Monthly Archives: August, 2012

New book chapter – Discursive perspectives in therapeutic practice

You may recall Mark’s recent landmark review of SF in management for Oxford University Press. Well, he’s with the same prestigious publisher again for a new chapter in ‘Discursive Perspectives in Therapeutic Practice’, edited by Andy Lock and Tom Strong.

The book is part of the International Perspectives in Philosophy and Psychiatry series, and features chapters by Ken Gergen, Rom Harré and many others. Mark and Gale’s chapter is ambitious, connecting Wittgenstein, complexity and ‘narrative emergence’ – their term for the active ingredient of SF in practice.

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The power of small steps (and no strategy document!)

I was delighted to be a guest at the London TED Salon earlier this year. The Salon is like a mini TED event, lasting about 4 hours, with the usual mix of 18 minute and shorter sessions from a great range of speakers. The star of the show for me was Pam Warhurst and her story of developing new relationships between people and food in the unlikely setting of ‘incredible edible Todmorden’.

I was particularly impressed and interested by the way Pam embraces emergence in her endeavours – a step at a time, not thinking too far ahead, using what works and building on it… Very interesting, very funny and very thought provoking. Well worth watching.

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