AR+ Personal Members
Personal Membership (PerMems) evolved out of the first AR+ global gathering over Women’s Day at Chalmers U. in 2019. We are continuing to evolve as an intimate and growing group of aspiring/inspiring ARTists, who gather to connect as developmental friends. Our intention is to learn/experiment together: interweaving artistry, science and spirituality into the fabric of our social-eco/eco-social responsible work across different communities of practices. We aim to bring ART (action-oriented research for transformation) alive in - and have it ripple through - our person and community contexts. Let us know if you'd like to know more about joining us in accomplishing more together!
I facilitate leadership and organizational development through action inquiry, executive and team coaching, and whole systems collaborative learning. I also have a growing practice in coaching and OD supervision, mostly in public-sector organizations, with a particular interest in working with internal coaches, business partners, organizational developers, and change agents. Much of my private-sector work is within international and multicultural contexts.
I have recently completed a first-person doctoral inquiry into professional practice and being and doing as a practitioner. It is an inductive inquiry, from which I draw universal conclusions from my unique reflections on my sense-of-self and my experiences of my practice as a series of experiments.
By developing myself as a practitioner, and my capacity to intervene in my own systems and in those of my clients, I, thereby, further develop my practice.
Over years of working on persistent development challenges and the pursuit of opportunities to overcome them, I found myself drawn to exploring their complexity and the behavioral, social, political, and institutional forces that shape them. In my consulting practice, I focus on multidisciplinary program design, learning and collaboration processes, and organizational transitions.
These days I am particularly interested in understanding and telling the story of people’s inner and outer developmental journeys (including my own). By that I mean, how purposefully overcoming our barriers and developing and transforming ourselves and our relationships with each other can help us more meaningfully contribute to a more just, happy, playful, and regenerative world in our lifetimes and for future generations.
I am trying to make more space in my life for creative writing, art, and experimenting with applying principles from the natural world in my work and play.
I am on the brink of completing a long-time book project, a kind of memoir of my first 33 years of trying to learn 'action inquiry' and transformational change.
I'm calling it Numbskull in The Theatre of Inquiry: Transforming Self, Friends, Organizations, and Social Science. I hope to share discussions of it with members of AR+, ART, and the wider action research community.
I continue to question how I, as a privileged white male with from a Scandinavian culture, may join with the rest of the human race in finding our collective way out of this dead-end civilization street we currently seem to be racing down.
The pieces of that puzzle that I seem to connect to and wish to explore further with others involve the intersection of adult development, next-stage organisations and leadership, relational action inquiry, regenerative ecology, and the notion of potential meta-modern cultures evolving.
I am a partner of re:lead where I support the development of business leaders and organisations, and engage in action research initiatives towards this end.
A key life theme for me is how to have global wings and local roots. My interests lie at the intersection of where our current global climate crisis meets our own psychological development and awakening. I'm motivated by the possibilities that arise when individual and collective healing meets creative action.
I encountered adult development theories and action research four years ago, on my journey through motherhood, grief, and my PhD! They are now part of the delight, and the shadowy areas, of my ongoing re-construction.
What I deeply care about is humanity’s growth in the awareness of our essential oneness.
What I enjoy most, and my biggest developmental edge is living as that awareness, co-creating within the unfolding abundance of Life … as a way of life. With their playfulness, wisdom, and compassion, my two little ones, one from here, one from the other life, are wonderful guides in this endeavor.
My main works of love are now being a mom, a wife, a (soul-) sister, a leadership coach, mentor and teacher, and an ART co-inquirer with peers—my dissertation is currently taking shape around a developmental co-inquiry among developmental coaches.
What I would love to (continue to) engage in with ART is personal, mutual, and collective growth as instruments for the expansion of consciousness, and growth through and with grief.
What is in my awareness:
From the edge of moon, the humanity lens can see into men and women
translucent without ego and agenda; only light waves of creativity and connectedness
We are oneness with each other and for each other
In our earthly beings, our bodies hold that gravitational pull
to be seen in light/shadow and feel acceptance and acknowledgment
to be embraced in love/power and not be denied affirmation and affection
How many more lifetimes have we left to give to and receive from each other
I give my allegiance to our developmental work together
Togetherness between us, around us, beyond us
My inner-outer developmental work:
I am healing … leaning into imagery to connect deeper with my embodied traumas, inviting my hidden selves (of different ages) to retell the pains and sufferings, while letting go the struggles and higher expectations that became my adult stuckness. A circling back to ease the un-settling memories and bringing forward the insights that are now available. Join me in AR+ MICA coLAB to explore our own reintegration journey using ‘collage circles’!
As I stumble my way into scholarship, my primary interests in practice and research are 1. how to transform dynamics of gender and sexuality to harness relational power as a life-giving, generative force and 2. cultivating leadership that sources from somatic and intuitive ways of knowing . . . oh, and transforming/democratizing scholarship and research paradigms.
I love adult development and I am playing with mapping and scaffolding embodied sexual/erotic development. I am committed to co-creating spaces that heal collective trauma and inspire a deep, passionate love affair with all of life. When I'm not doing any of these things, I am developing my feral self by rolling around on the floor or wandering through the forest.
A poem composed 15th April 2016; last 3 verses amended 8th October 2018.
Lay to rest, Descartes
She (1) has risen, finally to lay to rest, Descartes – he who tore asunder that which was clear, and held as One so dear, by Heraclitus.
What grave distress and disarray we find ourselves amidst! Catastrophes abound, made mani-fest by man upon the ground, which, in arrogance, he claimed was his inviolable domain.
What shame befalls the man and men who swallowed whole the pill of Grand Delusion?
What shame for he – Descartes – and they, who clutched for power o’er universal destiny?
What shame for those who lost regard for what which held the pulse and purity of Life in tune – community?
That which is riven – into bit- parts and nonsense shards – proves its irreducibility.
We are undone by spit parts, razor minds and boundary lines, used as keys to bend and break the world to man’s design.
We are undone, unless – until she re-turns her in-fluence (2); reverts the thrust that threatens to obliterate her periodic gait.
We are undone, unless – until to her receptive space we yield; to go the way of inward flow, ‘enforming’ Nature’s gathering in.
(1)She refers to Nature as naturally inclusional (Rayner, 2018)
(2)Origins of “influence” – meant “inflow/influx”. In 13-16 Century this turned around to be-come “imperceptible and indirect action exerted to cause changes” outwardly.
I am Co-Founder and Head of Products for Assessing In Action, an endeavor focused on developing team and leader effectiveness software-enabled tools. We’ve developed a Leader Effectiveness Profile 360, the Team Dynamics Profile for teams, and the High Stakes Profile for coaching leaders in change leadership situations. We’ve also developed an iPad app called the Team Dynamics Observation Tool (Team DOT) that allows a facilitator to do real-time coding of team meeting dynamics. We are still very early-stage but we are excited about the future.
I also practice as a leadership consultant through KSE Leadership where I provide team development, executive assessment, executive coaching, and leadership development services to both start-ups and big companies.
I am passionate about developmental action inquiry and post-conventional leadership development, but I have struggled to transition my practice towards this sort of work.
Bochum, Northrine-Westfalia, Germany
My recent learnings are in the sector of science and spirituality and also in teaching about this. Since 2017, when I prepared and carried out a transition training at my own University and later joined the u.lab-MOOC, I am more involved in 1st and 2nd person research.
From u.lab research community, that I am currently helping to moderate, and our meeting in Gothenburg (AR+T-Community) I feel empowered and confident, that this kind of transformative research can change the world. What we need is community, connectedness and practice. My main research interests center around the themes of societal change in my own University, one town quarter of Bochum and the Saarland, where we just started with this kind of process also including the art of hosting knowledge.
My selected photo shows me in moderating and experiencing one meeting in our Bochum-Community.
I love international communities and hang out, and train tools & skills, with global groups such as systems coaches, system design communities, women's circles and AR+ coLABs. I run a small coaching business and enjoy collaborating with women internationally. I am trained as an architect, in Systems Coaching, and in Co-Active Coaching.
I'm working on a doctoral thesis situated within Construction Management and applying AR and Systems Intelligence (Hämäläinen and Saarinen, 2004) in practice. We are a focus group of eleven practitioners from four key disciplines that explore the role of softer (human) factors in interdependent, multidisciplinary collaboration. There is progressive mention of softer factors as an untapped but important resource within the ongoing technological revolution and the future of construction jobs.
My learning edges are first and foremost, hacking the "academic game", i.e., writing and publishing. Second, I'm committed to transcending limiting emotions, and re-inventing myself having (voluntarily) removed myself from the professional privileges of larger corporate settings. Last, I am feeling the ´dimensional squeeze` of our times profoundly.
I help people solve complex problems - the types of problems that have to do with services, systems and human interactions. I am a Strategic Design research-practitioner working in the emergent field of Transition Design Leadership, which is a trans-disciplinary approach to learning, leadership and problem solving that advocates for, "design led societal transition toward more sustainable futures" (Irwin, Kossoff & Tonkinwise). The research AND my own practice draws from Action Research, Vertical Development, Systems Thinking and Design to enhance capacity for skillful leadership in a rapidly changing world.
I am also a recovered professional musician who once performed at Australia’s top festivals. More recently I’ve taken up the drums and spend as much time as possible paddle boarding in Northern New South Wales where I live with my husband and 14-year-old daughter.
I teach and conduct research at an undergraduate university in the northeastern United States. My courses and research focus on environmental and health decision-making. Using an adult developmental lens and primarily qualitative methods, I am interested in how young adults make meaning of lifestyle choices (related to sustainable and health behavior) and the varia-bles that are considered important for personal change. I love thinking about adult learning strategies in real-time. I also work with students in my research lab. We are working on a mul-ti-year study to understand the transition young adults experience when faced with more inde-pendence of and responsibility for their health decisions with a particular focus on sexual health and vaccinations.
At home, I live in an off-the-grid, solar-powered house on a piece of land named, Juniper Hill. Living in this way for 20 years is why I’m so interested in studying sustainable lifestyle choices. Choosing a way of life that is not status quo comes with its challenges. Real-estate value (strangely) decreases (a disincentive to be more sustainable), guests are given guidelines about their energy use which can be socially uncomfortable for the guests especially! When the inverter (changes DC energy to AC energy) malfunctions, it’s difficult to find someone who knows what to do. Yet in storms, when everyone on the street loses electricity, the lights at Juniper Hill are still on.
Home-life and work-life meet for me at the moment and my fascination with the environmen-tal, social, and personal implications of life choices becomes both personally and professional rich.