So… where the hell have I been? Fair question I suppose. I’ve just completed a 3-week vacation in Fiji – meaning that with the requisite scramble to get ready and scramble to catch up upon my return, the last 6 weeks or so have not been particularly conducive to blogging. Let’s get to it.
Below you’ll find a couple of pics – they’re designs of the last few sessions. The more artistic of the two is the design for hosting collaborative space for a number of disability advocacy groups here in Halifax, while the other design was for a recent Cook session. Take a look. If you have any questions or would like to chat further, just call my cell at 902.229.2975 or drop me an email.
In other news, I’ve been added to the Art of Hosting’s website as a member of the Art of Hosting Fellowship – a group of global Art of Hosting practitioners. Check out www.artofhosting.org/thefellowship for more deets. I think the site is a great start at representing this body of work online – fantastic stuff.
While in Fiji, we took part in many kava ceremonies – a traditional Fijian ceremony often used to welcome visitors and, of course, to consume kava (the national drink of Fiji). Surprise, surprise – this centuries old ceremony is conducted in circle! The level of connection and meaning that can be derived by meeting people in circle is a powerful thing – whether it is a corporate workgroup convening a circle conversation or a Fijian village welcoming a couple of Canadians with a generous tanoa bowl full of kava. This truly is perhaps the oldest form of organizing. While not without hierarchy, sitting in circle and consuming kava really seems to bring a village together in a very grounded way. It keeps them connected to their community and to one another.