Back in transit after two weeks on the road. I had two short nights and a day at home to recharge, see the kids, take in the Vancouver Whitecaps BC Place opener against Portland and try to kick this cold/cough.
Things are busy right now. Most of my work is with faith based organizations, including several United Church of Canada congregations who have engaged me to work with them mostly around finding new levels of engagement within their congregations, or in collaboration with others. I am teaching a lot, on Art of Hosting teams in BC, Ontario, and next year Ireland and Utah. I’m back at SFU on Friday teaching Open Space and World Cafe in the dialogue program there. One of my students from last year had a nice article published about her work using Cafe to open up civic conversation in her town of Oak Bay. That one day course, taught once a year, continues to have interesting results.
By far the biggest piece of work I’m engaged in right now is with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. We are hosting 12 conversations around the United States using the concept of “welcome” as a basis for the organization to reexamine their mission. We are using Cafe as way of exploring ways of belonging and we are engaged with Cognitive Edge to do some significant story gathering and analysis to understand how people’s experiences of welcome can be used by LIRS to discern new strategic patterns.
It’s exciting and interesting work and timely too. We have a lady held two conversations in Philadelphia and Fargo and we are heading to Tampa and Tucson in the new year. Yes Tucson. And I’m hoping we can go to Alabama too at some point so we can dive into the work in the hardest places to do it in the US.
On top of all of that there are little bits of work here and there, an extended piece on addictions related stigma in the health system and a house full of school going children, which is a new pattern for us. I want to blog more and reflect, and I’m just trying to find the time to do so.
Location:Air Canada 142 (YVR – YYZ)