Catalytic conversations and writing in group and organisational life, with Shelagh Doonan

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Catalytic conversations and writing in group and organisational life, with Shelagh Doonan

Time: April 21, 2017 from 1:15pm to 4:30pm
Location: Roots and Shoots
Street: Walnut Tree Walk, Kennington Road
City/Town: London SE11 6DN
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Phone: 020-7587-1131
Event Type: awg, writers', group, workshop
Organized By: Bob MacKenzie
Latest Activity: Apr 18, 2017

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Please join us for another engaging, exploratory and informal AMED Writers’ Group workshop. More optional conversations in the Ship Inn afterwards.


"Catalytic conversations can open a window into the complexity of those with whom we disagree...Without a catalyst, we are more likely to avoid substantive conversation, or lapse into monologues or arguments when we encounter differences."

Ann C Baker (2010) "Catalytic conversations: Organisational communication and innovation". Routledge.

About Ann Baker’s book:

‘In today's increasingly globalized world, it is essential that people of diverse ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds learn to work together and communicate effectively. This book offers a breakthrough approach to recognizing that differences among people are resources for organizations to tap as they strive to anticipate change and adapt rapidly in an unpredictable world. "Catalytic Conversations" provides a conceptual framework for understanding how complex communication patterns of social networks influence, and are influenced by, organizational structures. It discusses how to enhance the quality and viability of groups and organizational life by paying attention to how people talk - and do not talk - to each other. [Publisher's blurb]

Shelagh writes Conversation is at the heart of connection and change in our social and organisational lives, and catalytic conversations even more so.  If a catalyst is something that helps bring about change, but is not itself changed, then what are the qualities of catalytic conversations, and how can we help to bring them about more often?  In this workshop, through reference to the "bee effect", writing and conversation together we’ll explore and perhaps experience what makes a conversation catalytic.  Intrigued?  Then come along and find out more

About Shelagh

I have worked in learning and development in the public and voluntary sectors for over forty years, at individual, team, intra- and inter-agency levels. I also have a background in the study of ecology and symbiosis, and have always been interested in ways of understanding how exchange happens across boundaries and difference.  I am a long-standing member of the AMED Writers' Group.

Cost (payable in advance on the AMED web page by Paypal, BACS or cheque here, or on arrival): £12 for full AMED Members; £15 for Networkers and Guests.  This includes light refreshments.

Everyone is welcome, so please feel free to spread the word.

RSVP: If you can, please reply by 18 April (earlier if possible).    Best wishes. Bob.  E:

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