping collective intelligence and wisdom usually requires an investment of time spent together sharing, exploring, discovering, learning, bridging, dreaming and planning. A deeply compelling question must catalyze the group’s central intention. A foundation of respect and civility among members is paramount. Appropriate use of process and design matters. Collective wisdom arises when groups have the courage to go through the chaos and mess of their differences, have surrendered to the possibility of doing anything the old way, and are committed to finding their way through wholeness and integrity.

What is it about the work in this field that excites you and connects you to your own deepest self?

My work is about transformation in groups. I believe a critical mass of aware servant leaders is building in our organizations and communities around the globe, committed to self and social evolution on behalf of sustainable life for all. Any work that serves to connect us to one another, helps us to dialogue and learn together, affirms our heart’s wisdom and our soul’s longing, and empowers us to act together towards a future we all want – this work excites me. As a Certified Professional Facilitator and an Organization Transformation consultant I specialize in dialogue, collaborative learning and whole system change. With my life and business partner, Don Haythorne, I have co-designed and facilitated several hundred sessions with groups of all sizes, in public and private settings through our business Breakthroughs UNLIMITED Inc. Currently, I am co-writing a book with Ann Svendsen of CoreRelation Associates Inc., entitled, Co-Creative Power: Tapping Our Collective Intelligence for a Sustainable Future. We also offer workshops and conferences on the new terms of engagement in our networked world through the Centre for Innovation in Management at Simon Fraser University.

How would you like to be available to others in this field?

• Stories of co-creative power leading to sustainable outcomes in networks and groups.
• Practical methods to help groups develop systems consciousness
• Competencies for leadership across boundaries
• Stories and methods of dialogue, collaborative learning and whole system innovation in multi-stakeholder situations.

Links to this site or others:

Breakthroughs, UNLIMITED Inc.

Centre for Innovation in Management

Co-Creative Power: Engaging Stakeholder Networks for Learning & Innovation (Seed Paper)

Co—Creative Stakeholder Engagement (Oct '07 Conference)

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