There’s a Stranger Who Wants To Meet You

There’s a stranger who wants to meet you. And that stranger is you. There’s a belief that, after you die, a part of you survives and continues in a new state of consciousness, transcending the three dimensions of the physical world. That part of you is the “stranger”, and if you don’t get to  know…

The Danger of Master Plans

One of the dangers I’ve seen time and again in local government and the public sector at large (I’ve worked as a facilitator, trainer and consultant on and off in there for many years) is that the models of management in place are often based on discredited models from the private sector. In recent dialogue…

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…

A One to One Radical Shake Up

A One to One Radical Shake Up is the opportunity to make some revolutionary changes in your life. It’s a coaching process based on conversation. These conversations create a dialogue that represents a deep dive into your life so far – where you’ve come from, where you are in the present, and where you are…

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,…

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…

Enter the world of change and transformation

You’ve reached the Gateway Page to help you navigate this web site. Watch and listen to videos and podcasts from Paul Levy and CATS3000. Read some of Paul Levy’s articles and essays. Find inspiration in our quotes realm. Read Paul’s poems Read the short stories. .

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…