I've studied and used a lot of different group processes over a long period of time starting wtih Scott Peck's Community Building Workshop. Now I consult to closely held and/or family owned businesses using a variety of methods, but often Open Space or Dynamic Facilitation. I'm also a long-time Focusing practitioner and a psychologist. Visited Bregenz Austria in '08 and was inspired by what Manfried Heilrigl is doing with Wisdom Council through a government agency.

Tell us about a meaningful experience you have had with self-organizing and/or ways you are engaging with new forms of leadership and organization.: Succession in family-owned business often means transitioning from one iconic leader to several leaders and/or owners. There are three distinct systems operating, each with its own values and norms. The Family System where Love Rules, the Business System, where Expansion and Profitability rule, and the Ownership System where the interest is often in profit-taking. Confusion often reighs when one person, wearing multiple system hats, uses family rules, for example, to make business decisions. Passion runs high, and tempers often run short. It's all good~~