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a library of conversations with friends and colleagues who are working with personal construct psychology in non-clinical settings

fiona duggan – a constructivist approach to people, place & design

fiona duggan "The most rewarding projects are those that find their voice in ways which surprise and delight everyone involved. In the words of one client, we didn’t expect to end up here, but what a great place to be. Unexpected things happen when users and buildings learn how to listen to each other"

 

lucia andreatta – between italy and england, reflections on language & culture

lucia andreatta "In the beginning I think the either/or of England and Italy was very apparent, but as my Nordic self has developed, the two aspects are more merged now. My anticipations were quite loose when I first arrived here, and not so complex. It has been a deeper, more important experience that I anticipated"

 

erica costantini – developing creativity through arts in organisations

erica costantini "I find that working with the energy of the artists is completely refreshing. Their emphasis is on creating something new, on trying things, always moving forward. Our meetings are quite different from the usual effort of meetings in organisations. They are are much shorter, and more energising – I come away replenished rather than drained!"

 

chris walker - pcp in educational psychology

chris walker "I had no preconceptions of what their theories should be – if teachers believed children to be empty vessels needing to be filled, so be it – the important thing was for them to become aware of their theories, articulate them coherently, and understand the implications, and limitations, for teaching practice"

 

barbara simpson – pcp & leadership in the business school

barbara simpston "I find myself increasingly puzzling about organisational life and I believe business leaders are puzzling too. I work best where we can puzzle together – hoping for insight rather than quick answers. When I go in to organisations I am usually impressed by how well they are doing their thing, so my approach is different from that of many others"

 

susan bridi – experiments with 'open space' and the 'experience factory'

susan bridi "I liked the way it offered people the opportunity to work on what they felt committed to, and to start where their energy was; to let people explore where they want to go with it, and which are the most important aspects for them. They are usually much better at pinpointing the key issues because they are exploring their own worlds"

 

liz thomson – developing education projects across cultures

liz thomson "He asked ‘what could be achieved?’ I replied that ’I can’t tell you that’. I said it was perhaps a leap of faith, that by working together we would find out what might work and that was our purpose. I agreed that he was free to turn against it, and that I could pack my suitcase and leave, or we could try something. He looked very hard and then said…OK"

 

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