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Bill Veltrop
Soquel, California, USA


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

How best to evolve the nature of our organizational forms and leadership to approach the design elegance found throughout the rest of nature?

What is your personal experience of collective wisdom in groups?

Marilyn and I are in our fourth year of working with what we call Pathfinder Circles. Some distinguishing features of these circles:

We identify and attract imaginal leaders, players committed to contribute to transformational movement at all levels of system — the core levels (inner, relational and circle work) as well as organizational and global levels. We attract mature, conscious, committed players to these circles.

We believe that metamorphosis requires a chrysalis elegantly tailored to support the process. Sacred space and spaciousness seem essential to that kind of transformation. We choose to limit circle size to eight, including ourselves. We begin each series with a 2-day gathering and then meet for a full day each month. Our space supports connecting with nature.

Our work together is built on the stories of our life journeys and woven out of our ever-evolving inner and outer "10X commitments."

When I think of collective wisdom, I imagine the shared knowledge, beliefs, and practices that exist as an enlivening morphic field. I can detect the presence of a magnetic field by using iron filings. I can sense the presence of a field of collective wisdom by the how people are evolving their state of being, their life patterns, their work, their play and their relationships as a consequence of their on-going involvement with the field.

I experience this small community as a learning/growth vortex resulting in a rich and exciting variety of alliances and co-creative coaching relationships springing up in natural ways. It feels like the pathfinder field is an entity that has taken on a life of its own and is continually finding new ways to express itself.

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

I have this deep sense that the time is ripe to choose consciously to co-evolve from today's devastatingly finite game of business to an infinite game. As James Carse puts it:

The finite game is played for the purpose of winning,
An infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play.

The rules of a finite game may not change;
The rules of an infinite game must change.

Finite players play with boundaries;
Infinite players play with boundaries.

I find the Imaginal Cell Story to be a most exciting metaphor for our times and for my work — inner and outer. I find myself resonating with other pioneering imaginal leaders who share my deep and total commitment to awakening and working together in synergistic ways I'm committed to somehow achieving a seamless integrity that undergirds all these aspects and bridges among them.

I have become convinced that my ability to escalate my contribution to organizational and leadership in the outer world is integrally related to my rate of progress in my inner work.

Please provide a brief storyline or snapshot of what brought you to this work.

I've been blessed with over 25 years of innovative design and large-scale implementation experience with organizations in the US, Canada, Europe and the Far East, both as an internal and as an external consultant. These adventures have grounded me in the challenges and opportunities in the world of complex business organizations.

I've taken three extended R&D "sabbaticals" over the past 16 years. These sabbaticals have led me to some compelling new ways of looking at and playing within the world of organizations and organizational leadership. My first sabbatical was outer-focused, providing me a broad and deep appreciation of the existing field of organizational change and transportation. My second sabbatical was inner-focused. This third sabbatical is grounded in deepening inner work and committed to integral approaches that bring wholeness into all aspects of organizational and leadership development.

Some of the pioneering thought leaders who have influenced my work include Herb Stokes, Bucky Fuller, Fritjof Capra, Rupert Sheldrake, Ken Carey, Ian Mitroff, Stan Davis, Willis Harman, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Thich Nhat Hanh, Duane Elgin, RainbowHawk and WindEagle, Ken Wilber, Paul Hawken, Amory and Hunter Lovins, Janine Benyus, Sally Goerner, Paramahansa Yogananda, Sri Aurobindo, Ervin Lazlo, Brian Swimme, Chris Bache, Arnie Mindell and Richard Moss.

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

I am committed to serve imaginal leaders through direct co-creative coaching, as an architect/consultant on generative initiatives and as a guide to on-going action-learning expeditions/labs. These imaginal leaders may be organizational leaders and developmental professionals, thought and movement leaders, or providers of generative change services.

I am very open to exploratory conversations. Give me a call. From that connection we can mutually decide whether there are further opportunities for contributing to each other.

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