Story telling is part of what it means to be human. We are natural story tellers, passing on important lessons through folklore and story since ancient times. In modern times, the best novels and films are narratives that reveal meaning to us that shifts our perspective. In our organisations and cultures, the most inspirational leaders communicate a vision that is a compelling story of how the future can be.
Our life stories are constructed as we remember and connect events in a way that makes sense of our experiences. Inwardly, this emerging narrative becomes our sense of self. Outwardly, we present ourselves to the world in narrative too, acting in ways that fit the story.
In narrative coaching, we are seeking not to understand the facts of events, but the unique way in which each individual experiences them. Everyone brings their own individual story and narrative coaching is a respectful, person-centred approach that can help people uncover and understand their own narrative. Through doing so, we can recognise that there can be alternative stories. Both for ourselves and for our organisations. We can re-construct our narratives and realise that we have the power to be the authors of our own life story.
Join this practical workshop to explore the use of narrative in support of change.
In this workshop you will experience the fundamentals of David Grove’s ‘Clean Space’ methodology, Clean Space is based on the idea that spatial relationships can have psychological and symbolic meaning.
We will be using only a few simple instructions and some key questions in order that you will be able to explore and experience a change to a current issue you’d like to work on. Whilst also learning about the interplay and importance of our inner and outer perspectives of our perceptual space by creating a developing network of physical spaces using only a pen and paper.
This workshop is suitable for anyone interested in change work.
This experiential session will introduce you to The Listening Space – a structured process in which one person facilitates another to explore an issue that is on their mind, using a combination of repeating back their words and a specific set of Clean questions. This could be anything from a problem they would like to gain clarity on to a creative idea they want to develop.
Clean questions can be used to focus on the metaphors that people use to express themselves. When this happens people experience being listened to at a very deep level and can be facilitated to make transformative and long-lasting changes.