I am who I am because of the lands and the peoples who have shaped me.
First of all there is this magical land I am honoured to live on: sLOVEnia. It gives me roots, and it fuels my spirit. Among many other places of power that are dear to me I particularly treasure Greece (Crete especially).
My mother Rozi gave me empathy; my father Frenki clarity of mind.
My children, now thriving young adults, are my eternal call to what really matters.
And then there is this tribe of friends who share the same passions in many places around the world (as well as at home): thank you for journeying together.
Art of Hosting Conversations That Matter is both an inspiring global community (that was birthed in my native Slovenia) and a platform of resources, learnings, inspiring questions. Formed in the true spirit of co-creation towards greater good, it has no opragnisational platform, no leader, and no copyright.
In its essence, it is an approach to leadership that scales up from the personal to the systemic using personal practice, dialogue, facilitation and the co-creation of innovation to address complex challenges
International Association of Facilitators (IAF)
As a certified professional facilitator, IAF member and president of IAF Chapter Slovenia, I have been drawing on the knowledge and methodological skills of this global organization for years.
The stories we consciously or unconsciously tell each other - about ourselves, the organization or the community - have tremendous power, as they either open or close the field of possibilities, and thus the potential for positive futures. Chené Swart, with her Re-authoring the World approach, has been a deep source of inspiration for my work with groups: how to transform helplessness into agency; to co-create positive futures that re-dignify all involved.
Appreciative Inquiry focuses on leveraging an organization's core strengths, rather than seeking to overcome or minimize its weaknesses. It is a systematic discovery into the vital core of any living system (organization, group, team, community, family, individual) and a strategic tool to manifest its full potentiality for the benefit of the whole. It is both a comprehensive multi-stakeholder change management tool, and a worldview that can be applied to a wide range of small-scale interventions (meetings, job interviews, coaching …).
Nonviolent communication is an ‘operating system’ for collaborating within the partnership paradigm that has proven useful and beneficial in a range of human interactions: from conflict resolution to organizational development to family and personal growth.
Ki aikido for me is an immensely rich resource of embodied learning on how to be in healthy dialogue with myself, the Other, and All of Life. It teaches me how to stay relaxed and focused no matter what intensity comes my way – and actually enjoy the energy; shifting it from the perceived attack to harmony. It is an utmost source of joy, insight and revelation for me. And: what I learn on the mat is easily transferrable to the ‘real life outside the dojo (practice field)’.
Frederic Laloux’s groundbreaking book about next-stage organisations was written for people (founders of organizations, leaders, coaches, and advisors) who sense that something is broken in the way we run organizations today and who feel deeply that more must be possible… but wonder how to do it. The book started off a whole global movement that restores hope and offers practical examples and tools for transforming organizations into soulful workplaces, full of authenticity, community, passion, and purpose. Learn more …
In Theory U, Otto Scharmer gives words to a holistic, non-linear ‘listening to the future as it emerges’ that is in some way happening in all innovative processes. By providing a framework, stages and capacities needed to access that deeper dialogue with the future, Theory U can be a powerful guide in navigating complex personal, professional and community challenges.
The Cynefin framework is used to aid decision-making: helping leaders and commuities determine the levels of complexity and order in their specific contexts, so that they can design appropriate solutions. Increasingly relevant in times of growing complexity and change, Cynefin offers four contextrual domains from which to analyse behaviour and adopt strategies: Simple, Complicated, Complex, Chaotic and Disorder at the centre.
Photo: D. Snowden's work; CC BY-SA 3.0
This compilation of participatory methods offers a set of principles and methods (both well-known and new ones) to spark participation and innovativeness in groups of any size. I especially like its easy-to-learn, freely-shared approach that is evolving into a worldwide community of practitioners.
I see circle as the prototype of the emerging culture of co-creation, which many organizations, groups, families and communities are longing for – spaces of power and possibility, in which participants affirm the gifts they each bring into the whole, and together create the future they want. This is enabled by the simple yet powerful structure that allows deep listening, and deep hearing and deep seeing of oneself, the other and the whole.
The School of Lost Borders is an interconnected circle of men and women who share a deep respect for the land, human nature, ceremony, and each other.
People who are touched by the school’s offerings recognize that a full life is made up of big and small initiating experiences, each one precious and offering opportunities for growth. The school's guides are skilled midwifes in supporting the natural transitions and initiations of living and dying.
I have been super inspired by the collection of books (the key one published by Slovenia’s Academy of Arts and Sciences) about the indigenous Slovenian earth-centered wisdom that was very much alive as little as 100 years ago. Pavle Medvescek, a local custodian, back in the 1960’s earned the trust of a community of nature-worshippers that survived high in Slovenian mountains (near the beautiful Soča river) despite countless attempts by the Christians to wipe these practices (and these people) out. This revival goes hand-in-hand with numerous movements around the world, to reclaim indigenous wisdom for restoring wholeness in the human psyche, and in the world.