The last week has been intense and there is a lot to say that does not fit here.  But a theme could be about how being absent can be an act of leadership.  Letting go of control, and trust that what you have built will manage it self, or that it will move into a new phase in a positive way if you dare to stay away.

I was in Engaruka Valley during the 12th European Network meeting of “Begeistring Community – The European Network around Appreciative Inquiry and Strength Based Change”

In the Rift Valley there is no phone network so for four days I was cut off.  The network meeting in Manchester was the 12th European meeting since 2006 and the first one where I was not present.   And it seems that when I was not there, lots of things happened that I have been wishing for.  I was told by others that I had my own space at the meeting, and that I was missed.

I felt connected, and had a sense that I have been part of creating a community that will sustain itself over time.  During the meeting invitations was offered for the next four meetings; Croatia, Italy, France and Czech republic.  So we now know that the network will remain until 2013.  Great progress.

There were also presentations of methods, tools and concepts.  Two tools that I have been involved in creating was present in a successful way; Essay in Two Voices and Metasaga.

All this while I was walking the dust of the Engaruka Valley

 

 

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