Category Archives for Leadership


Setting the stage

  Asheville, North Carolina We are about to begin three days of learning together, Ashley Cooper, Dana Pearlman and me.  And 27 other folks who are coming to something we called “the Art of Learning Together.” One of the core … Continue reading

11. November 2014 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Art of Hosting, Leadership, Learning | 1 comment

Deflecting a current

Inspiring action in a time of despair. Our work and the work of every person who loves this world—this one—is to make one small deflection in complacency, a small obstruction to profits, a blockage to business-as-usual, then another, and another, … Continue reading

27. August 2014 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Being, Leadership | 1 comment

How the old patterns die

I can always rely on John O’Donohue: Once you start to awaken, no one can ever claim you again for the old patterns. Now you realise how precious your time here is. You are no longer willing to squander your … Continue reading

29. April 2014 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Being, Leadership | 3 comments

A Better Way to Say Sorry

It’s simple:   I’m sorry for… This is wrong because… In the future, I will… Will you forgive me? But it’s so important.  When you are engaged in work with teams of people and you are doing things none of … Continue reading

18. April 2014 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Collaboration, Community, Leadership | Comments Off

An intro to the Art of Hosting and some mapping

  Back in November Janaia Donaldson from Peak Moment TV interviewed Dave Pollard and I about the Art of Hosting, especially as it applies to transition towns, resilience and community leadership.  That video was released today along with a lovely … Continue reading

08. April 2014 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Art of Hosting, Community, Conversation, Design, Facilitation, Leadership | Comments Off

Cultivating Communities of Practice

Etienne Wenger provides a useful set of principles for cultivating communities of practice as living, breathing things: Design for evolution. Open a dialogue between inside and outside perspectives. Invite different levels of participation. Develop both public and private community spaces. … Continue reading

31. March 2014 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: CoHo, Collaboration, Community, Leadership, Learning, Organization | 1 comment

Creating a mindset to work with failure

Innovation does not come without discarding ideas, trying and failing.  In complex systems with complex challenges, failure is inevitable and desired.  If we need to prototype to sense our way forward we have to have a mindset that can handle … Continue reading

11. March 2014 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Appreciative Inquiry, Art of Hosting, Collaboration, Community, Design, Facilitation, First Nations, Improv, Leadership, Learning | 2 comments

Dealing with your slaves and seeing the world

In a complex and interconnected world it is hard to be an activist against things.  One of the easiest ways that your opponents can neutralize your opposition to things like oil and slavery is to say “we” you depend on … Continue reading

25. January 2014 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Emergence, Leadership, Stories | Comments Off

Time for hobbits

We have opened our Art of Hosting at Rivendell, on Bowen Island.  These words are in my ear, words spoken by Elrond at his Council at the mythical Rivendell in The Fellowship of the Ring.  The council was deliberating on … Continue reading

11. November 2013 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Art of Hosting, Leadership | 1 comment

Staying on the road

Halfway through our five day residency with leaders from the community sector and the Ministry for Children and Families here in BC.  Times like this, at middle of a five day retreat, we turn our thoughts to what comes next … Continue reading

06. November 2013 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Art of Hosting, Being, Leadership, Learning, Poetry, Practice | Comments Off

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