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“I want to see communities in which our interactions consistently demonstrate what I call the ‘other four-letter words’: kind, hope, care, love.”

The Cup & Communication

The Cup & Communication

Michael Leunig is a national treasure. A few strokes of his uniquely wielded brush, some spare and scruffy words… and suddenly a gentle ‘hey presto’ appears out of nowhere and opens us to depths of our yearning and heights of our hope. I was recently struck with...

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Courage to Create Change – Summer

Courage to Create Change – Summer

Grace and I are presenting a cycle of powerful, seasonal, leadership retreats focused on the courage to create change. In late August we focused on spring, using metaphors that explored how that which is nascent within, can be supported to burst forth. On the 3rd,...

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Uh oh… He’s Calling the Police

Uh oh… He’s Calling the Police

A pottering kind of day My son and I were companionably pottering with a bit of work on our laptops, sitting on couches in the sun in our front room on a Sunday afternoon. My four-year-old grandson was there with his little sister. They were also pottering happily....

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The Ros-Lyn

The Ros-Lyn

When I was a kid growing up in Woomera, my dad filled his weekends building a wooden boat. Ros-Lyn, he named her. Half of my name, half of my sister's.  I watched him on and off, this man in the desert building a boat. I didn’t think too much about what motivated him...

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Moments & Droplets

Moments & Droplets

The kids are back at school and settling in. I was walking through the grounds of a school on day three of term, on my way to a meeting. I had to wait for a minute while a single file of prep-aged children, following their teacher, crossed my path on their way to a...

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The Poets

The Poets

Using just a few words, a poet can shift how we sense ourselves, and tune us to something we’ve never heard before. Author and activist Parker J. Palmer refers to good poetry as a ‘third thing’. It brings a presence that has a voice of its own. This voice is not the...

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Authenticity Paradox

Authenticity Paradox

Brilliant sky, searing sun and red horizon. Glittering water, floral profusion, waterbirds, and fish. These are both the authentic desert. I started school in the arid and isolated little town of Woomera in South Australia.  While living there, my dad built a boat....

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Courage to Create Change – Spring

Courage to Create Change – Spring

We can spend our lives running toward change, running from it, or running around in some mix of the two. It can be tiring. Yet every year, spring flows in and shows us grace in change. She has some lessons for us. After winter darkness, spring brings joyful, vibrant...

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Snails

Snails

When I was six, Mum and Dad were building a house and for a year we all piled-in to live with Grandma and Grandpa in country South Australia. Grandma loved roses, although growing them was a bit of a feat in SA summers. Looking back, I suspect the roses might have...

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Bowling Alone, Making Cider Together

Bowling Alone, Making Cider Together

Waaaaay back in 2001 I read a book that influenced me enormously. If we’ve met over a cup of tea since then, you’ll probably know its title. You certainly will if you’ve come for dinner. My two sons say all the dinner parties of their teenage memories were punctuated...

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Thank you, Unsplash.

Thank you, Unsplash.

In the last couple of months I've had a few presentations to prepare and it has been blessedly wonderful to draw down on the incredible images that one can find on Unsplash! I'm a relative newcomer to Unsplash. I love it. My dear friend, photographer and all round fab...

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Teams of Teams

Teams of Teams

By golly, some of the work I've been involved in these last few years has been noticed across the Pacific with reciprocal shared gratitude - it's just grand! The wonderful crowd at Circle of Security International have given me a shout-out here. Can I just say, it's...

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