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SOLWorld - Africa

Seeking contributions from those interested in Solution-focused Brief Thought and Practice in the context of Africa. Africa is considered an emerging market - characterised by complexity, diversity and uncertainty. How does/might SFBT&P show up here?

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Ubuntu - how does this show up elsewhere? 12 Replies

Living and working in Africa I'm deeply influenced by the philosophy and practices of ubuntu - "I am because we are". This way of being in the world  was both deeply troubling andreassuring while I…Continue

Started by Svea van der Hoorn. Last reply by Svea van der Hoorn Aug 16, 2010.

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Comment by Brian Keith Jennings on September 9, 2020 at 13:09

Hi Everyone, are we still open to connecting in this space, seems more friendly than facebook!

Comment by Svea van der Hoorn on May 8, 2014 at 6:29

Hi Audrey - thanks for posting and very good to hear from you. I'd love to hear more about how you organise yourselves and what topics you share experiences around. I remember when the SolutionSurfers training was about to happen and hoped it might lead to something significant and community building - and it has! Which is to your and everyone else credit. I remember you too from SOLWorld. I hope to continue the conversations in Stockholm later this year. Best wishes to you all.

Comment by Audrey kahara-kawuki on May 8, 2014 at 1:16

Greetings from Uganda, Kampala! A coaching Community was formed in Uganda (CCU) after being introduced to Solution Focused coaching by Peter Szabo. We share our experiences and insights every first wednesday of the month except in December for obvious reasons. We have been represented in three SOLWORLD conferences and will be there in September 2014. This connection is very powerful and cannot be traded for anything. More sharing in Sweden.

Comment by Svea van der Hoorn on June 23, 2013 at 7:57

Welcome to Brian Keith Jenkins who is located in Ghana. Thanks for joining the SOLWorld Africa group. This group has been pretty quiet for a while - however, the next 6 months I'll be contacting members again actively inviting you to post some progress stories and success stories about your Solution-focused Brief Thinking and Practice as it is showing in Africa.

Comment by Svea van der Hoorn on November 13, 2012 at 10:52

Good news - South Africa's connections with Solution-focused Brief Thinking & Practice is visible in the recently published celebration of Steve and Insoo's lives and work. At the moment the book is available in only German. Title: Begegnungen mit Steve de Shazer und Insoo Kim Berg. Editors: Manfred Vogt, Ferdinand Wolf, Peter Sundman, Heinrich N. Dreesen. 2012: SolArgent Media. ISBN 978-3-8080-0686-3. Order via

Page 69 - a prose piece: 

"Tragedy Excavating to Compost-making: a Journey that Grew from Reading Minimal Elegance by Steve de Shazer"

followed by a poem "A pantoum of appreciation"

If you'd like the English versions let me know your e-mail address.


Comment by Svea van der Hoorn on September 18, 2012 at 19:19

EBTA conference is about to take place in Poland. And there is talk of creating some kind of body at which national associations are represented. Are there any African nations with national bodies for SF or SFB? If yes, please post where and who to contact.

I'd like to imagine that our voices and contributions will be welcomed at EBTA if it emerges in a re-structured form and / or in any new international organisation formed via national associations.

Is it time to develop a South African national association for SF(B)?

Please post your thoughts. Tx svea

Comment by Svea van der Hoorn on September 18, 2012 at 19:16

Well, it has been some time since I posted but, better sometime than never! At the recent SOL conference in Oxford I was privileged to talk with 2 women from Uganda who stood out for their incisive questions and comments about the intircacies of the langauge that is core to SF. We discovered we'd all participated in the SolutionSurfers Brief Coaching programme - and we were hearing it in each others language!

Anyone else got a story about making connections via hearing a familiar way of speaking?

Comment by Svea van der Hoorn on September 22, 2010 at 7:30
The diary project initiated by Gale Miller at the Malmo SFBT&P Summit in May 2010 is quietly gaining momentum here in South Africa. I am steadily conducting a snowball of conversations with people using SFB thinking and practice in their work. And, to spread the range and gather more contributions quickly, I have composed a set of questions that you can respond to, and then e-mail back to me.

This project is about locating SFB thought and practice in time and space as a way of developing a picture of how SFB thought and practice is manifesting in 2010.

You can e-mail me on
Comment by Svea van der Hoorn on September 22, 2010 at 7:25
hello and welcome Madi. Good to speak with you recently. The book is about to leave Cape Town to be on its way to you. Happy reading. Would be interested to hear your comments about the two books by Peter Szabo - the earlier and longer blue book with Insoo and the more recent slimmer one with Daniel. Best wishes, Svea
Comment by Madi Hanekom on September 8, 2010 at 8:43
Good morning everybody, as a newbee SF'er, I'm excited to join this group. Thanks Svea for alerting me to this.

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