I was raised in Slovenia (then Yugoslavia), to witness my homeland disintegrating into presently six entities at the age of 22. Even though Slovenia was little affected by the Yugoslav Wars, it was a major shift in my life: from slow-paced soft Communism (bordering on Socialism) to turbocapitalism based on a radically different set of assumptions and values from the ones I grew up with. In hindsight, this lived experience has richly informed my inquiry about the ways we as humans build communities, economies, ecologies and states.
An avid traveler ever since I was 16, I have always been interested in the cultural conditioning of my ways of thinking: from national to family to generational and organizational cultures. Each of them co-shapes the stories I tell about myself, my place in the world, and the future that I am able to imagine.
Graduating from the University in Ljubljana (MSc in Crosscultural Communication), I worked for ten years as marketing and public relations consultant (a rather new profession in the then young, independent Slovenia). Since 2002, I have been working in the areas of organizational and personal development; capitalizing on my life-long inquiry:
- What fosters aliveness and contribution in family, workplace, community?
- What is possible when people align around their shared hopes and visions?
- How to create spaces in which people reconnect across divides – meeting at the levels of deep human longings?
- How to co-imagine inspired futures in contexts marked by conflict and despair?
- How to guide strategic dialogues towards wise decisions and committed actions?
I work with groups (either within organisations, or open ones) on strategic issues; creating spaces in which people hear the whole picture as well as each other – as a basis for co-creating wise options.
Promoting the power of participatory strategic dialogues, I serve as the president of the Slovenian Association of Facilitators (Chapter Slovenia within the International Association of Facilititators ).
I am a Certified Professional Facilitator, Art of Hosting Conversations That Matter national steward, CNVC-certified trainer in nonviolent communication and contemporary rites-of-passage guide trained with the School of Lost Borders.
Living in sLOVEnia, where connection to the land is in our bones, I am also exploring ways to re-claim wholeness (as persons, communities, teams and organisations) inspired by nature’s wisdom.
While based in Slovenia, I work internationally wherever I am invited.