Penny Walker's Blog (5)

What are the chances that I'll fall off a ladder?

I was reminded horribly of our different attitudes to risk a few days ago, when we were roused just after 7.00 by a strange sound.



Turns out the wonderful man who's been cleaning windows in our street for over 15 years had fallen while washing our neighbour's windows.



A--- was lying there in next-door's front garden, his arm bent rather alarmingly under him.…

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Added by Penny Walker on October 29, 2010 at 10:01 — No Comments

Making my work a no-fly zone

Last time I flew for work was in 2007, running a workshop in the Netherlands. I had tried to find a way to go by boat and train, but couldn’t make the timings fit in with other commitments. The last time I flew for pleasure was so long ago that I can’t remember.



I have turned down all work that involves flying since then, but without being up-front about this. I say I’m unavailable or “I’m sure…

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Added by Penny Walker on September 21, 2010 at 8:55 — No Comments

Tasting the Future: tangy fresh process

As you may have noticed, I’m a process aficionado.



I love to hear about innovative ways of helping people have the conversations they need. I love to try out new processes as a facilitator and a participant. I network with fellow facilitators

through AMED as well as the IAF and a facilitators’ group on linked-in. I read about unorthodox approaches, and…

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Added by Penny Walker on July 2, 2010 at 5:21 — 2 Comments

Dancing with preparation and responsiveness

Frequently, my work involves large group workshops and teams of willing volunteers acting as support facilitators. They may be drawn from the client team or from the wider consultant team. They are often technical specialists or traditional communications specialists, and sometimes – but not always - they have facilitation experience.



In a recent workshop, I was faced with quite a challenge:



* Up to 50 participants who we’d invited to help with the larger project;

* A… Continue

Added by Penny Walker on January 25, 2010 at 4:37 — No Comments

What is the job of a river?

Over the last few years, a new way of looking at big plans, policy shifts and projects is to analyse them from the perspective of ecosystem services.



We all rely on ecosystem services, whether we like it or not - and whether we know it or not. We all eat food. We all drink water. We all breathe air. Mostly, in a country like the UK, we just don’t realise that these are ecosystem services – to most of us, carrots come from the supermarket, not an ecosystem.



In the… Continue

Added by Penny Walker on November 9, 2009 at 2:17 — No Comments

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