Working at the edges

Posted by  GeoffBrown —June 29, 2011
Filed in Creative Stuff, Facilitation, Yes!And Improv

Viv McWaters has been my mentor, colleague, co-conspirator and friend for many years now. Viv has a knack of seeing beyond the ‘established norms’ of facilitation and create new ways of working from out beyond the horizon – its quite inspirational.

Viv is a pioneer of Open Space, action methods and in the application of Improv Theatre to facilitation (and life).

In recent times, Viv and Johnnie Moore have been breaking new ground in world of facilitation and facilitation training. Together, they have been working at the edge and applying lessons from improv theatre, neurological sciences, psychology, systems biology, design thinking and a host of other fields. We know from quantum physics that when fields (which are intangible) intersect, new stuff (tangible and observable) is created. We can’t control it, predict it or know when/where the new stuff will emerge … and that’s the discomfort of being at the edge.

In my heart of hearts, I know that Viv, Johnnie and a whole global network of connected people (you know who you are) are collectively cracking a huge nut … disrupting the status quo and creating the conditions for new systems and ways of working together to emerge.

It’s exciting times!

Ever the optimist, Geoff 🙂

PS. Viv, by the looks of both our blogs tonight … maybe we co-discovered our Mojo’s today?


  1. Viv McWaters says:

    Yes, we DO live in exciting times. And it’s always good to have a tribe of trusted friends when disrupting the status quo and operating from the edge (even beyond the edge sometimes 🙂 Thanks for being a part of that tribe. V

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