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May 1, 2010

Using Improv to ‘Save The World’

If you want to hear 3 people talking about how Applied Improv can ‘save the world’ … then head over here to my podcasting blog Winkipod!

The names, the voices, stories and laughter from these 2 wonderful people will be revealed at Winkipod …

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anim_winki1Winkipod-cast link – Using Improv to Save The World

Cheers, Geoff

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March 1, 2009

Why facilitation is necessary after a disaster

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Viv McWaters and I chatted with Gil Brenson-Lazan about the role of facilitators in disaster recovery. Gil has 35 years experience in this area and a background in social psychology. He is a co-founder of the Global Facilitators Service Corps (GFSC).

You can download the podcast over here at Winkipod.

Gil Brenson-Lazan



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November 2, 2008

Shift Happens!

A friend of mine just sent me this presentation … it is a great example of the ‘exponential change’ and the ‘revolution’ that is happening right now!

Shift Happens

View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: sociology future)

Karl Fisch at the Fischbowl blog wrote this about this sliedshow and the remixed version that he created:

“A while back Scott McLeod, Jeff Brenman (who did the Slideshare version) and I received an email from someone at Sony BMG Music Entertainment asking us if they could remix the various versions of Did You Know? for a meeting they had coming up. We said sure and they came up with this and gave us permission to link to it. (It takes a little while to load – sorry, can’t figure out how to embed it. you’ll have to follow the link).”

Here’s a variation on the same theme that uses visual images really well …

Now another variation that is just plain text … no images to support the ‘core messages’. For me, much prefer the video and slideshare slides above!

So how does this relate to what I am passionate about in work (ie. facilitation and tackling sustainability issues)?

  1. The way in which people work together, collaborate and get things done is changing more rapidly than ever before. In my facilitation work, I want to enjoy riding this exciting new wave!
  2. As a passionate advocate of sustainability and tackling climate change, social media provide everyone with a voice and a media channel to reach millions of people. For me, I intend to use this opportunity to be a part of (and help to lead at times) real and fundamental change. Change in the way we view ourselves and others. Change in the way we use resources and care for the planet

If you were interested in this slideshows above, here’s some ‘must watch/read’ links that I think build on some of the stats and ideas presented here:

1. Sir Ken Robinson at TED – on creativity and education for the future
2. Clay Shirkey’s “Here comes Everybody” – on the power of crowdsourcing and the social dimension of the internet
3. Dan Pink’s “A Whole New Mind” – on where employment is heading and on using the right and left brain at work
4. Seth Godin’s “Tribes” – about leadership and movements

5. Garr Reynold’s Presentation Zen – The book and blog are great if you want to create slideshow like this

Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did writing it!


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October 7, 2008

Sir Ken is in his ‘element’

I am a big fan of Sir Ken Robinson’s ideas about creativity and education. Thanks to Garr Reynolds at Presentation Zen, here is another interview with Sir Ken.

Part 1

Part 2

Sir Ken has a new book coming out in 2009 called The Element. It’s about how we find that place where we say, “I’m in my element”. For me at the moment, my element is playing with my kids, being in my vege/fruit garden and facilitating – being ‘present’ with a group and assisting them to do their very best thinking.



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September 8, 2008

Interview with Patti Digh at Winkipod

Viv McWaters and I were honored to have a conversation with Patti Digh last week over Skype. We recorded it and created another Winkipodcast over here.

Who is Patti Digh?

View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: 37 days)



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August 30, 2008

More Winkipod Goodness

Another Podcast to download!

Viv McWaters and I have a conversation with Johnnie Moore over here at Winkipod.

Johnnie works as a facilitator and marketing consultant. He has a strong background in marketing and is interested in the human aspects of organisations. “Some call what I do the “soft” skills… or the “touchy feely” stuff. I prefer to think I can combine a certain amount of business logic with an appreciation of the ability of humans to surprise and amaze us. My work ranges from one-to-one coaching through small teams to conferences of 300 plus participants.” Source = Johnnie’s blog

I had the pleasure of catching up with Johnnie twice during his Australian trip. Great to meet the man behind the blog, share stories and get to know each other in the offline world.



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July 31, 2008

Open Space Podcasts

Whilst away in San Francisco at the 2008 World Open Space on Open Space conference, Viv chatted with 2 of Canada’s best exports! Chris Corrigan and Larry Peterson on Open Space.

Over at Winkipod, we have divided this interview into 2 podcasts of roughly 20 minutes each. Enjoy!


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July 20, 2008

WinkiPodcast explores Facilitation with Anne Pattillo

Viv and I had a face-face conversation last week with Anne Pattillo. This chat about ‘Facilitation’ was recorded and published here at our WinkiPodcast Blog

Anne points to the core of Facilitation and this image sums it up. Enjoy listening.



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July 7, 2008

Podcasting the Unexpected

Matt Moore had a chat with Viv and I over Skype last week. We chose to explore the theme of ‘The Unexpected’. Here is the result …

Matt Moore, Viv McWaters & Me explore the unexpected!

I really liked Matt’s metaphor ‘Beyond the Event Horizon‘ to highlight what happens (or fails to happen) after the event, workshop or whatever. The transition from workshop back to the real world is a dimension to my facilitation that I pay far more attention to now.

Thanks to Matt for these Show Notes:
00:00 – Introduction – Sick kids, adrenalin junkies & improvisation.
05:00 – Geoff’s camping holidays: Being Prepared vs. Having A Plan.
09:30 – Matt bounces up and down on the unscripted trampoline.
11:30 – Facilitation begins long before the event.
16:30 – Facilitation as transformation.
18:20 – What happens “beyond the event horizon”? What are the transitions?
20:00 – “Random Acts of Traction” – Before, During & After.
25:50 – The offer of support.
29:00 – Facilitators as Collective Memory.


We would be interested in any comments from listeners out there.

Warm Regards



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June 27, 2008

Winkipod is up and running

Viv and I have just recorded our first conversation about Winkipod … our joint podcasting blog.

Click here to listen and read.

Some great surf photos taken by Viv at Bells Bowl accompany the podcast … listen to find out why surfing has anything to do with our podcasts!


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