Schedule of Meetings
We hold meetings in London and the North of England. We currently focus our meetings around a workshop of around 1.5 to 2 hours in length with some great speakers / facilitators. In addition, we spend the rest of the meeting sharing SF news and forthcoming events, plus offering SF support to all who attend with any matters they wish to raise for our emergent agenda. In 2017 we may shake up the format a little and we are introducing one Saturday event for those who have difficulty attending in the week.
London – What SF organisational practitioners can learn from therapists
The next SFiO UK meeting in London is on Monday 6 March 2017 when we are thrilled to welcome Chris Iveson of Brief. Chris is one of the leading authorities in SF brief therapy, a book author and a brilliant practitioner. While SFiO is focused on using SF in organisations, we can still learn a lot from the world of SF therapy. All members, guests and newcomers are welcome, bookings will be open on Eventbrite very soon. Overseas Members are very welcome to visit. Make a note in your diary!
We are awaiting confirmation of a date for the summer and the speaker.
On Saturday October 14, we are delighted to welcome Liselotte Baeijaert. Liselotte will be discussing how Ilfaro (her company) has helped develop SF in organisations. Make a note in your diary!
John Brooker – Chapter Head UK
Our next SFiO Northern Chapter meeting
will take place on Monday 3rd April 2017, so please reserve this in your diary. The meeting will run from 12 noon to 6pm.
We are delighted to announce that John Lewis’s new store in Leeds has a Community Hub that is available – free of charge – for community groups and non-profits such as ours, so I have booked this room for our next meeting. Since this is next to the store cafe, I propose that there will be NO ATTENDANCE FEE for this meeting as long as we are happy to pop next door when we need drinks and food. Happy to take feedback on that one as if you would prefer me to research catering options and make a small charge, please let me know.
And I am even more delighted to announce that Carey Glass is going to host the feature presentation/workshop with the title:
“Working with complex issues in organisations.”
Moving out of traditional frameworks and moving forward faster freely. A guide that’s been tested.
The Eventbrite link will follow next week, and the room is limited to 24 places, so when you see the link, please book on. Once the 24 places have gone, the meeting will be fully booked.
Please circulate to your networks.
For more information, feel free to contact me:
Andrew Gibson, Director, Business Services Leeds Ltd.
June 2016 – London Meeting Report
The UK chapter of ASFiO met in London on Monday 13 June. This time our topic was inspired by our annual desire to look at a related ‘neighbouring’ field, and we looked at improvisation with our guest presenter Pippa Evans. Pippa is becoming quite a star in the UK comedy world, with her Edinburgh shows attracting attention and her improve group Showstopper having a West End run with their improvised musicals (yes, that’s right – they improvise a full 2 hour musical every night based on audience suggestions!). We were delighted to welcome her to share some of the skills and ideas that she uses in her performances.
A group of around 20 SF practitioners assembled, including some new faces. Our usual scene-setting and lunch led into Pippa’s energetic 2 ½ hour session which focused on the power of focused attention, thinking Yes, listening for the ‘offer’ and responding constructively to it. The session really fizzed with activity, followed by reflection as we all connected the ideas to our SF work as coaches, consultants and managers. Pippa is running Improv Your Life courses in London which are well worth attending – more details at http://www.pippaevans.com/improv-your-life.html.
As usual, we also assembled an ‘emergent agenda’ of topics brought by participants. These ranged from ways to handle a challenging client, options for workshop facilitation with a group who have ‘seen it before’ and possibilities for future events.
The first meeting of ASFIO UK meeting was on Monday 21 March at our NEW VENUE: Oxford House in Bethnal Green, London (Central Line tube).
Andrew Gibson led a very participative and useful session based on his work using SF ideas to help businesses develop by focusing on how they help others. Andrew Gibson slides
There was the usual emergent agenda, networking, trip to the pub etc.