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WATCH: Why do we collude with each other?

Why do we collude with each other? Do we settle for mediocrity because we fear the discomfort of being truly honest ? And does it affect our ability to be creative and innovative?

WATCH: Raising your thinking 3 Initiating Your Own thinking

A broad look at what happens when we neglect our own thinking, and how important it is to be the initiator of our thinking. What happens when most of our daily experience is determined and influenced by the thinking of others and not met with our own active thinking?

WATCH: Raising Your Thinking 2: When our thinking becomes a slave

What happens when our thinking becomes a tool for other people and even corporations? What happens when you are the initiator of your own thinking? This short talk explores how we can let our thinking wither and also how we can recover it and become more free in doing so.

WATCH: Raising your thinking 1

In the first of a series of short reflections, author Paul Levy looks at how to reduce distraction and raise the quality of our thinking. Distraction can be a significant degrader of the quality of our thinking if it takes the form of ongoing distraction, from moment to moment. Digital distraction is a major example….

WATCH: The Abuse of Advocacy

What happens when we create cultures that value telling over listening, that prioritise adocacy over inquiry? In this short video, I look at how obsessive telling can become a kind of abuse

WATCH: Stepping into Inconvenient Variety

This was my new year reflection for 2020. What are the consequences of living in a binary world, a life of either-or, of one or zero? Life has a quality where the spaces in between the ones and zeros may contain the telling content…

The Christmas Chain

She was a new parent at the school. Even though this was the last day of their first term, she felt like a newbie. Lisa had settled in well at her class, though she still felt as if there were some things they weren’t doing right at home. She’d never baked in her life before,…

Teaching Online During the Covid-19 Pandemic

What times in are living through! When we went into lockdown here in the UK back in March 2020, I quickly penned a paper for sharing with the universities I do some work with. I am a part-time senior lecturer at the University of Brighton’s Business School as well as an associate at Warwick Business…

The Rise of Horizontal Trust

When hierarchies break down or fail us, horizontal trust tends to emerge. A hierarchy is a vertical form of organisation. Armies are hierarchies. Many religious systems are hierarchies. Families are hierarchies. In vertical hierarchies, power increases at highly levels. Often (but not always), accountability also is higher the higher up you go. In a bank,…

Let Go

He was full of anger and his friends told him to let it go He was full of regret and his teacher told him to let it go He was full of guilt and his brother told him to let it go He was full of fear and his guide told him to let it…

This is the age when the old become young

It’s become a bit of a cliche to say that children are growing up more and more quickly. Our education system is engaged in an ideological battle between the idea that we should allow children to stay children for as long as possible, and the idea that we need to get them ready for adult…

Conversify – Meet the Conversifiers

Paul Levy Paul has been conversifying meetings, events and conferences for over 20 years. He facilitates and helps to design conversations all over the world, in the private, public and  voluntary sectors. He’s worked with organisations as small as one and as large as hundreds of thousands. Paul is an experienced facilitator of Open Space…

Open Space Audio

Audiocasts Audiocast 1 – Why Whatever Happened Might Have Happened Differently – A controversial look at the Open Space principle: Whatever happened is the only thing that could have happened, and why it isn’t true. Listen to Why Whatever Happened Might Have Happened Differently Audiocast 2 – One Less thing to do. Harrison Owen suggests…

Quotes

When you write for a lot of years, some of your words, phrases nd sentences stand out more than others. In the real of social media you sometimes find your work quoted by other people and you also pull out some of your personal favourite lines for yourself or to humble share with the world…

The Invitation

A Short Story by Paul Levy Part 1 Bethlehem, about 2000 years ago You don’t weave baskets in the evening, let alone late at night. There isn’t the light and it just isn’t done. Tomorrow, my mother, her two sisters and my own sister will sit in the cool shade, working their craft, and from…

Advocacy and Enquiry – a First Look

A colleague of mine, Pete Burden, recently led a session at a conference in Slovenia on Advocacy and Enquiry. When we advocate, we assert, we “put out”, we say stuff. In meetings where there is a lot of advocacy, there aren’t many questions. A lot of the questions are actually more advocacy dressed up as questions;…

Notes from a Conversation about Wretched Contentment

A Group Conversation In this 90-minute conversation, we explored whether the performing arts has become a safe, comfort zone and whether this limits our career and personal life opportunities. The session took place at DandD14 on Sunday at 3pm. (Devoted and Disgruntled is an annual open space conference in the UK organised and hosted by…

Stories of Open Space 8 – Open Space in a Circus Tent

This was a wonderful opportunity to make use of the over-hundred year old Bosco Tent which often travels to festivals around the world with the even more famous Spiegeltent. This was a gathering of the World Fringe Netwrk who invited Fringe Festivals from around the United Kingdom to explore how they might connect and collaborate…

Sleeping on Decisions

A Wise Approach to Group Decision Making I know we’re all supposed to be busy. Somehow busyness has become equated with effectiveness which has an Alice-in-Wonderland feel to it, yet too many people have still bought this pup. We need to get to decisions “quickly”; an effective meeting is one where decisions are reached, where…

Involutionary Brainstorming

What is it? Brainstorming is the rapid pooling of all and any ideas that a group of people can come up with before any discussion or judgement takes place. Every idea is recorded no matter how bizarre or irrational. Enable individuals and groups to: · Problem Solve · Evaluate How to Brainstorm 1.      Keep a…