It was the first time that the five certified practitioners in New Zealand had been in the same physical space. Having us all together, with our 15 year mutual commitment to the Map showed the depth and breadth of the field that the Map now occupies.
Who was there:
Marjolein Lips-Wiersma, who is now Professor of Sustainability and Ethics at AUT in Auckland.
Patricia and Richard Greenhough, Directors of Lifetime Learning, both NLP master Trainers who have used the Map for over 15 years.
Dave Burton, who was at the very first workshop we ever ran, and had been using the Map ever since. Many of you would know him and Patricia through the case studies they contributed in the book.
Ilse Sheehan, who has worked with leaders and is now doing her PhD on introducing sustainability into organisations. She wants to use the Map in her PhD, but it is early days.
Gaylene Denford-Wood, who is also doing a PhD on a specific form of mindfulness, semenaria, an the benefits it may offer to teachers. She also wants to use the Map and it is early days also for her.
Lisa Mullions, who runs Work Aroha, a career advisory service. She is new to the work, wonderfully enthusiastic and a natural connector and marketer.
Lani Morris, now emerging as CEO of the Map of Meaning International, a charitable trust we are setting up to help create and support a network of co-operatively learning practitioners (whether certified or not).
The first thing that became obvious was that many of us did not know each other. So we did a collage about our life, how we met the Map of Meaning and our journey with this. This was such a rich beginning, to share our stories and learn about each other. We were from different parts of the world but one thing that struck us was how many of us had our early years in close contact with the land, the seasons, with people who loved the land.
After lunch Patricia led an engaging and practical session on how to use the Map of Meaning in relationships, followed by Gaylene’s discussion on her PhD and how she thought she might use the Map and Ilse’s discussion on her PhD and how she might use the Map.
The next day we started off with Patricia’s Solution Finding Process, and then went straight into Dave sharing how he used the Map in organisations. Lots of rich examples, discussion, sharing from others who had used the Map in organisations.
After lunch Marjolein asked us to think about how she might include the Map in the 3 year Batchelor of Business and Sustainability degree she has been developing at AUT.
To integrate all our learning we walked in pairs through the Map and then made our farewells.
We will be running another seminar this year, to coincide with the Meaningful Work conference at AUT on December 1st and 2nd.