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Chris Corrigan
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Lumpiness and likelihoods

I was watching this great interview with Roger Penrose this morning speculating on the origins of the Big Bang, and sharing some of his most recent thinking on how the universe might be in an eternal cycle of recreation in which, at certain points in the cycle, size and time don’t matter. My early morning mind connects a lot of things together, and today that video led to a reflection on smoothness and lumpiness. And the universe, mushrooms, and jazz. One of the fundamental patterns in the universe is that there are clumps of matter. This always amazed me. The ...

Xwexwesélken: ways of doing

Xwexwesélken is the Squamish name for the mountain goat, a creature that lives on the high rocky cliffs of the coast mountains, picking its way across perilous and sheer vertical surfaces in search of food and protection. Mountain goat wool is a prized material in Squamish culture, used to weave blankets with immense spiritual and social significance. In the last session of the Mi Tel’nexw leadership course, Chepxímiya Siyám (Chief Janice George) used the mountain goat as her metaphor for teaching about Squamish ways of doing. As a master weaver who has brought the weaving practice back to life in ...

Xápayay: Squamish ways of knowing

Western red cedar – xápayay – near Sch’ilhus, Stanley Park, Vancouver. Photo by virgomerry Part three of the Mi tel’nexw Leadership series continued last week with teachings from Ta7talíya on Squamish ways of knowing based on the cedar tree. Cedar trees, like salmon, are iconic on the west coast of Canada. Just those two images together would immediately make you think of this place, Skwxwú7mesh Temíxw. These two living things link the land and the sea, and they are inextricably linked in nature too, as the nitrogen that salmon bring to the forest make possible the massive growth of xápayay, ...

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At the intersection of power and participation
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Leaving New York today. It has been an incredible four days here working with my good friends Kelly McGowan and Tuesday Ryan-Hart and Lex Schroeder, Aniestla Rugama, Alissa Schwartz, and Aswad…Continue

Started this conversation. Last reply by Chris Corrigan Dec 2, 2011.

Working with power
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This past week I have been in Minnesota working…Continue

Started this conversation. Last reply by Linda Joy Mitchell Dec 5, 2011.

Chris Corrigan's Facilitation tools
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Here is the collection of resources I use in my facilitation practice.  By and large these resources support facilitation of participatory and self-organizing process at scales ranging from very…Continue

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Creating some theory

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Creating some theory

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How did you learn about Art of Hosting (please add the date and place) and what attracted you to it?
I am a steward, experienced practitioner and teacher of Art of Hosting workshops.
Tell us about your experience with Art of Hosting as part of your life and work. What would you say your competence in it is? (new, starting practitioner, experienced practitioner, steward)
Steward, experienced practitioner and contributor
What is the primary field/topic/focus in your hosting work?
I work with indigenous communities, faith communities, non-profits and leadership development and especially with young and emerging leaders in North America. I have travelled to Europe, Africa and the Pacific as well to support learning in many different communities practice.
Where do you live/work?
Live on Bowen Island, BC, Canada.
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Some useful files

An audio file of Teresa and I teaching the Berkana change model from a perspective of hosting mastery:


A recent source journal for the Art of Hosting.

Posted on January 25, 2011 at 4:23pm — 1 Comment

Audio files of teaching sessions from Calgary

From our recent Art of Hosting in Calgary, here are links to a number of audio files featuring Chris Corrigan, Teresa Posakony and Tenneson Woolf teaching some of the tools and frameworks we are currently using.



Posted on January 17, 2011 at 4:41pm

Harvest from the Art of Hosting Calgary

In Calgary last week we used a ning replacement called to host the harvest from our days together.  If you head on over there you will find photos, Open Space reports and an extensive collection of audio files with some of the teachings we did including teachings on the Berkana model of systemic change, a framework for balancing work, co-learning and relationships, the chaordic stepping stones, the art of harvesting and a…


Posted on January 16, 2011 at 7:16pm — 4 Comments

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